I'll admit to being as fond as anyone of having dozens of books at my fingertips, stored in the Kindle app on my iPhone. The convenience is undeniable. That said, I've been increasingly unsettled by the ever-growing evidence of parents giving very young children electronic devices to use for learning to read and then for regular reading use. My inner Librarian firmly believes that uses of this method for children should be few and far between. Children are tactile creatures and paper books definitely serve them well. Board books are particularly tasty for new and early readers. There has been a growing trend in adults of recognizing the need to "unplug" from the constant pull of electronic demands, to reclaim some quiet time, to indulge a daydream, to just rest and be. I very much understand this need. Parenting also benefits from such a move. What parent hasn't spent priceless hours sitting with a child in lap, reading aloud, giving voices to the characters, as the child helps by turning the pages (sometimes before it's needed ) and pointing and naming the objects pictured on the pages? Kindle reading just isn't the same. Children's books are sensory feasts; e-readers for children are fast food shortcuts. Just in time for Holiday Shopping, Amazon has launched a Kindle e-reader device solely designed for and devoted to children, The Kindle Kids Edition. (Link is the initial Press Release.) I offer you a thoughtful article from today's Washington Post. I lead you in with this: Sigh.