When my kids were younger, I used to buy them educational books. They love reading them. Now that they are older and with the upsurge of the internet, my kids rarely read them. I still love the times when we had no computer at home. Educational books are a good introductory hobby for the kids. The habit of reading is instilled and they get lots and lots information from them. Now, kids love computer games rather than educational books. However, it is up to parents to regulate the kids use of computers. But for my kids, the read only when needed in school.