11 Apps to Teach Reading to Kids

One of the most important life skills a child should learn is reading. I can’t stress enough how important it is. It affects everything your kid will do in the future – in school, at work, in his daily life. From reading story books to newspapers, from reading toy instructions to food labels, from reading text and email messages to reports, and the list goes on.

As Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” And really, who could argue with that? 🙂

In this article, we’ll provide you a list of some of the best apps to teach your kids how to read, a worthy trade for a little screen time!.

Sight Words Learning Game & Flash Cards

Suitable Age: 2 – 7 years old
Rating: 3.6 on Apple App Store / 4.0 on Google Play
Best Feature: Easy to use interface with 6 fun and educational games
Cost: Free

Developed by 22Learn, Sight Words Learning Game & Flash Cards aims to teach young kids how to read the most common sight words. Sight words mastery is a necessary step in learning how to read. This app has 6 fun and educational games to entice young kids to try this app. The games include word machine, spelling, memory game and flash cards among others.

Homer

Suitable Age: 2 – 8 years old
Rating: 4.5 on Apple App Store / 2.5 on Google Play
Best Feature: Personalized learn-to-read program
Cost: Free trial for 30 days; Subscription cost of $7.99/month

Homer is one of the most popular reading apps there is as it has been featured in numerous US shows, magazines and has even won Teacher’s Choice and Mom’s Choice awards. It boasts of a fun, interactive way to have your kids fall in love with reading. It combines your child’s interests and reading level to create a personalized learn-to-read program. It also has lessons and games on alphabets, phonics, sight words and stories and also has a Parent Dashboard so you can track your child’s progress. It may be a little pricey though so make sure to make the most out of the free trial and see if it’s something your kid will enjoy and learn from.

ABCmouse.com

Suitable Age: 2 – 8 years old
Rating: 4.5 on Apple App Store / 4.0 on Google Play
Best Feature: One-stop as it covers Reading, Math, Art, Music and more
Cost: Free trial for 30 days; Subscription cost of $9.99/month or $79.99/year

A one-stop shop, ABCmouse.com boasts that it has significantly increase reading skills of kids with at least 45 minutes a week of reading. It has a lot of books, puzzles, games, songs and animation for every reading level. The step-by-step learning path let both kids and parents track their progress and earn rewards and bonus points.

Teach Your Monster to Read

Suitable Age: 3 – 6 years old
Rating: 4.6 on Apple App Store / 4.1 on Google Play
Best Feature: Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programs
Cost: $4.99

Combining monsters, magical journeys, games can be a sure way to entice and teach your kids to develop their love for reading.  Teach Your Monster to Read is an award winning phonics and reading app that aims to teach reading through play.  It is designed in collaboration with reading experts from Roehampton University in the UK and is usually used in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade as a teaching resource.

Reading Raven

Suitable Age: 3 – 7 years old
Rating: 4.5 on Apple App Store / 4.8 on Google Play
Best Feature: Self paced educational activities
Cost: $5.49

Reading Raven is another well-awarded reading app having won Most Awesome Kids App in 2012, Parent’s Choice, Apple Staff Favorite and more. It offers step-by-step reading lessons designed to equip kids with a solid reading foundation. It aims to teach kids to learn the basics of reading, from the pre-reading stage to reading sentences. The Reading Raven companion makes it more enjoyable for kids too as it accompanies them to fun-filled adventures and more. Aside from Reading, kids can also learn letter and word writing.

Endless Reader

Suitable Age: 4 years old and up
Rating: 4.4 on Apple App Store / 4.4 on Google Play
Best Feature: Introduces sight words
Cost: Free to access the app and the first 6 words; $5.99 to unlock the next set of words

Endless Reader is a sequel to the Endless Alphabet app. This app introduces the concept of “sight words”, usage and context to start off the reading process. Kids will enjoy learning together with cute Endless Monsters, letters that come alive and words that become the image of what they are. Read “dog” and it will show you an image of a barking dog. Animations and music truly adds to the appeal of this app to young readers.

Monkey Junior

Suitable Age: 4 years old and up
Rating: 4.5 on Apple App Store / 4.5 on Google Play
Best Feature: Kids can learn to read up to 6 languages
Cost: Free with In-App purchases

Monkey Junior has comprehensive 10-minute lesson plans that help kids improve their vocabulary, pronunciation, letter and word recognition and word application. Their curriculum involves more than 30,000 topics to cater to your kids wide ranging interests. From animals, to body part to science and more, Monkey Junior has got you covered.

If you want to raise a multilingual child, this app is definitely for you as it offers lessons in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Russian and Vietnamese.

Starfall I’m Reading

Suitable Age: 4 years old and up
Rating: 3.9 on Apple App Store / 4.2 on Google Play
Best Feature: Autoread feature to model fluent reading
Cost: Free

The Starfall I’m Reading app aims to develop and improve reading comprehension and fluency in early readers. The stories has a controlled vocabulary set and reinforces the most common sight words. With these, the app ensures that the kids make a more meaningful connection with each word and can commit it to memory. Reading materials include fiction, non fiction, folk tales, myths and more.

Bob Books Reading Magic

Suitable Age: 4 years old and up
Rating: 4.5 on Apple App Store / 3.9 on Google Play
Best Feature: Phonics-based Interactive Game
Cost: $2.99

With a phonics-based interactive game and drag-and-drop interface, this app can easily capture the attention of young kids. Coupled with the presence of Bob Book characters, learning to read using this app makes it more enjoyable. Bob Book Reading Magic will teach your kid to connect letters and sounds, sound out simple words at the same time, spelling the words that they have read. This has 4 game levels that progresses with your kid’s ability to read.

Rivet: Better Reading Practice for Kids

 

Suitable Age: 6 – 12 years old
Rating: 4.7 on Apple App Store / 4.4 on Google Play
Best Feature: Reading support on every page
Cost: Free

Developed in 2017, this app aims to solve some of the most common reading obstacles to reading, no. 1 of which is access to books. This app offers 3,500+ free and leveled children’s books, with 8 reading levels. Your kid can tap on tricky words for help, save a book for later, track reading practice and earn rewards by achieving milestones. It even has a customized book recommendation to make the experience more personal.

Epic

Suitable Age: 6 – 12 years old
Rating: 4.7 on Apple App Store / 4.0 on Google Play
Best Feature: Access to 35,000+ books for kids
Cost: Free trial for 30 days; Subscription fee of $7.99/month

Epic is like your digital library with over 35,000 audio books, picture books, ebooks, read-along books, children’s books, novels and more. There is a reading log to track your kid’s progress and the report is even emailed weekly to parents. If you have multiple kids, subscription to this already allows you to create and customize reading profiles for 4 of your kids. Further, it allows for both online and offline reading.

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