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10 awesome apps that help kids learn to read

There are plenty of apps to entertain your child, but why not educate at the same time?
There are plenty of apps to entertain your child, but why not educate at the same time? MCT

Looking for tools to help your tot learn to read? These are some of the best apps out there for building kids' 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, these awesome apps will make learning to read fun and engaging.

-Storybook Reading

Unique tool for shared reading; easy to use but takes time.

Recommended for ages 2 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

-Elmo Loves ABC

Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Available on iPad, Kindle Fire

-Reading Raven

Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPod, iPad

-SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet

Nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

-Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic

Excellent interactive early phonics storybook.

Available for ages 4 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

-Learn With Homer

Beautiful app promotes skills and a love of reading.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Available on iPad

-Starfall Learn to Read

Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

-uKloo

Scavenger hunt makes reading fun; user can customize levels.

Recommended for ages 5 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone

-Monkey Word School Adventure

Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games.

Recommended for ages 5 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

-Read2Go

Accessible, customizable reading tool used with Bookshare.

Recommended for ages 5 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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