Reading 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.

 

Browse Reading Apps, Games, and Websites

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Stellar reading site from Reading Rainbow.
URL: https://www.readingrainbow.com/user/sign-in
(2015)
 
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Unique tool for shared reading; easy to use but takes time.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
 
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Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
 
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Learning letter sounds with Dora is fun and systematic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.
Devices: iPad, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
 
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Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Ad-free pay site helps little ones get ready for school.
URL: http://abcmouse.com
(2012)
 
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Excellent interactive early phonics storybook.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
 
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Spelling games offer fab way to learn to read.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Fun, simple phonics games hosted by Word World character.
URL: http://wordworld.com/ducksalphabet.php
(2010)
 
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Beautiful app promotes skills and a love of reading.
Devices: iPad
(2013)
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Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
 
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Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
Platforms: LeapPad Explorer, Leapster Explorer
(2011)
 
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Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: http://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
 
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Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Scavenger hunt makes reading fun; user can customize levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
 
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Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
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Strong educational content; decent entertainment value.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Accessible, customizable reading tool used with Bookshare.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
 
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Free, fun games and activities help develop reading skills.
URL: http://pbskids.org/read/
(2008)
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Imaginative sci-fi RPG entertains as it builds vocabulary.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
 
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Fun, games, and guidance for kids' first book club.
URL: http://hpread.scholastic.com
(2012)