Parents' Guide to

Reading Train Learn to Read Books, Songs & Games

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Gets kids reading with lots of features, fundamentals.

App iPad Paid Education
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Engaging app for emerging readers

My four year old LOVES this app. You have three choices: reads to you, read with help or read on your own. My daughter has picked up on how to use the app without any help and loves learning and browsing. She's not normally a train person but loves the app anyways. The stories engage her - they build on what they know, and as most of you know, kids love stories that build on a formula!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The large number of features aims to empower kids to read whole books, and it provides an ever-growing library of simple texts. With a great train theme and hundreds of short books and new vocabulary words -- complete with kid-friendly definitions -- kids have lots to explore. The books all follow a very minimalist formula based on simplicity and repetition, which is very accessible to new readers; kids with more reading experience will likely want more complex stories. Top marks here for sheer volume, just the right emphasis on in-app rewards that leaves room for the bigger reward of personal satisfaction, and flexibility in crafting a personalized path through the app. Some tweaks to overall organization and navigation paths would improve the user experience. Overall, parents who are looking for a straightforward way to get kids reading something will appreciate this app, and the various modes and levels let kids practice reading in a variety of ways.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Limited content available for free; the rest is available through subscription as an in-app purchase.)
  • Release date: May 28, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along , Trains
  • Publisher: The Learning Station
  • Version: 1.0.14
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 28, 2016

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