Reading Apps, Games, and Websites

Reading is one of the greatest activities that anyone can do -- it engages your imagination, it can help you learn, and it can help entertain you as well. We've gathered some of the best apps, games, and websites for building your kids' reading skills. Together, these resources cover reading skills from letter recognition, phonics, and sight words to vocabulary building and comprehension. So whether you're on the go or on the couch, start here and make learning to read fun and engaging. For even more tips to encourage a love of reading and get your kids hooked on books, be sure to check out our Apps for Kids Who Think Reading Is Boring.

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Make Way for Books

age 2+

Resource library empowers parents to support early literacy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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ReadAskChat for Children 0-6

age 2+

Simple stories, convo starters for parents to use with kids.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Abound Parenting

age 3+

Discussion starters for parents to cultivate kids' literacy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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AlphaTots

age 3+

"E" is for an excellent educational app.

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Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds

age 3+

Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words

age 3+

Learning letter sounds with Dora is fun and systematic.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Duolingo ABC - Learn to Read

age 3+

Enjoyable drills thoroughly cover ABC basics, step by step.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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Elmo Loves ABCs

age 3+

Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.

Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Hooked on Phonics Learn & Read

age 3+

Super, step-by-step reading journey starts with the basics.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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Reading Eggs - Learn to Read

age 3+

Comprehensive program covers fundamentals and much more.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2018)
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Smart Kidz Club: eBooks & Math

age 3+

Wide story selection and activities by reading level.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2017)
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Reading Raven

age 3+

Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Super Why! ABC Adventures

age 3+

Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Starfall ABCs

age 3+

Animated alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2021)
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Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic

age 4+

Excellent interactive early phonics storybook.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Bob Books #2 - Reading Magic HD

age 4+

Spelling games offer fab way to learn to read.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Intro to Letters, by Montessorium

age 4+

Digital sandpaper letters and sounds for preschool practice.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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HOMER Learn & Grow

age 3+

Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian

age 4+

Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Skybrary – Kids Books & Videos

age 4+

Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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