The mismatch of technology and picture books.

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May 8 2008 7:08 AM

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The mismatch of technology and picture books.

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Technology, as we well know, has become a ubiquitous part of American children's lives. With their Baby Einstein DVDs and Leapfrog Baby laptops, even little kids are heading all too close to the parody of the cell-phone-gabbing stroller rider in this paradigmatic New Yorker cartoon. And yet there is one place—a whole world, actually—where children are safely walled off from wired and wireless devices. That is the world of picture books.

Click here for a slide show on technology in children's literature.

Erica S. Perl is the author of Ninety-Three in My Familyand Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early. She has also written two novels for young people that are forthcoming, and she contributes to Pajamazon, the children's book column at Offsprung.com.

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