Make Learning Fun Again! Amarillo Public Library Has New Interactive Books
When I was growing up, learning to read could be fun yet boring.
When you're 5 or 6 years old, a bunch of words printed on paper felt like being punished.
You knew you had to learn it, but you would rather go to the dentist and have a tooth pulled.
Amarillo Public Library has changed that narrative though with the introduction of Wonderbooks!
These books are the same old print books we grew up with, but with an added feature. They have audio players built right into them!
I know what you're thinking. What a cheap way for the kids to try and learn to read. They're just going to listen to it and not actually read it. Believe me, I thought the same thing until I heard what they can do.
There are two different modes you can use on the Wonderbooks. There's one for reading, and one for learning.
Cindi Wynia, assistant director of library services, Amarillo Public Library told NewsChannel 10, "The kids can really get into that story and hear the story, they can read it with their own eyes, and it helps them understand what’s happening in the story better,"
In essence, putting the book on reading mode will allow them to hear and see the words together, which in theory should allow the kids to understand the words they're seeing a bit easier.
There is also a learning mode on the book that will help them increase their reading comprehension skills. When in learning mode, the book will ask the reader some open-ended questions about the book. It teaches the kids how to understand what they just read and what things in the book mean.
These books and the equipment that goes with it will be available at all 5 Amarillo Public Library locations, and each location will have a very limited amount of them available.