English and Language Arts Apps, Games, and Websites

With these fun apps, games, and websites, kids of all ages can practice literacy. Preschoolers new to reading can trace letters on the tablet screen, identify letter names and sounds, and match words to their images. Middle schoolers can focus on expanding their vocabulary, composing original stories, and building basic online-researching skills. Teens can engage with classic literature in interesting new ways, learn to identify credible sources for research, and brush up on some of the more challenging aspects of grammar. And for more language arts tools, check out our list of 

Common Core-Friendly English and Language Arts Apps, Games, and Websites.

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Curiosityville Website Poster Image
Charming site tracks kids' progress in learning games.
URL: http://www.curiosityville.com
(2012)
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Elmo Loves ABCs App Poster Image
Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
(2011)
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Kinect Sesame Street TV Game Poster Image
Excellent example of educational interactive television.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
(2012)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Letter Factory Game Poster Image
Froggy friends help preschoolers learn the alphabet.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2012)
(2012)
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Homer: Kids Learn to Read App App Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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LetterSchool App Poster Image
Step-by-step method, animations make writing letters fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary App Poster Image
Classic reborn as fee-based e-library with great selection.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
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Starfall Learn to Read App Poster Image
Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Writing Wizard for Kids App Poster Image
Fantastic, customizable tracing practice with fun rewards.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Big Bird's Words...A Sesame Street App App Poster Image
Impressive use of technology great for young readers.
Devices: Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase App Poster Image
Time-tested system transfers well to app, "sponge" included.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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Monkey Word School Adventure App Poster Image
Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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VocabularySpellingCity Website Poster Image
City of fun, clever language games is worth visiting.
URL: https://www.spellingcity.com/
(2013)
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HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories App Poster Image
New twist on old game makes learning fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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LanguageBuilderDeluxe App Poster Image
Audio, visual prompts help boost kids' communication skills.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Smashing Grammar App Poster Image
Arcade-style games test reflexes as much as grammar skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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VocabularySpellingCity App Poster Image
Engaging spelling app is a teacher's dream.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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Write About This App Poster Image
Fun images and prompts spark creativity, get kids writing.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2013)
(2015)
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Dictionary. App Poster Image
Comprehensive reference tool with games and customization.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Ink Blott Underground App Poster Image
Language puzzler is fun and unique but progresses slowly.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Word Runners - Touch Press Games App Poster Image
Words come alive, kids foil obstacles in fun story puzzles.
Devices: iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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CAST UDL Book Builder Website Poster Image
Read, write, share -- there's no wrong way to enjoy a book.
URL: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
(2012)
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findingDulcinea Website Poster Image
Collection of credible info is a great research tool.
URL: http://www.findingdulcinea.com
(2013)
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Scribblenauts Unlimited Game Poster Image
Vocabulary-exercise puzzler is an imaginative treat.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
(2012)
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Scribblenauts Unmasked - A DC Comics Adventure Game Poster Image
Imaginative puzzling fuses with comic book characters.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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LikeSo App Poster Image
Speech tool tracks likes, totallys, and whatevers, ya know?
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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Grade 7 Vocab Audios and Pics App Poster Image
Fun cartoons and audio engage tweens studying new words.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2013)
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Inspiration Maps VPP App Poster Image
Mind-mapping tool lets kids easily create visual organizers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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SAT Vocab by MindSnacks App Poster Image
9 fun ways to practice; purchase needed to unlock full app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2015)
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Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips Website Poster Image
Witty podcasts and posts offer language tips and tricks.
URL: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/
(2013)
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Purdue Online Writing Lab Website Poster Image
One-stop site for writing help is a good resource for teens.
URL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
(2013)
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The Sports Network 2 Game Poster Image
Play the role of a news producer in ESPN-like broadcast sim.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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SweetSearch Website Poster Image
Student search engine gives kids credible, relevant results.
URL: http://www.sweetsearch.com
(2013)
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Vocabulary.com App Poster Image
Intense, game-style vocab practice challenges teens.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
(2014)
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Poets.org Website Poster Image
Learn all about American poets and poetry.
URL: http://www.poets.org/
(2005)
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SAT Word Slam App Poster Image
A slam dunk for helping teens' vocabulary to ... burgeon.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2013)
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Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition App Poster Image
An extraordinary study aid for mature-themed play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad App Poster Image
Social reading app for mature-themed play.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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