Parents' Guide to

Teen & Adult Phonics Library

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Easier-to-read fiction stories have some mature themes.

App iPad Free to try Education
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Brilliant resource!

Great resource for teens and adults who struggle with reading to practise their reading skills with material aimed at an older audience!
age 12+

An excellent resource

As admin of Dyslexia Support Australia these apps fill a great gap for older struggling readers. Decodable books are essential for children to gain confidence in reading Lang patterns they have learnt. Older readers are usually stuck with books written for 5 year olds. An ebook format is also a wonderful way to engage teens, especially those who have probably formed a negative association with books due to their struggles.

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Teens who struggle with reading may enjoy practicing literacy skills with this app since it's designed to be both accessible and appropriate for teens. The special teacher/tutor features on Teen & Adult Phonics Library can help prep students for what skills and "weird words" will be required to read the story. Though the language is very simple and repetitive by design, the plots often feel choppy and lacking in depth. It's a tough balance to be sure, since the stories aren't meant to be too long and the word choices need to be deliberate; however, a bit more development and range in topics would help. There's a generally sad or angry vibe to most of the story choices, which makes Teen & Adult Phonics Library not suitable for younger teens. As new stories are added, maybe they'll balance out the current selection's overall dark mood.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, phonics, reading
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (optional in-app purchases for more content $2.99)
  • Release date: March 11, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Gregory McDonald
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 29, 2021

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