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
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
Actively Learn Visit Website: http://www.activelylearn.com/
Empowering social ereader keeps kids actively, independently engaged
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
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