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.

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
Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids Publisher: Epic! Creations
Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books
Grades K-6
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
NowComment Visit Website: https://nowcomment.com/
Rich collaboration and discussion site engages students and teachers
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
ReadWorks Digital Visit Website: http://digital.readworks.org
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
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
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
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
InsertLearning 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