Top Pick

Best Digital Reading Apps and Websites

Digital technology makes it easier than ever to help students connect with and understand what they're reading. These picks -- our favorite e-reading platforms -- let students read at their own pace and level, engage in discussions in the margins, or answer questions and prompts as they read to guide and gauge learning.

NowComment Visit Website: https://nowcomment.com/
Rich collaboration and discussion site engages students and teachers
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Raz-Kids Visit Website: http://www.raz-kids.com/
Solid choice for leveled readings and progress-tracking
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LightSail Publisher: LightSail Inc.
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price By subscription
Platforms Android, iPad, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Accelerated Reader 360 Visit Website: http://www.renaissance.com/products/accelerated-reader
Boundless, flexible tools promote instructional, independent reading
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Contact for pricing
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
StudySync Visit Website: http://www.studysync.com/
Superb ELA resource spurs critical thinking with dynamic multimedia
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
ThinkCERCA Visit Website: http://www.thinkcerca.com
Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
CommonLit Visit Website: http://commonlit.org/
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
DocentEDU Visit Website: http://docentedu.com/
Useful Chrome extension lets teachers add interactivity to websites
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated