Establishing A Family Book Club

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Remember the days when travel meant lounging on the beach with a good book? When you travel with little kids it is nearly impossible to get into a good book on the beach. Between applying sunblock, watching them near the water and making sure everyone is happy—who has time to read? But if I am not making reading a priority—my kids won’t either. I found that setting the example always works. If my kids see me doing it—they’ll be more inclined to do it, too. I have started reading more books on my device! Since we are always on-the-go it’s hard to lug around books for everyone, so I have been loading up our tablets with plenty of reading for the kids.

Whether we are doing school drop offs and pick-ups all the way uptown and back downtown, heading to the grandparents on the weekends, quick road trips in the car or big trips on planes and boats—we are on-the-move a lot. There are only so many snacks and eye-spy games we can play before I bring out the big guns—digital distraction- but these days the kids are hardly zoning out! They are reading and loving every minute of it!

We are teaching Gemma to read, helping Siella get through more advanced reading levels and finding fun and exciting adventure books for Ryder to get lost in. We also like to travel light so being able to load the tablet with books and other fun reading games is key.

Our go-to tablet for the kids is the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet. The 8” display is large enough for viewing movies and videos but compact enough for travel and there are kid-proof cases in fun colors. With the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription there are so many educational games and books for the kids to read that I feel much less guilty handing it over. I actually encourage it.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription that gives kids access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. Starting May 9th, kids can also enjoy hundreds of hours of fun with ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books, and a growing list of premium kid’s skills with compatible Echo devices. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is pretty amazing—it has a Parent Dashboard where we get to create up to four profiles with age filters, time limits (MAJOR!) and category restrictions. We can also set educational goals. I love that my kids can only access the fun content once they have met their educational goals. Another great detail is while the tablet is in FreeTime mode, the kids do not have access to social media and cannot make in-app purchases without parent approval.

With the Parent Dashboard we basically control everything, you can even remotely pause the device—a digital dream come true! We can monitor how much time our kids spend reading, we also get to read summaries of each book with Discussion Cards listing questions and activity ideas. Reading is so much more fun when it can be a group activity and it helps them with their comprehension and storytelling.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is designed for kids. I love the parental controls and that I can hand it over to the kids without giving them instructions or parameters, since I have already set them. It makes the kids feel like they have some control, too.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is around $99 and the monthly FreeTime Unlimited subscription starts at $2.99 for Amazon Prime Members. I am currently packing for a weekend trip and you can bet that the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet will be in each of my kids carry-on bags! Would love to hear some of your children’s favorite reads in the comments below!

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Once a fashion showroom owner now turned mom and blogger/writer. Brianne Manz lives in New York City with her husband, three children and enjoys their fast paced city life. Her blog Stroller In The City boasts about city living, family travel, kids fashion and all things that are mommy. Being a mom doesn't mean you need to lose sight of the cool stuff. Brianne has has been featured on the Today Show, E! News, and People Magazine to name a few.