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This list of reading apps will help your child practice essential literacy skills. Learning to read well is a vital skill for students to master. Learning to read well is a vital skill for students to master. Help them achieve that goal with the apps listed below to develop critical reading skills, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, story analysis and alphabetizing.

As children progresses, they will go from learning to read to reading to learn. That switch is a crucial component to your child's academic success, which is why educators focus so heavily on literacy in the curriculum. Literacy skills take lots of practice, but there are many enrichment activities that can help make learning to read enjoyable. Here are a few apps for squeezing in reading practice at home.

    The application ‘Lingokids - English for Kids’ is an application for learning English for children aged 2-8. The software has over 3,000 words to learn in a fun and exciting way. The app is free to download and uses a subscription based model. Users can choose from a Basic plan with a limited number of activities per day or an Unlimited plan which gives access to all contents, offline usage and additional materials. The application is free from in-app adverts and is available in a number of different languages. It is noted that the application is a mix of British and American English.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Help your child to consider their relationship to other people and how they feel about letting others use their things by following along with Aki the Monkey.  The reader's own decisions in this interactive story influence how Aki and the other characters respond in the story.

    Devices: iPad

    DoodleEnglish analyses and tracks your children's strengths and weaknesses to provide a learning experience tailored to them.  Within its easy to use and clear design it provides tuition and a means by which to practise and consolidate what has been learned.

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    This app links to the popular Reading Eggs website and programme. The programme aims to help young children learn how to read through the fun exploration of different games as they make their journeys through different settings and games. Children learn to read through phonics as they begin the process of learning this important life skill.

    Devices: iPad

    Work on key speech sounds with the Frog Game - School app and the smaller versions Frog game 1, 2 and 3.. Developed by an award winning, certified Speech Language Pathologist, Frog Game focuses on improving auditory processing through phonological awareness skills that are essential for the development of reading, comprehension and spelling; that is, it aims to help children with hearing and processing the sounds in speech which is important for later learning to read and spell.

    Devices: iPad

    The Teach your Monster to Read application is an award winning app that teaches children to read in a fun and simplistic manner. The app covers the first two years of reading, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying books. The app has been designed in collaboration with academics at Roehampton university and Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes. The app is free form in-app purchases and adverts.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    The Reading Comprehension app uses examples of text, listed by the year group they are most suited to and provides examples of fiction and non-fiction to develop comprehension skills. Although an American App we found the range of texts provided (even in the free version) to be of a high standard.   Often it is assumed that children understand what they have read. For many children it is a skill to learn and this is why it is included in the 11+.  Possibly the best way to use this app is to work through from the more basic texts (year3, 8 to 9 year olds) to the more advanced (year 5, 10 to 11 year olds) which, when completed will put the child in good stead for the entrance exams.

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    This app links to the popular e-learning resource and website for Reading Eggs. The program aims to help young children learn how to read through exploration of a variety of fun games and settings. Children learn to read through phonics as they begin the process of learning this hugely important life skill.

    Devices: iPad

    Time for Bed little Ted is an application suitable for children 5 and under. The app is a brightly coloured storybook that makes for a great bedtime read. The app tells the story of the bear Little Ted and includes interactive games, story narration, voice recording and colouring pages. The app provides calming music and beautiful graphics supporting in English and Spanish.

    Devices: iPad

    This is an app of two parts with the aim of encouraging children to develop literacy skills.   In the first, play and explore your environment as a baby animal.  In the second, your previous activities are turned into a written story that can be read by parent and child together.

    Devices: iPad

    A well-presented interactive story book that allows young children to have a story read to them, or to read themselves as the story progresses, depending on their age and reading ability level. 

    Devices: iPad

    A fully integrated app that helps young people with all the aspects in learning how to read.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    With fun activities and stories, this app is great for independent and adult supported learning.  Carefully designed to teach effectively, it uses a novel approach to introducing letters and words to young learners and constantly reinforces past learning.

    Devices: iPad

    An easy to use Shakespeare app that explains key content to all Shakespeare’s plays as well as further information to extend anyone’s knowledge of the Bard.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Prep was designed for the classroom, as well as the student and family looking for an advantage in solidifying their reading and understanding skills.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Pirate Phonics 1: Kids Learn to Read is one of the many educational tools developed by Unit11 and it is packed with 41 phonic sounds spread across five islands. Learners will have to explore the islands and find the clues that will help them to find their treasure. The app is educational and will help preschoolers learn and develop their phonic skills and reinforce their phonic blends and sounds in reading. Overall the app receives a 5 star rating and the EAS Recommended status.

    Devices: iPad

    What is my reading age app is a good way to get a feel for how well your child is reading and a fun way to test and improve their reading comprehension without feeling too much like a test.

    Devices: iPad

    Monkey Word School Adventure uses six different mini activities to help them with reading skills through phonics and word groups. Each activity adjusts to your child’s ability level. Many of the activities also allow kids to self-correct to solve the given problems. Each activity is short and moves automatically to the next challenge.   With Monkey Word School Adventure you are able to customize the play for up to three children based on reading group levels. You can also set the challenge level appropriately in settings as difficulty increases based on the performance.   The language learning ranges from letter recognition and writing to spelling and phonics introducing word components such as consonant blends, digraphs, and irregular vowels. This tool is great for kids who need assistance with their phonics skills.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Endless Reader introduces kids to sight words and phonics with interactive animations that demonstrate the meaning of the words as well as how to spell them. Each word is presented as a card inside a monster's mouth. Kids scroll through the cards to choose the word they want to explore. Read aloud to kids and let them fill in certain sight words (start with letting them read the word "the" in a short picture book. 

    Devices: iPad

    Phonics Genius is a customizable flashcard-style app designed to help kids identify letter sounds and their relationship to words and has just about every conceivable phonetic combination presented in a high quality and completely enjoyable way. Phonics Genius is a great resource for building phonemic awareness and is best for kids who are emergent readers with previous reading experience. 

    Devices: iPad

    Phonics Awareness is a great app for what could be called the middle of the process of building reading skills. Students already have a grasp of the basic sounds made by each letter and they will get lessons on blending and segmenting those sounds as they learn to decode words.

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    Cute character Tommy Turtle leads kids into blending letter sounds to form words. Kids Learn to Read is the third in a series of pre-reading and reading apps created by Intellijoy. Kids learn via three games: Learn to Blend, where kids tap letters to hear words sounded out letter by letter; Try Reading, in which kids match easy words (like "cow" and "pig") to pictures; and Make Words, where kids practice spelling by choosing the correct letter on a block to complete words made up of letter blocks. A woman's voice sounds out each letter as it appears on the screen to help kids learn the skill of sounding out letters and letter combinations that they are seeing visually.

    Devices: Android

    DR. SEUSS'S ABC is faithfully adapted in this ebook app, which is perfectly suited to preschoolers playing around with Mom or Dad's iphone. Kids can swipe and point with zero effort, enabling them to enjoy the app without any grown-up help. Each word is highlighted as it is read, making it easy to follow along. And the reading is performed by a great actress who gives her all to the nonsense syllables of Dr. Seuss.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    Read Me Stories Children's books is a collection of original digital storybooks. Books are categorized into various series such as Tales of Adventure, Animals, or an ongoing fantasy saga about a pony named Tuffy. Kids can read on their own or be read to, and some books have a few simple interactive features. Every day that kids open the app, a new book unlocks (though parents also can manually unlock books). Some series of books are free; others include one preview book with the rest available for purchase.

    Devices: iPad

    A high quality, value for money app. It will not disappoint and teaches kids all about how words affect sentence structure. We enjoyed playing with it and, most of all, our children enjoyed using it. We have awarded the app an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status. 

    Devices: iPad