The Queen shared her grandmotherly concerns that children may desert books for technology during a recent ceremony at Buckingham Palace where she presented author Joanne Harris with an MBE for services to literature. After the ceremony Harris explained that the Queen "asked me what I thought about eBooks and computer games and said that she feared that children were playing with those more than they were reading books". Read more here.
However, Your Majesty, worry not - children are reading as much as, if not more than ever. This editorial from the Observer, on Sunday 13 October “Don't worry, Your Majesty, we are reading more than ever before” should help to reassure you and all the other Nannas. It points out that “this year, in all media, from iPhones, tablets and Nooks, to enhanced hardbacks and collectors' editions, the consumption of the written word has soared to an all-time high…” “…people under 30 are now reading more books, in more formats, than they were 10 years ago.”
Furthermore if you have fond memories of reading the book, Chocolat by Joanne Harris - or seeing the 2000 film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp - we have it available to borrow as an audiobook through our Overdrive service.