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Best Reading Apps to Encourage Kids to Read

Learning to read is one of the most important things a child will do in his or her life. Reading books with children is a great way to spend family time. When reading ability doesn’t develop overnight, some parents and educators worry they are on the wrong path to instruction.

But choosing the right apps and the best way to teach reading depends on every child. 

One of the most common ways to teach reading is via the sounding out method in which kids are encouraged to read aloud, pronouncing each letter or group of letters until they recognize the word by sound. With these reading apps, you can use your kid's interests to foster a love of reading and build off of the activities in the apps to bridge learning and real life.

Here is the list for parents and teachers that will help you discover the best reading apps for kids that your little one will love.

Reading Eggs is the multi-award winning learning programme that helps children learn to read. They will learn how to read using interactive reading games, guided reading lessons, fun activities and over 2,000 digital story books.
Reading Eggs is a complete learn to read system for children aged 2-13 and covers the five essential components of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Parents can see instant results in their dashboard and receive detailed progress reports, which shows exactly where their child is improving and where extra attention is needed.

Epic is a great general reading app for kids that encourages to explore their interests and learn in a fun, safe, kid-friendly environment with unlimited access to 35000 high-quality books and videos.

The badges and rewards are fun, and it’s nice to be able to track books finished, hours spent reading, pages flipped, and videos watched. It’s a great value for the number of books you and your kid could read in a month. The Epic!’s library includes fiction and non-fiction books from leading publishers such as HarperCollins, Macmillan, National Geographic and many more. 

Teach Your Monster to Read

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

The Teach your Monster to Read is an award winning reading 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.

First Steps game is for children just starting to learn letters and sounds. Fun with Words game is for children who are confident with early letter-sound combinations and are starting to read sentences. Champion Reader game is for children who are confidently reading short sentences and know all of the basic letter-sound combinations.

Homer Reading is for younger readers and it encourages kids to actively engage with learning by tapping answers, recording their own voice, and choosing which activity or story they'd like to explore. 

Kids can learn foundational reading skills such as basic letter sounds, letter and word recognition, critical thinking, and reading comprehension. By reading or listening to the stories, kids can also learn about animals, world cultures, music, and more.

Reading Comprehension Prep

( iPhone, iPad )

The Reading Comprehension app is for older readers and it 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. This free reading app contains 12 original stories for grades 3, 4, and 5.

Reading Comprehension series was designed for the student and family looking for an advantage in solidifying their reading and understanding skills. The app is also aligned with CCSS - Common Core State Standards.

News-O-Matic EDU

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

News-O-Matic is a daily news app for elementary and middle school students that encourages nonfiction reading. Reading current events empowers children to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and global citizens.

News-O-Matic delivers 5 current events stories covering a variety of topics to students each day. Each story comes with Common Core-aligned questions for students to answer; teachers can track students’ progress on these quizzes. Students are also encouraged to rate articles, ask questions of the News-O-Matic team, and submit news-related drawings. News-O-Matic provides history timelines, games, interactive maps, and other features to enhance its news stories.

Endless Reader

( iPhone, iPad )

Early readers can learn to master sight words with this app. When the kids assemble interactive puzzles correctly, a picture of the object or concept appears. It also uses sentence puzzles to teach the context of the words. Users get access to only six sight words to start with – all, ball, cake, dog, eat, and funny. You’ll have to pay to unlock the other 20 words from the rest of the alphabet.

The words are cleverly animated to help the child remember and they help to keep that easily distracted child engaged. The cute singsong method of sounding out the word and drawing attention to each letter is memorable. Because of the activity of the words, parents with an ADHD child will find this app to be particularly engaging to their child.  

Starfall Learn to Read

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

This reading app uses phonics to build reading fluency and specializes in phonetic reading and spelling opportunities. The app is recommended for emerging readers and English language learners. Kids learn through activities, movies and songs. Zac the Rat helps the child to see the relationship between spoken and written language. The lessons are focused around the vowels and help those basic building blocks to be cemented in your child’s mind. 

The animations of the words are more stationary than those in Endless Reader, but it has the added benefit of working on sound groups one at a time. This allows a child to work on repeating sounds while still experimenting with what different letters do.

PocketPhonics Stories

( iPhone, iPad )

Pocket Phonics Stories app is a program to teach students to read using phonics. It is designed to be used with individual or multiple students and is great for classroom or group use. Students are asked to master and practice letter sounds, a mix of vowels and consonants, letter tracing and repetitive sounds. 

Pocket Phonics Stories is a complete program for teaching kids to read, starting with single-letter sounds and advancing to blends and long-vowel sounds. There is the option of a UK voice (a primary school teacher) so your child can learn the sounds as spoken in the UK, not in the US. There is also a hand-writing feature and a series of 43 books for various reading levels.

Impulse - Brain Training

( iPhone, iPad )

ReadingIQ is the comprehensive digital learning library app for kids ages 2 to 12, designed by national education experts to perfectly align with your child’s reading ability and grade level. ReadingIQ features over 7,000 award-winning books and childhood classics your kids won’t want to put down from popular publishers such as National Geographic, Whitman, Charlesbridge, and Highlights, and includes the entire ABCmouse library as well as exclusive titles that aren’t available anywhere else.
ReadingIQ’s unique features intelligently organize titles to make it easy for your child to find the perfect book to match his or her interests, and books are constantly added so there’s always something new to discover. From beautifully illustrated picture books, popular series, and comic books, to chapter books, graphic novels, and books on every academic subject, ReadingIQ is the anywhere, anytime personal learning library that helps your child grow as a reader.

If you are looking to help your child improve their reading skill, there are so many apps available to assist you in getting their attention and helping reinforce that reading can be fun as well as setting them up for a lifetime of learning and success.