Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids vs. Kindle Kids Edition: Which should you buy?

When it comes to kids and screen time, it’s an ongoing battle. While you might want to consider getting your child one of the best Android tablets for kids, of which the Amazon Fire Kids tablets are at the top of the list. But if the goal is to promote reading, you might want to opt for an e-reader instead. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids vs. Kindle Kids Edition are both specifically geared toward young readers. And they are an excellent alternative to traditional “screen time” since they are limited to just books and Audiobooks: no distracting apps, videos, or games.

They both have great features, but the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids launched in 2021, and some of the improvements that came to it have made their way to the new Kindle Kids Edition (2022). So what are they, and why choose it over the standard model? Here’s a breakdown of the core features. 

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Header Cell – Column 0 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids Amazon Kindle Kids (2022)
Screen 6.8-inch black & white, anti-glare, 300ppi 6-inch, black & white, anti-glare, 167ppi
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Storage 8GB or 16GB 16GB
Battery life Up to 10 Weeks Up to 6 Weeks
Water resistance IPX8 rating No
Amazon Kids+ trial Yes Yes
2-Year worry-free guarantee Yes Yes
Case colors Emerald Forest, Robot Dreams, Black Space Whale, Ocean Explorer, Unicorn Valley
Audible support Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes
Dimensions 5.1 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches
Weight 321 grams 256 grams