Audio books are becoming more and more popular, as people have less time to sit down and read a book. Taking advantage of iPods and MP3 players to listen to the latest bestseller as they rush through their daily lives is more common practice.
In the direction of using more of the latest technology gadgets is the developing of the audio books industry. Its emerging trend is following the latest technologies and it is adapting accordingly, offering more and more titles from all genres and for all audiences.
Audio books can work very well alongside printed books for kids that have grasped the basics of reading, but need to develop vocabulary further. They can sit down with the printed book and follow the text as they listen to it, being read on a CD or MP3 download. But they can also download it from the following web pages and have it on their computers, tablets or mobile phones.
Hearing of the story aloud brings it to life, both for children and for adults. Hearing a book read aloud, as an audio book, teaches everyone the correct pronunciation of words that might otherwise be hard to work out from the complexities of English spelling.
By listening to the same story over and over as children love to do, they can memorize it better and will suddenly find that they can actually ‘read’ the printed book with the help of their memory. This skill soon translates to real reading, as word recognition increases. If parents have time to read aloud to their children this is invaluable in developing a love of reading, but today when we are hard-pressed to find the time for more than a quick bed-time story, audio books give us another way of satisfying our children’s demand for more stories and give them the love of good books and the motivation to learn to read themselves.
I do not think that audio books should replace reading to your children, nothing can be better than snuggling up to Mom or Dad on the sofa, but they can supplement reading time when Mom or Dad are too busy to sit still!
Another perfect way to use audio books for kids is when travelling. Take along a few favorite audio books and you can get through hours of tedious driving with barely a complaint! The same goes for adults’ travelling – only the topic of the books will vary!!
I really sincerely recommend that each child should have own system and own gadget of using audio book, so that “peace” is in order
The huge range of books available as audio books, from Harry Potter to Roald Dahl, means that there is something for each age group and endless variety, from the classics like Winnie the Pooh and the Narnia series to the Philip Pullman.
If you would like to build up a collection of kids’ audio books in an affordable way, consider joining an online audio book club, where for a reasonable monthly fee you can download one or more books every month, according to your membership plan. Your only problem will be resisting the enticing books on offer for adults and heading over to the kids’ section!