15 Of The Best Reading Apps For Kids

Are you looking for apps to help your child with their literacy? Here are 15 of the best reading apps for kids, including some for kids learning to read, and others for established readers.

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#1. Montessori Crosswords

Montessori Crosswords Fun Phonics Game for Kids to Learn to Sound Letters Alphabet on the App Store on iTunesBased on the proven Montessori learning method, Montessori Crosswords helps kids develop their reading, writing, and spelling skills by building words from a set of 320 word-image-audio-phonics combinations using a phonics-enabled movable alphabet.

Available on iTunes & Android.

#2. The Sight Word Adventure

The Sight Word Adventure – Best Apps For KidsThe Sight Word Adventure app is a thorough and comprehensive practice system for some of the most important early-reading words that every child must master to gain fluency. Children can learn to recognise, read and write up to 320 words.

Available on iTunes.

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#3. The Land of Me – Story Time

The Land of Me Story Time on the App Store on iTunesThe BAFTA nominated Land of Me Storytime app is a beautiful picture book world, where the characters are alive and where every choice you make has dramatic results. What’s the story? You decide! Join Eric the raccoon, Buddy Boo the bear and Willow the owl on an epic journey through your child’s imagination.

Available on iTunes.

#4. Starfall Learn to Read

Starfall_learn_to_readLearn to read with Zac the Rat. Each numbered section features a vowel sound and its related spelling. Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Encourage your child to play and explore! Perfect app  for emerging readers and English language learners.

Available on iTunes & Android.

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#5. Billy Possum’s Interactive Comprehension

Billy Possum s Interactive Comprehension on the App Store on iTunesCreated as part of a PhD research project, The Adventures of Billy Possum is a beautifully illustrated children’s story adapted from the book ‘The Adventures of Unc’ Billy Possum’.

Throughout each of the 25 chapters, emphasis is placed on ‘making meaning’ at the sentence and text level achieved. Software can be switched on, to help educator/parent understand the child’s reading comprehension, and how many times hints etc. required.

This is a great app for kids who love to read and is best suited for 9-11 year olds.

Available on iTunes.

#6. Playtales

PlayTalesPlayTales’ stories are designed to educate, entertain, and inspire young readers ages 1 to 12. The PlayTales library features classic children’s tales such as The Ugly Duckling and Sleeping Beauty along with new favorites like Pocoyo, Popeye, Betty Boop, and Felix that Cat.

All stories feature a playable format with amazing animations, stunning sound effects, and original music. Three reading options: “Autoplay” “Read to me” and “Read by myself”

Available on iTunes & Android.

#7. MeeGenius

MeeGeniusCaptivate your child’s imagination by giving them access to hundreds of read-along books with MeeGenius, turning your mobile device into an expansive library of digital books for children up to 8 years old. All MeeGenius books are available with read-along word highlighting, rich illustrations, and engaging story narration.

Available on iTunes & Android.

#8. Dr. Seuss’s ABC

dr_seuss_abcsLearn your ABCs with Dr. Seuss in this interactive book app for young readers! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalise the story with your own narration. From Aunt Annie riding an Alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, learning to read is an unforgettable adventure with Dr. Seuss!

Available on iTunes & Android.

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#9. Kids Learn to Read (Lite)

Kids Learn to Read Lite Android Apps on Google PlayFeatured at the Google I/O conference, Kids Learn to Read app is a delightful game that invites preschoolers to blend sounds into words, read and form simple words, identify spoken words and learn word families.

Available on Android in Lite & Full Version

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#10. A Story Before Bed

A_story_before_bedA Story Before Bed app is the first & only service that lets you record a children’s book online with audio and video. Kids can play back the recording as often as they like on iPad, iPhone, Mac, or PC. Comes with some free books and option to pay a monthly subscription to access their complete library of books.

Available on iTunes & Online.

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#11. Phonics Genius

Phonics Genius on the App Store on iTunesOne of the best ways to rapidly learn how to speak, read, and recognise words is through phonic awareness. The Phonics Genius app is specifically designed to help kids recognise and distinguish words by sounds, using fun interactive games. There are over 6000 unique words so kids should never tire of it!

Ideal for kids aged 1-6 yrs.

Available on iTunes.

#12. Monkey Word School Adventure

Jmonkey_word_school_adventureoin Monkey and his jungle friends as they explore a fun-filled world of letters, sight words, phonics and spelling. Seamless game flow allows your child to jump right in and begin playing and learning in a captivating way. Lessons range from letter recognition and writing, to spelling and phonics, introducing word components and much more!

Best for ages 3 to 7.

Available on iTunes & Android

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#13. iPlay&Sing

iPlay Sing on the App Store on iTunesiPlay&Sing is an interactive application aimed at preschoolers. It will help prepare your child for school and keep them entertained through the use of a bright, colourful, fun learning and activity zone.

The game concentrates on early learning development through the use of touch screen games and vocal guidance.

Available on iTunes.

#14. Elmo Loves ABCs

Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad on the App Store on iTunesThis is an app full of games, activities, and videos, which will help teach your child about letters, sounds, and words. It has songs and videos about letters. It has colouring pages and games about letters. It has all the letters from A to Z! Elmo even made a new alphabet song for it. All kids love Elmo so they’ll love learning with Elmo loves ABCs.

Available on iTunes.

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#15. Learn With Homer

Learn with Homer Reading Educational Games on the App Store on iTunesThe Learn with Homer app combines the best research on how children learn to read with innovative game design in an immersive learning experience. It develops confident readers by progressively building over 50+ skills, including phonics, blending, comprehension etc.

Best for 3-6 yrs.

Available on iTunes

Online Reading Resources

  • Reading Rockets help you find the very best educational apps that provide practice with essential literacy skills. Help kids build skills in print awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and writing.
  • Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.

Over to you! Have you any learning to read apps for kids that you can recommend?

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