We’ve included some for little ones that can already read, to some that help your little one start from scratch, so hopefully there’s something for all abilities!
By setting up these apps on your phone or tablet, you’re giving your little one a head start in starting to learn to read, or a fun way to develop their basic reading skills. The reading apps for children in this list are easily accessible, all being available on both iOS and Android phones, ranging from free to £7 a month.
The benefits of reading to children are huge, so take a small step in the process of making your children realise their love of reading, and open worlds to explore!
Best Reading Apps for Kids
Why We Like It: hoopla is a free app offered by local public libraries, allowing you to borrow audiobooks, ebooks, music, movies to enjoy on your phone, tablet or computer. You’re even able to download the titles so you can be offline and still enjoy your favourite moments. All you need to be able to access hoopla is a valid email address, a password and a library card. Each title differs in availability – audio books are available for 21 days, movies and TV are available for 48-72 hours, and you can have an album for 7 days.
The reviews say: “this is a great alternative […] the best part is that it is 100% free to use and there are no ads that come with it.”
Cost: £7.99 a month after a 30-day free trial
Why We Like It: Even if you cancel your subscription, the books are yours to keep. The flexibility of the app is really great, you can exchange any audiobook that you don’t like for another, there are multiple exclusive deals each month. What’s more, you can listen to the books either on or offline – great if you’re using them to distract little ones on the underground or mid-flight!
The reviews say: “by far the best audiobook service, great discounts and a huge catalogue of books.”
Cost: £7.99 a month after a 30-day free trial. Free to educators and teachers.
Why We Like It: Over 35,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and much more is instantly available to you when you sign up to epic! There are different books for each age group: 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12. If you’re wanting your child to learn another language, then why not let them listen or read to Spanish books that are available?
The reviews of this one say: “we love Epic! Hundreds of books, all kinds of stories, your child won’t be bored!”
Cost: £7.95 a month after a 30-day free trial.
Why We Like It: You can set your child’s age, ability and interests and the app grows with them, altering the book recommendations as they get older. The reading programme is designed to build confidence that is proven to increase early reading scores by 74%. Due to the interests you set for your little one, Homer personalises your child’s reading plan to suit them, and encourages your child to read more!
The reviews say: “wonderful in its ability to teach my kids how to read, and I wish I had something like this programme as a child.”
Cost: £1.49 a month
Why We Like It: Each phase of phonics learning is covered in stories from PocketPhonic’s award winning programme. The app mimics what your child would learn in school, starting with the phonics s, a, t, p, i and n. The letter appears on the screen, and your little one is encouraged to say it out loud as well as tracing the letter with their finger. With 43 stories in total, your little one will be reading in no time!
Why We Like It: This app is a virtual library with a large number of stories ranging from Mr Tumble and Sarah and Duck. By using one of the best apps to teach reading, you’re encouraging your little one that reading is fun and should be enjoyed. With each story you have in your collection, your child can choose to read the story by themselves, or have it read to them as they follow along with words on the screen. There’s even a handy guide for parents with how to make reading fun and help your child develop key language skills.
The reviews say: “My child loves going through the books and doing the interactive parts too. The design and usability throughout is brilliant.”
Why We Like It: Your child will taught different types of words, from Dolch, Fry and the top 150 written words. Sight Words aims to teach your child words that they should be able to read without stopping, which makes reading much smoother and easier.
Cost: Free (with in-app purchases)
Why We Like It: Each word that your little one learns comes with an interactive word puzzle with letters that come alive! Endless Reader recognises the importance of sight words, as some have unusual spellings and sounds.
Cost: £1.99 for one app, or £7.99 for all 5
Why We Like It: With 5 different apps to choose from, you can tailor your little one’s reading to their ability. The apps include ages: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and Maths Facts.
The reviews say: “my kids love it! The apps are designed in a way that keeps the child’s interest. Our children are always excited to earn coins.”
Best Reading Apps for Kids: The Sparknotes
- PocketPhonics Stories
- CBeebies Storytime
- Sight Words
- Endless Reader
And that’s it! Hopefully with these suggestions, you and your little one will be well on your way to reading together in no time! Let us know in the comments which one you decide to get for your little reader, and keep us updated on how they’re getting on Twitter, at @inthebookwith.