With the iPad to launch in a few weeks on April 3rd, it's exciting to see how books will adapt to the new medium. Watch this video by Penguin (via Gizmodo) showing how their books turn interactive, especially children's books. Anyone with a toddler knows how they already love the iPhone or any mobile phone for that matter. I'm so happy that Chloe has a deep love for books and can be entertained with them by herself, but I also love it even more when we read together the most. (She recently started to pick books from her shelf for me to read to her.) Having this kind of new technology doesn't mean that it's an automatic babysitter, although inside I know something like this will make a long drive or plane ride more entertaining and educational for a fussy little one!
Just think of it as another medium for you to interact and engage your child. Ask him/her questions about what else you see on the screen, just like you do with a regular printed book. Chloe loves it when I point out all the different colors, animals, or call out numbers.
Whatever happens, in the next year or so books are in the process of being redefined and I'm excited to see how it all pans out!