What is a “Record Album,” Daddy?

Technology plays a large role in kids lives, but how should it be presented in children’s books? Does it make sense to show corded phones? Can kids relate to a clacking typewriter? Is it better just to stay low-tech, so picture books won’t become date?

A slide show in today’s Slate, “I’m Talking to You, Corded” by children’s book author Erica S. Perl (Ninety-three in My Family and Chicken Bedtime is Really Early) takes an enjoyable look at those and other questions.

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