With summer in full swing, making sure my boys aren’t spending all their time in front of the television is a top priority. My oldest is especially prone to trying to spend all his time playing video games or watching cartoons and so I’ve been ensuring he has lots of other ways to entertain himself always at the ready.
Since Zackary started reading this year, books have been a big part of my strategy for keeping my son entertained and away from the television. And with eReaders becoming more popular with younger children, I was very excited to get the chance to review the Kobo Mini right at the beginning of summer vacation.
Zackary’s a proficient reader for his age and just getting to the point at which chapter books are becoming interesting. I’ve been reading him a chapter from a favourite book each night for over a year but having him doing the reading on his own is a new milestone. I was so excited to celebrate that by giving him a way to read a variety of chapter books whenever he wanted with the PTPA-approved Kobo Mini.
He loved the eReader and it was such a great sight to see my son enjoying some of the books I enjoyed as a child in a new way. I made sure to get classics including books from Judy Blume and Beverley Cleary while also ensuring there were some new favourites from modern authors Jeff Kinney and Riley Clifford. There are even some fun picture books in eBook form and while the illustrations are, of course, only in black and white, Zackary still enjoyed looking at them when he wasn’t in the mood to read something longer.
Personally, I appreciated how easy the Kobo Mini was to charge and to load with books. The Kobo Mini has built-in Wi-Fi and can sync to an existing Kobo account, but since I have my own Kobo, I didn’t use this feature. I didn’t want my collection of books downloading to my son’s eReader! Instead, I just added new children’s eBooks to my son’s device manually when I plugged it into my computer to charge. It took just seconds and worked perfectly. And the device can hold up to 1000 eBooks and lasts for up to one month before needing to be charged!
If you have a child that’s in need of some summer entertainment, Kobo is here to help. The company is very generously offering one lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader their own Kobo Mini! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about your or your child’s favourite children’s author!
Until July 18, the Kobo Mini is available at the incredible price of just $39.99 at top Canadian retailers including Best Buy, Toys”R”Us, Indigo and many more, so make sure to take advantage of the great savings while they last and help your child enjoy their favourite books all summer long. It’s such a great way to introduce your child to the joys of reading!
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