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.

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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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"E" is for an excellent educational app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
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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, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Amazing learning game lets kids feed answer to a monster.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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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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Very basic alphabet learning with cute interactive scenes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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Great, in-depth alphabet app with fun pictures and sounds.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(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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Birthday-themed literacy games good for emerging readers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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Fun, simple phonics games hosted by Word World character.
URL: http://wordworld.com/ducksalphabet.php
(2010)
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Digital sandpaper letters and sounds for preschool practice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
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Beautiful app promotes skills and a love of reading.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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Great early-reading mini-games with fun characters.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(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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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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Quality, customizable content covers tricky words.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Scavenger hunt makes reading fun; user can customize levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Phonics app is easy to use but not for beginners.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
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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)
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