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Best E-reader for Kids

Paper books versus e-reader: kids in library

Learning to read is fundamental and children who grow to enjoy reading are often ahead in other subjects as well. Modern technology has made reading even easier with the introduction of e-readers, which provide educational opportunities that few parents had growing up. An e-reader’s portability only adds to the possibilities it offers.
Current e-readers have just about all of the titles that are available in print, and several have built-in applications that offer learning games, puzzles and more. We’ve chosen e-readers for our list that offer a comfortable reading experience without too many other distractions, allowing children to engage with books and help inspire a love of reading.

Best Experience

Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Includes Special Offers (Electronics)


List Price: $129.99 USD
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The Kindle Paperwhite is available in classic black and other colors, and there are many features that make it ideal for children to use. It is waterproof so accidental spills don’t have to be so worrisome., and the battery lasts for weeks instead of mere hours. The light is adjustable, making it ideal for any environment. It also offers 8 or 32 GB storage, so large volumes of books or magazines can be downloaded onto the device. This option is best for children beginning to read chapter books as it doesn’t display color.. Choose this for children 8 and older.

The Likebook Mars E-Reader is a good choice for children for several reasons, the first being that it has a touchscreen and children definitely like to put their fingers on just about anything. Many kids are tactile learners. This device also has a powerful Android system and is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi supported. One of the most beneficial things about this e-reader is its dual-mode color temperature front light, which doesn’t put as much stress on little eyes as other models. This e-reader is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

Largest Display

Fire HD 8 Tablet (8″ HD Display, 16 GB) – Black (Electronics)


List Price: $79.99 USD
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The Fire HD 8 Tablet is popular among families with children for good reason. The large display is only one of them. The fast processor and large amount of RAM mean kids don’t get frustrated waiting for something to load. It has a large internal storage that can be expanded to an amazing 400 GB with a micro SD. That means you can download all the games, videos and books you want for your child. This is everything kids (or parents) would want in an e-reader. It’s a good option for children 8 or older, or for younger children with adult supervision.

Most Versatile

Kobo Clara HD 6″ Carta E Ink Touchscreen E-Reader (Electronics)


List Price: $122.26 USD
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Going to the local library is a tradition for many families. The Kobo Clara Touchscreen E-Reader is something you’ll want to take along on your next visit. There are many different types of reading materials available for children of all ages to download. This little device makes it easy to take part in everything the library has to offer. It is also user-friendly for everyone in the family, including the kids, and it is recommended for children 8 and older.

Best Range

Kindle is the brand that introduced the world to digital reading. This e-reader model allows readers to look up word definitions, highlight words and passages, and adjust text size. All of this can be done without ever having to leave the page. These are great features for kids. If they don’t know the meaning of a word, they can look it up right away without disrupting the story. Parents can highlight areas of the story they may want to discuss with their children later. The vast amount of available reading material alone makes this one worth buying. The Kindle is recommended for children 7 or older, or younger with adult supervision.

Expert Commentary 

“Children will be expected to operate a tablet in grade school and an e-reader can prepare them for that. I am extremely sensitive to blue light. Because of that, I love the Kindle Paperwhite. It is the most book-like of any e-reader on the market. I am also a big fan of the Fire given all of the easy-to-use parental controls.”

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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Grace Vest


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