Reading Apps, Games, and Websites

Reading is one of the greatest activities that anyone can do -- it engages your imagination, it can help you learn, and it can help entertain you as well. 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. For even more tips to encourage a love of reading and get your kids hooked on books, be sure to check out our Essential Books Guide and Reading topic center.

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ReadAskChat for Children 0-4 App Poster Image
Simple stories, convo starters for parents to use with kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds App Poster Image
Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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AlphaTots App Poster Image
"E" is for an excellent educational app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2011)
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Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words App Poster Image
Learning letter sounds with Dora is fun and systematic.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(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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Reading Raven App Poster Image
Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Smart Kidz Club: eBooks & Math App Poster Image
Wide story selection and activities by reading level.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet App Poster Image
Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
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Starfall ABCs App Poster Image
Great, in-depth alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
(2016)
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Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic App Poster Image
Excellent interactive early phonics storybook.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2012)
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Bob Books #2 - Reading Magic HD App Poster Image
Spelling games offer fab way to learn to read.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2012)
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Duck's Alphabet Website Poster Image
Fun, simple phonics games hosted by Word World character.
URL: http://wordworld.com/ducksalphabet.php
(2010)
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Intro to Letters, by Montessorium App Poster Image
Digital sandpaper letters and sounds for preschool practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
(2013)
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ItzaZoo Game Poster Image
Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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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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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: LeapSchool Reading Game Poster Image
Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2011)
(2011)
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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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Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian App Poster Image
Self-directed, fun, simple lessons will engage prereaders.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2014)
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My WonderBooks App Poster Image
Multilingual library, lovely visuals for classic kids' lit.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen App Poster Image
Sweet word-building with TV friend; vowel toys optional.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Starfall.com Website Poster Image
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: http://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
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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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Teach Your Monster to Read App Poster Image
Fun, lengthy journey goes from basics to reading competency.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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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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My Reading Tutor Game Poster Image
Strong educational content; decent entertainment value.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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Read2Go App Poster Image
Accessible, customizable reading tool used with Bookshare.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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Read with Phonzy: Kids Reading Game App Poster Image
New readers practice fluency with simple exercises.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
(2017)
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Sight Words - An early reading & spelling adventure! App Poster Image
Quality, customizable content covers tricky words.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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uKloo App Poster Image
Scavenger hunt makes reading fun; user can customize levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2014)
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Phonics Genius App Poster Image
Phonics app is easy to use but not for beginners.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Ready to Learn Reading Website Poster Image
Free, fun games and activities help develop reading skills.
URL: http://pbskids.org/read/
(2008)
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Reading Racer App Poster Image
Cool tech supports independent readers, still has glitches.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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SwapTales: Leon! App Poster Image
Use the power of words to solve puzzles and change a story.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Crack the Books App Poster Image
Impressive interactive science resource, multilevel texts.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Bookout -- Reading made better App Poster Image
Track how much you're reading, save comments, view stats.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Cosmos Chaos Game Poster Image
Imaginative sci-fi RPG entertains as it builds vocabulary.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
(2010)
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Harry Potter Reading Club Website Poster Image
Fun, games, and guidance for kids' first book club.
URL: http://hpread.scholastic.com
(2012)
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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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Google TalkBack App Poster Image
Built-in assistive tool helps by reading on-screen text.
Devices: Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Reading Rewards App Poster Image
Rewards, social features encourage kids to read and connect.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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ClaroPDF PRO App Poster Image
Access lots of features to edit and listen to PDF files.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Teen & Adult Phonics Library App Poster Image
Easier-to-read fiction stories have some mature themes.
Devices: iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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