"Don't eat the book Emmett!" my 3-year-old son Miles exclaimed as his baby brother brought "Peek-a-Who?" towards his open mouth.
I reminded Miles that babies explore the world with their mouths. With an exasperated but knowing look at me that said "Silly babies," Miles settled in next to me for his bedtime story while Emmett enjoyed chewing on his board book.
We've known for a long time that raising readers starts early. Many pediatric clinics now hand out free books at well-baby appointments and organizations across the country are dedicated solely to the task of encouraging parents to read to their children.
Reading and yes, even eating, books puts the youngest among us on the path towards literacy.
But children today are born into a brave new digital world. How we consume, share, and tell stories is changing quickly, and children's books are not immune to the digital revolution.