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Which Kindle should I get my 10 year old?

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Initial post: Feb 6, 2014 12:21:19 PM PST
Smiles says:
It was recommended that I get my 10 year old a kindle to help with his reading comprehension. Specifically one that reads to him as he follows along. I didn't realize there are so many choices! I'm a little apprehensive about getting the Kindle Fire because I don't want him playing video games instead of reading! Can anyone tell me the pros an cons of getting a kindle white vs. kindle fire? And which size, special offers/no special offers, 3G, etc?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 12:48:03 PM PST
The PaperWhite has no audio capability. The only Kindle currently being sold new that is not a Fire and offers text-to-speech is the large size DX. There are parental controls you can apply to Fires, but the games and apps will still be available.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 12:50:09 PM PST
I think they are still selling refurbished Touch models, too. Those have excellent audio capabilities and in a compact size. Certified Refurbished Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 1:11:26 PM PST
Zebras says:
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display Here's the link to the Kindle Keyboard, I thought its Text To Speech was better than the Touch's. But that is always a matter of opinion.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 1:13:28 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 1:54:08 PM PST
The USB port issue on the first gen Fires has been corrected in the models released since then.

There are more choices for TTS with the Fire HDX than on the Kindle Keyboard or Touch. It is much improved over earlier years.

Any Kindle purchased from Amazon can be returned in the first 30 days if it doesn't meet your needs.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 1:56:37 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
The TTS (Text-to-speech) on the Kindle DX and Touch have a very robotic voice.

Who recommended you get him a Kindle? Maybe they can tell you what models they have seen that works best for the situation.

The Fires do have parental controls that let you block games and internet.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 2:15:59 PM PST
The robot voice also mispronounces words, not exactly the thing to help reading comprehension. All-in-all, not a good suggestion.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 2:24:29 PM PST
I'd be interested to know who suggested it - was it a friend or a child development professional? Because I don't think any text-to-speech is a good tool in the process; the intonation is often wrong, the cadence isn't ideal, and the pronunciation can be pretty wild. If you want something that reads aloud to him, you'd do much better to use audio books rather than TTS (audio books are real people reading, TTS is a computer voice). If you use Whispersync for Voice, you can get audio versions of kindle books fairly cheaply, and then play them on an mp3 player while he reads his kindle.

But of course, far better even than that option is to have a real person right there with him. If you don't have the time for it, surely you could find someone who would?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 2:32:52 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
With WhisperSync for Voice on the Fires, you just read along as the audio books plays. No need for a separate mp3 player

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 4:11:39 PM PST
Yes, I know. But the OP said she was reluctant to get a Fire because of the potential for her son to play games rather than read. Plus I personally wouldn't recommend a backlit device for a struggling reader; there are all sorts of visual issues that may be playing into his reading struggles, and encouraging *more* screen time rather than less isn't desirable either.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 6:43:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2014 6:51:25 PM PST
BookLover says:
I would think the Immersion Reading might be ideal. It plays professional narration while the text is highlighted in the book. It definitely sounds better than the text-to-speech, and is available on all Fires.

Edited to add link.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 7:12:10 PM PST
That's true - games and apps are still available, but with the Free Time app, you can control what your child has access to. So, if you want your child to access only books, they can access only books. You can also allow access to games and apps but limit it to 30 minutes per day. Both my kids - 8 year old and 11 year old - have Kindle Fires, and they are both reading on them right now.

All that said, I think reading comprehension just comes with practice, regardless of what form of media you are using. You mentioned your 10-year-old is a boy. I know for my boy, he prefers non-fiction books. For example, he is reading "I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916", and his reading comprehension is much better than with a fiction book. I have also found that Sports Illustrated for Kids and National Geographic for Kids appeals to my boy much more than any fiction book. You are likely very much like me and have tried a bunch of things to encourage reading, and I have found the Kindle Fire to be a useful tool for us, but we don't use it exclusively.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 7:26:41 PM PST
Smiles says:
Thanks for your comment and suggestions! Unfortunately most of the computerized comprehension tests he takes at school are on fiction books. He does prefer non-fiction. Having two girls who are avid readers, I just want him to have a love for reading too.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 7:56:15 PM PST
My son used TTS extensively when he was about that age and it helped his reading comprehension immeasurably. He has autism, and processing issues. I really recommend it. He used a kindle touch. The Fire is also an option.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 3:33:12 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
My son also preferred non-fiction at that age. He is an adult and still prefers non-fiction. He loved books like the annual World Record books because they didn't require the committment that a novel did.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 3:36:38 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Not everyone has a love for reading fiction, no matter how much the schools try to force it. I'm guessing the school uses that horrid Accelerated Reader program.

My sister is very well-read but seldom reads a book. She prefers to read magazines with in-depth articles about history, psychology or medicine.

Encourage your son to read the non-fiction on his own time. That will improve his reading skills that will later carry over to the required school reading. Good luck to you and your son.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 5:38:03 AM PST
My son's school uses Accelerated Reader. He ROCKS it; he has the most points of anyone in the *school*. But ... he's a fiction reader. So there you go. That said, he does love books like Guinness and The Big Book of Why, and those "Just Disgusting" books. But there aren't AR tests for those.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 5:40:15 AM PST
My son is 10, as well. :0) If you get your son a Fire, you can easily set the parental controls to block EVERYTHING except books for the times that you want him to read only.

But the nice thing is that you CAN put really fun (and even educational) apps on there, and use them as an incentive, or for in-the-car play, or what have you. YOU can control when he gets access to what application.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 5:42:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2014 5:42:30 AM PST
Too bad Milo Snotrocket isn't on AR.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 5:45:01 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Is Captain Underpants on AR?
Son liked Captain Underpants. He also liked comic strips like Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes. Many comic strips contain more complex words and ideas than some kids books.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 6:59:58 AM PST
Patricia B says:
I have Kindles of all variety and recommend you get the HDX of the size that works best for you. As others have already said, parental controls can really lock down what your child can or cannot do. Having the option to play games after completing education work may help motivate. Also, there are a lot of great educational apps out there that can help. Currently, my 9 year old uses a 2012 Fire HD and my 7 year old has a 2013 Fire HD. The Fire HD my 7 year old does not have a camera or a microphone (which means she has to share her sisters while doing spelling drills.) I use the paperwhite for reading, and do not recommend the device for anyone who is not a serious accomplished reader. Also keep in mind that there are a few good reading apps out there. Storia, for example, can now be used on KindleFire or IPad and has excellent enhanced ebooks. (Read to you, Read along, and other great features.) I have run into a few problems with graphics intensive books (specifically Geronimo Stilton) that just don't work on the smaller sized Kindles that we own.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 7:08:50 AM PST
I would go with a Fire, it will "grow" with him. Check the free app of the day today - Stack the countries - I grabbed it for car rides for my grandkids:) Also bought Stack the States - I really love some of the available educational games/apps!
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