The children’s laureate Malorie Blackman wants to make electronic books more available to children. In an event at The Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature she said we must do everything we can to encourage children to read, whatever the medium.
"If you want to read on a smart device, all power to you," she said. "It’s about having great stories available, and making sure that children find these books irresistible. I personally love printed books. But as long as children are reading on some device, I’m an advocate of that."
She said there is too much snobbery attached to children’s reading. "When I was at school, I used to love comics, and I remember my teacher marching up to me and ripping the comic out of my hand," she said. "We’ve got to encourage children to read for pleasure and read whatever takes their fancy and not be ashamed of that."