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Resources for Beginning Readers

Learning how to read is different for each child, which is why we highlight a range of techniques within these apps and websites. Whether you're looking to help build students' phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, or comprehension, you'll find tools here that support every step of the process. Some of these apps and websites even offer diagnostic tools to help you identify and target specific areas of need as your students work to improve their reading.

Name Play: a name reading and writing practice kit Publisher: Edoki
Simple but fun games cleverly let prereaders explore familiar names
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Alpha Writer, by Montessorium Publisher: Montessorium, LLC
Well-crafted app lets emerging readers and writers develop reading skills through word building
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition Publisher: Hooked on Phonics
Research-based curriculum adapts beautifully to fun, easy-to-use app
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $49.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: LeapSchool Reading Publisher: LeapFrog
Kids play fun reading and hobby games to complete a classroom yearbook
Grades Pre-K-1
Type Game
Price $24.99
Platforms LeapFrog games
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Learn with Homer Publisher: Homer
A captivating, comprehensive beginning reading resource
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Monkey Word School Adventure Publisher: THUP Games
Delightful monkey means business on this challenging early reading app
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
More.Starfall Visit Website: http://more.starfall.com/
A range of clever activities for early literacy and math exploration
Grades Pre-K-1
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Montessori Crosswords Publisher: L'Escapadou
Gently ease kids into phonics with superb Montessori-inspired puzzles
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Ready to Learn Reading Visit Website: http://pbskids.org/read/
Vast assortment of activities encourage reading and storytelling
Grades Pre-K-3
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Starfall Learn to Read Publisher: Starfall Education
Delight emergent readers with lively phonics lessons
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Reading Rainbow Skybrary School Visit Website: https://www.levarburtonkids.com/school
Thorough lesson plans help teachers utilize an amazing digital library
Grades K-3
Type Website
Price Free to Try
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Lexia Reading Core5 Visit Website: http://www.lexialearning.com/
Dynamic, game-based reading promotes targeted, individualized growth
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Phonics Genius Publisher: Innovative Mobile Apps
Quality flashcard-style phonics app missing some basics
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Epic! - 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
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
News-O-Matic, School Edition, 2014-15 Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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