Vacation on the lake: swimming, stars and e-books too

by On September 9, 2013 in Childrens Books, General, Reading

Vacation reading with Bookboard. Credit: Diana Dull Akers

Vacation reading with Bookboard. Credit: Diana Dull Akers

Even as the new school year starts, memories of the last day of summer vacation linger. Our family ended the summer with a lovely, much needed week at Lake Tahoe, one of our favorite places to unwind.

Days found us outdoors among the pine trees, rafting and swimming in the lake, searching for crawdads, and eating family meals on the deck.?Nights found us toasting marshmallows by the fire, star gazing and watching movies. And bedtime, just like at home, found us reading books to our child.

Yet one thing was different. It was the first time we packed a tablet to read e-books on vacation.

Initially, I worried that our daughter Hope would pay more attention to the tablet than the great outdoors. She didn’t. ?Things actually worked out perfectly.

Since we all enjoy a good read on vacation, the grown-ups each packed a paperback of choice. If ?our daughter was older and reading more independently, she might have done the same. But as a beginning reader, she needed access to many shorter books to enjoy with us each night. Since we had already overpacked the car with suitcases and supplies, the idea of an additional carton of bedtime books wasn’t pleasing. Having the Bookboard option addressed this issue so well.

Credit: Diana Dull Akers

Cousins love reading together!
Credit: Diana Dull Akers

Each night (and some lazy mornings), we snuggled together on the couch with the tablet, choosing among many wonderful stories that caught Hope’s fancy. Sometimes we completed short books; other evenings we explored longer chapter books. We had plenty of variety, taking up very little space.

When Hope’s cousin and her poppa joined us mid-week, we found out they brought their iPad for vacation reading with Bookboard, too. The coincidence delighted the girls. It was fun to watch them giggling as they huddled together, sharing favorite titles and proudly discussing the books they had unlocked to date.

So it turned out I didn’t have to be afraid of a nature-based vacation being subsumed by screen time. All of us enjoyed the great outdoors from sun up until sundown. Then we enjoyed some e-books at bedtime, too.

Parents, do you have a story to share about summer reading with your children??



Diana is a sociologist, freelance writer and mom, though rarely in that order. Her writing spans topics from parenting joys and challenges to prevention education. She writes a monthly parenting blog for Yahoo and has published feature articles on adoption, family rituals and the childcare industry for parenting publications. Diana earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. These days find her hanging with her husband and book-loving six year old in the San Francisco Bay Area, while happily blogging and serving as a reading advocate for Bookboard.

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