We are just back from a few weeks camping in France. Actual camping with a tent, air mattresses, wind-up torches and no xbox. There was a wifi area on the campsite but not at our tent, and we had no electricity so my kids had to find an outlet in an old communal t.v room and sit there watching French cartoons to charge up any devices they wanted to use. They didn't mind this but it did mean that there was a little effort involved in getting online, which was really great. It just kept them off screens as much as humanly possible. So when I say they were fighting over books it is not because they are saintly geniuses, it is because their options were limited and of course, because I picked great books.
Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library is about a library that is FULL of the latest, coveted computery, touch-screen gizmo's. It reminded me of when my kids used to say "What should I dream about?" and I would say, "Imagine going to a house by a beach with a massive home cinema that was also an xbox and a computer, where everything is touchscreen." I didn't approve at first but its a very clever book and they LOVED it. It's perfect for reluctant readers. Really perfect. For ages eight and up.
These Plants Vs Zombies graphic novels were high on his birthday list,
and so, so coveted by his brothers. Again they were rented out for half hour loans and are in his bedside drawer as I type, only to be perused by the owner. Again, great for screeny kids. They're only available in hardcover so far and not cheap,(around ten euros each) but they are nicely produced and I know will be read many, many times.
Thats not all we read, it really is just what they bickered over. I'll post on the rest later in the week.