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Best Reading Apps for 2nd Graders

Second grade is a magical reading time for many kids. They’re just starting to develop reading fluency and students are provided with more opportunities to engage in individual reading.

Reading apps are designed for children who are ready for more advanced reading challenge. Children progresses to more advanced letter combinations that includes complex consonant blends and silent letters. The below apps also prepares your young readers for chapter books.

Help your second graders understand the 5 W's as they learn the basics of story telling and gain the skills needed to recall key details of familiar stories. There are apps that are great for practicing reading comprehension. 

Below are five reading apps for second graders to use that are all designed to work on phonics, sight word recognition and reading comprehension.

Teach Your Monster to Read

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Teach Your Monster to Read is the absolute favorite app in our house at the moment. Your child teaches their own friendly monster to read through a blend of phonics and sight word games. The app is well-balanced between practice and engaging play. It is one of the recommended reading apps for 2nd graders.


Reading Comprehension Prep

( iPhone, iPad )

The app is designed for classroom use as well as the student and family looking for an advantage in solidifying their reading and understanding skills. Children can read and test their comprehension with a variety of questions about the selected passages.

The content is aligned with CCSS - Common Core State Standards for 2nd Grade. 



Sight Word Superhero

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Help second graders master the most common words taught in reading programs around the country – the Dolch words. This app uses games and fun activities to help students master these all-important steps to fluent reading.

Second graders will also love the recording capability, and it helps some students master the words more quickly when they can hear them in their own voice.



Starfall Learn to Read

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Starfall provides an abundance of leveled practice for beginning readers through independent readers. Your child will enjoy playing word games and reading leveled stories. The app is well organized allowing your child to choose areas to visit each session.


Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read provides your young reader practice with making words, building words, reading words, and reading stories. Another feature of this app is that each letter sound is presented as a short musical clip. You will find excellent systematic phonics support for your beginning readers.

The next time your kids ask for tablet time, you can feel good knowing they are interacting with one of these enjoyable and educational apps developed to build their reading skills.