Beginning readers need practice with strategies, phonics, and books at a just-right reading level. While I wouldn’t say all these reading apps for kids will actually teach your child to read, they will provide reading materials and practice. However, some apps include active teaching. So, here are a variety of apps for your beginning reader with an explanation and reviews.
Reading Apps for Kids
Words That Go with Richard Scarry’s Busytown Cars $1.99
From letter matching and early phonics to big words and sight words.
Bizzy Bear Builds a House $3.99
Each page is perfect because the text is simple and readable, the corresponding activity is fun and relates to the story, and the sound effects (purr of the engine, creak of the crane) are fantastic.
Starfall I’m Reading $1.99 (Android)
The stories in this app contain a controlled vocabulary set, using the words most frequently encountered in print. The stories and activities reinforce high-frequency words, also called “sight words,” in sentences rather than in isolation.
Starfall Learn to Read $2.99 (Android)
Each numbered section features a vowel sound and its related spelling. Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs.
Vowel Stories for Beginning Readers: Short Vowel Sounds $1.99
Vowel Stories for Beginning Readers: Short Sounds teaches short vowel sounds a, e, i, o, u. It improves reading skills and builds confidence. The app contains simple stories based on the short vowel sound as well as common sight words that help build vocabulary.
Kids A – Z FREE (subscription) (Android)
Raz-Kids gives you hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects. In addition to engaging kids at their reading level and in their area of interest, this award-winning website gives kids 24/7 Web access to the practice they need to become better, more confident readers.
ABCMouse FREE (subscription) (Android)
ABCmouse’s app teaches reading through a variety of interactive learning activities including games, books, songs, art activities, puzzles and offline printables.
iStoryBooks FREE (Android) (subscription)
iStoryBooks brings to life your child’s favorite fairy tales, folk stories and timeless classics with brilliant illustrations, read along text and voice narration that’s perfect for kids of all ages.
uKloo Early Reader App is a fun seek-and-find reading game for ages four and up. It encourages kids to look up word clues, search the play screen and discover surprises along the way!
Word Wagon HD $1.99
Word Wagon is a fun, award-winning app teaching letters, phonics and spelling. Based on Common Core State Standards kids will learn letter names, sounds and spelling of 4 and 6 letter words.
Tiggly Words (Android) FREE
Physical letters (vowels) to use with apps: Tiggly Tales, Tiggly Doctor, or Tiggly Submarine and children ages 4 – 8 can construct words and solve problems. Great interactivity with the hands-on letters.
I like that in all these fun games, kids can choose upper case or lower case letters! Then, watch classic Super Why videos and decorate a place in the Phonics Fair. Great quality reading app for kids.
Learn to Read with Dragon Drop FREE
Interactive books on phonetics, sight words, animals, pop culture, and categorized in levels.
Speakaboos FREE (Android) (Subscription)
Go beyond ebooks to engage children ages 2-7 with reading. Each new kids story uses touch screen interactions, animation, and read-along text to improve comprehension; while the wide variety of of high-interest topics guarantees children will discover stories that match their personal interests and keep them engaged with reading.
Learn with Homer FREE
Covers 50+ reading skills with an easy-to-use program gets children READY for pre-K, Kindergarten + 1st grade.
Montessori Reading FREE
Lessons and games that teach children how to decode new words and read sentences.
Fitzroy Readers Books 1 to 10 $12.99
The Fitzroy Readers is a set of graded books which employ the Fitzroy Method – a phonic approach to reading developed over the last 3 decades. The first Reader, A Fat Cat, uses only 13 letters. This makes it easy for small children to start reading without delay.
Penguin Leveled Readers $3.99
The Penguin Leveled Readers program unites the best authors, illustrators, and brands from the Penguin Young Readers Group under one umbrella. Poorly rated.
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