24 Literacy Learning Apps for Kids

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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.

Learning Apps

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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

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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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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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66 Responses

  1. All these apps are very useful and I hope that it will really help my children to learn more about the literacy.
    Actually this kind of apps are rarely used by kids and now on wards this will use most people.

  2. I am using Goofy Mad Libs Chickitionary. In my opinion that apps are the most usefull for me 🙂

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  7. Thank you for posting this informative post. Hopefully I can found one of these apps for my kid.

  8. It is VERY important that children learn to read and write as soon as possible and they through interactivity from these apps.

  9. I’ve tried some of these with my daughter. They are a great way of practicing and she really enjoys them.

  10. I’ve tried some of these with my daughter. They are a great way of practicing and she really enjoys them.

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  13. Kayle Ford says:

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  14. katherine Szalay says:

    This is worth the free trial though as kids learn a fun way to spell and
    hear the sounds that each letter makes! This is one of the few apps
    that I would actually purchase after previewing.

  15. Martha Smith says:

    Wonderful sharing very colorful and useful apps for kids i just installed #12 and its really amazing

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  18. Sarah Brown says:

    Thanks for sharing the entire list of 24 educational iPad Apps for kids reading writing for all. It will provide kids more interest and aptitude in learning.

  19. The above 24 educational iPad apps are very famous and really helps kids to understand regarding reading and knowledge.

  20. Thank you for putting this list together! I just pinned it. 🙂

  21. This is very natural if technology grows learning methods are also changed and teaching on an i-pad is the best way of learning with fun.Thanks

  22. Kristina Speakes says:

    No screen time before 2 is very important for developing depth perception. Studies are now showing that all of this screen time before 2 is actually impairing kids ability to develop depth perception and that the effects are long-lasting. Regardless of what you may or may not think about interaction, screen time (of any kind) for under 2s is not a healthy idea.

  23. Little Bird Tales recently released an app, too! Digital storytelling for kids that includes their voice, photos and/or artwork! Super easy and fast to use! It’s hugely popular with the kids I know who already have it! Parents and teachers love how flexible and creative it is. Could be used for reports, lessons, collaborative works, sequencing, kid podcasts, fundraising commercials, special demonstrations… endless possibilities!

  24. I know I’ll be seen as a hater when I ask this but do you think it gets kids addicted to electronics too early by allowing them to play on iPads and iPhones? I struggle with this and realize that eventually they will interact with them but when is the right time?

    1. Autumn, I think you ask an important question and agree that that it’s concerning. As far as for playing with iPads/iPhones, I recommend parents limit screen time on these, TV, and gaming devices. Ages needs to be a decision that each parent makes depending on your values. I can only say that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV under age 2 so one could probably generalize that to iPads as well. That being said, I do think that iPad apps that are educationally oriented are much more interactive than the passiveness of television.

      What do you think?

  25. Haha!! Just saw it is your #17!! We love it as well

  26. My kindergarten daughter loves Story Patch! A must see! Kids can use family photos from your iPad album to create a story as well as the images provided by Story Patch. We have lots of fun with this app 🙂

    1. It’s really nice to see those choices that could help a child’s learning and development. I love it!

  27. Hi
    Recently got the new app, School Writing, and I am very impressed that I was able to create my own word lists as well as fully customise the sounds and images. I also like that my girls can give an audio response if that is how I create the exercises for them. Has been great for the spelling lists and really nice to see the app email me the completed exercises with images and recorded sounds.

    Well worth a look.

  28. I love the Kids Crosswords. There are some excellent Montessori based apps. One of our favorites along the same topic is Montessorium’s Intro to Letters. We also love Duck Duck Moose Fish School and Word Wagon, Learning Touch First Words and Night and Day’s Eric Carle My Very First App. You may already know these apps but I thought I’d throw them into the mix.

    Thanks for the great list!


  29. (Apps or Children with Special Needs) A4CWSN.com & also A4CWSN on facebook excellent resources! says:

    Please share the A4CWSN site as a resource 😀

  30. It’s nice to get a vetted list. I will ask my kids to pick a few for this summer. Thanks!

  31. kara campbell says:

    Letter School and Dexteria are great!

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