Amazon Now Has a Kindle For Kids—And It’s the Perfect Gift for Little Bookworms

published Oct 11, 2019
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As a kid, I was a huge nerd. I know people say that all the time, but when I was in 4th grade I would open up a book on my lap while seated at my desk and read for fun during class. I had one of those desks that had an open shelf to store textbooks and pencil cases, and I would place my book in there and read in secret during math and science lessons. My teacher had no idea whether to reprimand me or encourage me. It’s the most trouble I ever got in as a child.

I’m thinking about this now because Amazon just announced the launch of their new Kindle Kids, which, as you’ve probably surmised, is a Kindle made exclusively for kids. It’s designed solely for reading, so no worries about distractions from apps, videos, or games, plus includes tools like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder to strengthen reading skills. It’s made for both beginner and experienced chapter book readers.

The Kindle itself is no different from the 10th generation Kindle you might already have, just without the ability to download other apps. Each purchase comes with one year of FreeTime Unlimited, which includes thousands of popular kids titles and vocab tools. And if you’re worried about your child breaking it, fear not: It comes with a 2-year warranty, so if it breaks you can easily return and replace it.

Finally, there are four kid-friendly covers to choose from (I’m partial to the fun birds pattern). It’s not available until Oct. 30, but if you pre-order now you’ll get it delivered to your house the day it officially launches. With the holidays quickly approaching (how??), the Kindle Kids is a great gift idea for the little bookworm in your life. Honestly, my first thought is how easy it would be to covertly read on this during class—and on the bus, in the car, in bed, etc.