Let’s take a little break from the food and celebrate National Reading Month. As a self-proclaimed bookworm, mother and someone who has worked in education for almost eleven years, I’m a huge proponent of reading. Reading develops the mind and so much more. Teaching children to read helps them develop their language skills and helps them learn to listen… definitely something to celebrate!


It is so much fun watching my 3rd grade daughter follow in my footsteps and enjoy reading as much as I do. I want to do everything possible to encourage and foster her interest in books. The Kindle e-reader ($79) was the perfect motivator to make her want to read a chapter book. It is designed to make great books as accessible and engaging as possible, with zero distractions. With Kindle, children can:

  • Look up definitions as they read to build their vocabulary and increase the font size for easier reading.
  • Use features like Vocabulary Builder – which stores words that kids look up and allows them to quiz themselves with flash cards – or Word Wise, which provides short and simple definitions above difficult words as they’re reading along.
  • Read thousands of books for free, including classics like Treasure Island and eBooks from their local library
  • Easily take their books with them without loading up a heavy backpack, helping to increase the amount of books they read – when one book finishes, they can start the next one right away!

Madelyn reading the Kindle

Madelyn was super excited when our Kindle arrived and I told her she would be the first one in the family to download and read a book of her choice. She downloaded a cute girly chapter book, suitable for her age. I let her bring it to school, to use during silent reading time… she felt pretty spiffy.

We took advantage of the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, another great resource that encourages reading for kids. An all in one subscription starting at $2.99 per month, FreeTime Unlimited offers unlimited access to hundreds of hand-picked chapter books and early readers, all curated for age-appropriateness, so parents don’t have to spend time and money guessing what their kids will enjoy.

FreeTime Unlimited is really cool- definitely worth checking out. It’s great for kids between 3 and 10 years old, providing a world of content for kids to explore in a kid-safe zone. I love that it includes parent controls, which allows you to choose what content your child sees and set educational goals and time limits.

We’re having so much fun with the Kindle and I’m especially pleased that it has made Madelyn so excited about reading!

Something to think about….

How are you celebrating National Reading Month?

Have you ever tried reading on a Kindle? Madelyn and I really enjoyed it. It’s very visually friendly!

What’s your favorite book? If you’re a book worm, like me, check out my book club page!

Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.