Home Health Parents News Now Parents Avoiding E-Books for Young Children Parents Avoiding E-Books for Young Children By Holly Lebowitz Rossi November 20, 2011 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Parents Avoiding E-Books for Young Children 29366 This is the case even with parents who themselves are die-hard downloaders of books onto Kindles, iPads, laptops and phones. They freely acknowledge their digital double standard, saying they want their children to be surrounded by print books, to experience turning physical pages as they learn about shapes, colors and animals. Parents also say they like cuddling up with their child and a book, and fear that a shiny gadget might get all the attention. Also, if little Joey is going to spit up, a book may be easier to clean than a tablet computer. "It's intimacy, the intimacy of reading and touching the world. It's the wonderment of her reaching for a page with me," said Leslie Van Every, 41, a loyal Kindle user in San Francisco whose husband, Eric, reads on his iPhone. But for their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Georgia, dead-tree books, stacked and strewn around the house, are the lone option. "She reads only print books," Ms. Van Every said, adding with a laugh that she works for a digital company, CBS Interactive. "Oh, the shame." Image: Parents reading to child, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Parents Avoiding E-Books for Young Children Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.