While reading the book "Parenting, Inc.", subtitled "How we are sold on $800 strollers, fetal education, baby sign language, sleeping coaches, toddler couture, and diaper wipe warmers--and what it means for our children", I came across some comments the author had about books. Being a book-lover, I am particularly interested in how reading relates to my soon-to-be-born child.
"...parents who discuss the content of traditional books while reading to their children promoted early literacy, while electronic books encouraged a 'slightly coercive parent-child interaction' and were not as effective. The researchers described parents and children reading electronic books together as a 'severely trucated' experience." --p. 102
"The smartest toys, according to educators, are the ones children have played with for generations....A good rule of thumb: the simpler, the better, because the more open-ended and generic a toy is, the more opportunities for varied play experiences. Blocks, building materials, art supplies, balls, pretend play props, and puppets (the old-fashioned kind) trump toys with buttons any day. 'Books should be books,' Linn says, 'not padded with electronic buttons or noised or accompanying CD-ROMs, all of which train children to expect gimmicks from reading, rather than storylines and characters.'" --p. 106
I hope to keep this advice in mind when purchasing toys for my child.