Reading Comprehension Apps, Games, and Websites

If your kid is a reluctant reader or needs to build a few skills in the language arts subjects, then check out these reading apps, games, and websites. All of the great digital products on this list can help kids better learn to read, understand, and apply information. With fun skill-building games and interactive features, these tools can give kids reading comprehension support and guidance that a book alone can't provide. For more excellent digital resources, try our list of Common Core-Friendly English and Language Arts Apps, Games, and Websites. Or dive right into these 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12

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Daniel Tiger's Storybooks App Poster Image
Learn little life lessons with beloved friends.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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HOMER Reading: Learn to Read App Poster Image
Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2019)
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Reading Eggs - Learn to Read App Poster Image
Comprehensive program covers fundamentals and much more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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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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Tales2Go App Poster Image
Great audiobook service offers a ton of content, for a fee.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2011)
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ItzaZoo Game Poster Image
Exciting learn-to-read game incorporates your drawings.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival App Poster Image
Kids steer the plot in whimsical adventure story.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2017)
(2017)
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Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1 App Poster Image
Kids play with words that morph into their own meanings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2012)
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Speakaboos Website Poster Image
Large digital library with reading supports -- for a fee.
URL: http://www.speakaboos.com/
(2015)
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Starfall Website Poster Image
Outstanding learn-to-read site sure to engage little ones.
URL: https://www.starfall.com/
(2011)
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Bookshare Website Poster Image
Welcome kids with print disabilities to the world of books.
URL: https://www.bookshare.org/
(2014)
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Fun With Directions HD App Poster Image
Great way to practice listening, following directions, more.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2013)
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Learning Ally Audio App Poster Image
Superior subscription-audio-book service paired with app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2014)
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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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Reading Train Learn to Read Books, Songs & Games App Poster Image
Gets kids reading with lots of features, fundamentals.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Read & Write Gold 11 Website Poster Image
A Swiss Army knife's worth of tools for reading support.
URL: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/
(2014)
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Crack the Books App Poster Image
Impressive interactive science resource, multilevel texts.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2016)
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Mr. Nussbaum! Learning + Fun Website Poster Image
Engaging teacher-created edu site helps kids learn.
URL: http://www.mrnussbaum.com/
(2012)
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News-O-Matic App Poster Image
Fun, interactive way for kids to learn about the world.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2013)
(2014)
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TVO Kids Website Poster Image
Games and activities with a strong educational focus.
URL: http://www.tvokids.com
(2013)
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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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Cyberchase Website Poster Image
Site based on PBS show is online learning at its best.
URL: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase
(2011)
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Lifeboat to Mars Game Poster Image
Free online ecosystem game makes learning biology fun.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
(2010)
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News-2-You App Poster Image
One-of-a-kind tool uses symbols to make news accessible.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2015)
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NaturalReader Website Poster Image
Add features or keep it simple with fab text-to-speech tool.
URL: http://www.naturalreaders.com/
(2014)
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Newsela Website Poster Image
Stellar news tool connects kids to absorbing leveled reads
URL: https://newsela.com/
(2014)
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Newsela: News and nonfiction at your reading level App Poster Image
Extra! Extra! Great leveled texts and assessments.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2016)
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Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Pokemon Omega Ruby Game Poster Image
Remake of fun all-ages RPG has some online safety concerns.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
(2014)
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DOGO News Website Poster Image
Interactive, kid-friendly news source gives kids the scoop.
URL: https://www.dogonews.com/
(2014)
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Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning Game Poster Image
Cute, open-ended farming series adds more customization.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(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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The Carnegie Cyber Academy Website Poster Image
Complete fun challenges, learn how to be safe online.
URL: http://www.carnegiecyberacademy.com/
(2012)
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GCFLearnFree.org Website Poster Image
Educational site is packed with practical lessons and info.
URL: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/
(2013)
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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Game Poster Image
Excellent VR puzzler teaches kids to cooperate, communicate.
Platforms: Mac, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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LBX: Little Battlers eXperience Game Poster Image
Pocket-size bots pack a powerful, and personal, punch.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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Wizarding World Website Poster Image
Redesigned Harry Potter site has lush images, interactivity.
URL: https://www.wizardingworld.com
(2012)
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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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My Pop Studio Website Poster Image
Great way for kids to learn critical thinking.
URL: http://www.mypopstudio.com
(2012)
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The Learning Network Website Poster Image
NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.
URL: https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning
(2011)
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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Game Poster Image
Superb puzzler is a smart treat for kids and their parents.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
(2012)
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YourCommonwealth Website Poster Image
A global community of civic-minded young people.
URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
(2012)
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LitCharts App Poster Image
Comprehensive, free literary resource; watch for cheating.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
(2016)
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Game Poster Image
Role-play with some fantasy violence demands much time.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
(2015)
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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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Reading Trainer App Poster Image
Impressive brain-training app focuses on speed.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2013)
(2014)
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Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar App Poster Image
Accessible app brings the Bard to life with animation, text.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
(2012)
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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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Mashable Website Poster Image
Slightly sensationalistic news, social networking.
URL: http://mashable.com/
(2012)
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