Best Apps For Beginning Readers

The Best Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

If you’re looking for the best apps for beginning readers, we’ve got you covered.

The best apps for beginning readers will help your child learn to read, and give them a tool that they can use to practice their skills at home or on the go.

Here’s how it works: your child will be presented with a short story that they can read out loud. Then, they’ll be given a series of questions about what they’ve just read. If they answer correctly, they’ll move on to the next part of the story. If not, they’ll have to try again—and again—until they get it right!

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This is great because it gives them a sense of accomplishment and helps them understand what’s being said in each paragraph, while also helping them remember key details by quizzing them after each section has been completed (which makes perfect sense since this is how we learn information when we’re growing up).

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5 Literacy Apps for Your Beginning Reader
Your Grade K-2 children can practice letter sounds, word building, and sight word recognition with these apps.


5 Literacy Apps for Your Beginning Reader
“Mom, can I use the tablet?” It’s a request I get at least once a day in our house. My kids do love technology.

As parents, we want to make sure that tablet time is spent mainly engaging with high-quality learning apps. Finding those apps that are worth the screen time can be challenging. The options are overwhelming and many of the choices miss the mark when it comes to skill development.

Below are five apps that are worth putting on your tablet for your 4-7 year-old kids to use. They are all designed for beginning readers to work on phonics and sight word recognition.

  1. Hale’s Tale is the newest app addition to our tablet. Your child will learn to recognize letter sounds, read simple words, and identify sight words in ongoing practice games. An added benefit is that this app is not overstimulating.
  2. Teach Your Monster to Read is the absolute favorite app in our house at the moment. Your child teaches their own friendly monster to read through a blend of phonics and sight word games. The app is well-balanced between practice and engaging play.
  3. Sight Words allows you to customize words to practice during use of the app. Your kids can switch between the learning section and game section. The games include hangman, memory match, and word whack.
  4. Starfall provides an abundance of leveled practice for beginning readers through independent readers. Your child will enjoy playing word games and reading leveled stories. The app is well organized allowing your child to choose areas to visit each session.
  5. Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read provides your young reader practice with making words, building words, reading words, and reading stories. Another feature of this app is that each letter sound is presented as a short musical clip. You will find excellent systematic phonics support for your beginning readers.

The next time your kids ask for tablet time, you can feel good knowing they are interacting with one of these enjoyable and educational apps developed to build their reading skills.


We Are in a Book! (An Elephant & Piggie Book)
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Using vocabulary perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a mind-bending story that is even more interactive than previous Elephant & Piggie adventures. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo won’t be able to put this book down–literally!


Mo Willems (, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don?t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don?t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. Other favorites include Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and City Dog, Country Frog, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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