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Screen addiction drawing more attention

A recent New York Times post draws more attention to “screen addiction” – something that’s not officially diagnosed as a clinical disorder here in the U.S. (it is in China). The general argument of the post is that kids spend way too much time playing video games, watching videos on the Internet, playing Candy Crush on their parent’s iPhones, etc. …

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Podcasts in the Classroom

I’m always surprised when my three-year-old randomly starts recounting to me every single detail of some offhand story we told him a month ago just to distract him at the time from resisting bath time. But that sort of behavior was enough to push us toward launching Tales Untold, challenging notions of kids’ ability to comprehend more complex language and episodic …

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Book publishers discovering youth non-fiction

Children’s and young adult books are experiencing a Renaissance of sorts. Compared with the year prior, the category saw a 30 percent increase in revenue during the first quarter of 2014. Compare that to a 4 percent drop among adult fiction and non-fiction over the same time periocd, and you can see where the money is. Not surprisingly, most of those kids …

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Do reading apps really teach kids to read?

You don’t need to have a kid to know how dependable a babysitter an iPad can be. Look around any restaurant or airplane and you’ll see plenty of quiet young children (emphasis on quiet) plugged in. There’s a certain solace some parents get by ensuring, via educational apps, that their kids are at least learning something while staring at a tiny screen in their palms, …

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Read out loud to your kids (duh.)

A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading out loud to children of all ages fosters brain development and literacy. Here’s a report by PBS Newshour on the study, including an interview with the lead author. Not surprisingly, much of the benefit comes from the 1:1 time you and your child spend together while you read. But the act of …

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Ears are tuned to episodic podcasting

When I was in grad school ten years ago (yeeesh), I was really excited about the idea of podcasting. I posted mp3 files of our Journalism school’s radio program to a server, manually updated an XML file that I had registered with iTunes, and sat back to watch the downloads rack up. I think our most popular show may have reached double digits… Looking …

Authors skipping the printed page

This recent article from the New York Times is a nice bit of validation for what we’re doing here at Tales Untold. The popularity of digital audio and the maturation of its delivery mechanisms have led authors – and publishers – to bypass traditional print and go straight to your ears. From the article by Alexandra Alter: [quote author=’New York Times’]“The …