I like the ease of access and sheer variety of children's books available online and through apps. Yet, there is a certain feeling that comes with shopping with your child for books, and then holding and reading that book together. It's a wonderful emotional and tactile experience. I have dozens of books on my iPad and computer, but reading with a child should be a quiet experience unencumbered by concerns over connectivity and battery life.
I hope that teachers and families will continue to invest in a collection of paper books for their students. Then take the time to find a quiet place to read together and make memories. Give books as gifts and write your best wishes inside so the child will remember who gave the book and when.
"For Gina on her 5th birthday
with Love from Grandma"
The technology of paper books will never become obsolete. You will never have to update the operating system, or make sure the battery is charged. It's more forgiving if you drop it, or sit on it, or leave it in the hot sun for an afternoon.
My wife and I have kept all of our daughters favorite books safely stored awaiting the day when they will reclaim them to read to their children, relive their own childhood memories, and create new ones.