24 Literacy Learning Apps for Kids

As I started a go-to list of the best learning apps for kids, the list got so long, I split up my posts into categories. So, today we’ll start with my favorite 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.

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

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

Pre-Reading, Reading and Writing Apps

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3. Word Games for Kids – Futaba – INKids 

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4. Word Wall HD 
An app that makes learning words fun.

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5. FirstWords: Animals
Fun and playful app for learning words.

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6. Fingerprint Play Maker
Write your own play.

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

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8. Big Kid Life Vet
Free!

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

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

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

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

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13. Scribblenauts Remix
Thinking, writing, spelling, problem solving . . .LOVE this learning app!


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

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

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

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17. Story Patch 
Tell your own story.                  

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18. My Story – Book Maker for Kids

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19. Sock Puppets                   

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20. Comic Life

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21. Kids Crosswords             

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22. Spellosaur
A spelling app that lets you enter in your own words.

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23. Chickitionary
Another spelling app.           

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24. Rory’s Story Cubes
A storytelling app.

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?

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