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Learn-to-Read Apps, Games, and Websites

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.

 

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AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learning letter sounds with Dora is fun and systematic.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
csm_app
Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Ad-free pay site helps little ones get ready for school.
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URL: http://abcmouse.com
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Excellent interactive early phonics storybook.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Spelling games offer fab way to learn to read.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Fun, simple phonics games hosted by Word World character.
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URL: http://wordworld.com/ducksalphabet.php
(2010)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Beautiful app promotes skills and a love of reading.
csm_app
Devices: iPad
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
csm_game
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
csm_game
Platforms: LeapPad Explorer, Leapster Explorer
(2011)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
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URL: http://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.
csm_app
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Strong educational content; decent entertainment value.
csm_game
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Free, fun games and activities help develop reading skills.
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URL: http://pbskids.org/read/
(2008)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Imaginative sci-fi RPG entertains as it builds vocabulary.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)

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