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Should I Use Online Early Reader Books?

Should I Use Online Early Reader Books?

In today's digital age, many educators are turning to online resources to support their teaching. Early reader books are no exception. With a plethora of online early reader books available, it can be tempting to rely solely on these resources to support young readers. However, it's important to consider the pros and cons before making a decision.


Pros of Using Online Early Reader Books:


Access to a Wide Range of Books: Online early reader books provide access to a wide range of titles, including books that may be out of print or difficult to find in physical bookstores or libraries.


Interactive Features: Many online early reader books offer interactive features, such as audio narration, animations, and games, that can make reading more engaging for young learners.


Convenience: Online early reader books can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, making them a convenient option for educators and families.


Cons of Using Online Early Reader Books:


Screen Time Concerns: Excessive screen time has been linked to a variety of health and developmental issues in young children. Using online early reader books may contribute to increased screen time and potentially negative consequences.


Limited Comprehension Practice: Online early reader books may provide limited opportunities for students to practice important comprehension skills, such as inferencing and making connections.


Loss of Tactile Experience: Physical books offer a tactile experience that online books cannot replicate. The act of holding and turning the pages of a book can be an important part of the reading experience for young children.




Online early reader books can be a valuable resource for educators and families, but they should not be the sole source of reading material for young learners. It's important to strike a balance between digital and physical reading experiences and to consider the potential pros and cons before making a decision. By using a variety of resources and materials, educators can provide a well-rounded reading experience for their students.

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