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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.

    KidloLand Kids Toddler Games

    ( Android , iPad )

    The application ‘KidloLand Kids Toddler Games’ is an award-winning learning programme for kids (1-7 yrs) and contains 2000+ educational songs, games, stories, nursery rhymes, and activities about Early Learning, Math, Reading, Writing, Coding and more! The application is a subscription-based app comprising of two options; a monthly subscription option or the option to pay for a single year. The application is free from adverts and is certified for children by the KidSAFE program.

    Kids Cast is like a one-stop shop for a mix of education and entertainment activities that are completely safe and appropriate for children.  Videos, games, books, songs and paper-based activities will give your child a great resource to learn from and use to avoid boredom.

    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.

    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.


    ( Android , 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.

    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.

    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.

    Teach Your Monster to Read

    ( Android , 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.

    Reading Comprehension Prep

    ( 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.

    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.

    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.

    Safari Tales

    ( 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.

    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. 

    The Joy of Reading

    ( Android , iPad )

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

    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.


    ( Android , 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.

    This is a highly comprehensive app and will last your kids for months as they work through it. It has got to be one of the most comprehensive workbook style apps for teaching kids how to read and write. We were very impressed. The app has received an EAS Certification of 5 Stars and EAS Recommended Status.       

    3rd Grade Reading

    ( 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.

    Parents can read bedtime stories to their children. Very colorful and active characters will keep the children engaging. It also gives universal lessons & moral truths without the religious dogma. Great way to encourage reading for beginners. 

    The Bible App for Kids is the newest member of the YouVersion family of apps.

    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.

    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.

    Monkey Word School Adventure

    ( Android , 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.

    Endless Reader

    ( 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. 

    Phonics Genius

    ( 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. 

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