24 Educational iPad Apps for Kids in Reading & Writing

As I started a go-to list of the best educational iPad apps for kids, the list got so long, I split up my posts into categories. So, today we’ll start with my favorite iPad apps for literacy — reading and writing for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age kids. Also, I’ve included special needs iPad app resources at the end of this post.

General Literacy and Learning iPad Apps


1. BrainPOP Featured Movie – BrainPOP®
I’m very impressed with the quality and learning videos – kids love these!


2. The Electric Company
Social-emotional games and content.

Pre-Reading, Reading and Writing Apps


3. Word Games for Kids – Futaba – INKids 


4. Word Wall HD 
A game that makes learning words fun.


5. FirstWords: Animals
Fun and playful.


6. Fingerprint Play Maker
Write your own play.


7. Big Kid Life FireFighter
Lots of fun — for free!


8. Big Kid Life Vet
Free!


9. Sight Word Bingo
Engaging fun for learning sight words.


10. Goofy Mad Libs
This app gives you word suggestions so you’re also building vocabulary while learning parts of speech and writing.


11. iF Poems
I LOVE this app! Especially the poems read by Helena Bonham Carter.


12. Toontastic
A big favorite of ours – a great way to write your own stories.


13. Scribblenauts Remix
Thinking, writing, spelling, problem solving . . .


14. Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!
Make your own story and learn how to draw pigeon.


15. iDiary for Kids
Write and draw in your journal.


16. abc Joined Up 
An engaging way to get kids to write!


17. Story Patch 
Tell your own story.                  


18. My Story – Book Maker for Kids


19. Sock Puppets                   


20. Comic Life


21. Kids Crosswords             


22. Spellosaur


23. Chickitionary                   

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24. Rory’s Story Cubes

If you’re reading textbooks on the iPad, taking notes, or sharing files, you’ll want to consider these apps –> Goodreader, Evernote, Audio Note, Dropbox, and Aurasma.

Special Needs iPad App Resources:

Apps for Autism by Lois Jean Brady, M.A., CCC-SLP
A Basket of Special Needs Apps on Help f0r Struggling Readers
Apps for Special Needs on Moms With Apps
Special Needs iPad App List on Support for Special Needs

What are your kids’ favorite reading and writing iPad apps?

literacy ipad apps for kids

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, but you pay the same amount as you would without the link.Regardless, I only recommend products or services I recommend personally and believe will add value to my readers. 

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