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iPad APPs for Literacy

** Please read the description on the APP before you download to make sure it is age appropriate for your child.

Preschool and Early Kindergarten Apps

ABCD Watermellon

ABC Pocket Phonics

All About Letters Interactive Activities (Lakeshore)

Alpha MazeABC Alphabet Phonics-Preschool 

Alpha Tots

Abby Monkey Letter Quiz School (CFC s.r.o.)

Beginning Sounds Interavtive Game (Lakeshore)

Endless Alphabet (Callaway Digital Arts Inc.)

Find the Letters HD

Handwriting without Tears

Little Matchups ABC- Alphabet Letters (GrasshopperApps)

Little Finder ABC (Innovative Apps)

Rocket Speller (Little Big Thinkers)

Sound Sorting Beginning Sounds

Starfall ABC


Print Awareness

  • ABC Spy ABC Spy challenges children to create their own ABC experience by taking photos for each letter of the alphabet — take a photo, choose a frame, give it a name. Then make a movie of all your photos to share with friends and family! $1.99 Grade: 1 – 3
  • Alphabetic Alphabetic makes identifying letters a game for your child as they have to search for letters A through Z while the letters spin around on the screen and before time runs out. $1.99 Grade: K
  • Starfall ABC’s Starfall ABC’s displays each letter in upper and lowercase and then shows how the letters are used in sentences. Children can also play letter games, such as word mazes. $2.99 Grade: PreK – K
  • Tap N Learn – Learn to Spell Tap N Learn — Learn to Spell's three different modes allow children to listen and learn words, matchup letter blocks to form the name of the item featured, and finally drag blocks to form words without any prompts. FREE Grade: 3 – 5

Phonics/ Word Work

  • Electric Co. Wordball incorporates video from the popular television show with a game to teach reading and spelling. The videos are appropriate for any age child learning to read. Kids can listen to some of their favorite music artist as they maneuver through the game.
  • Endless Reading Grade K-2
  • Endless WordPlay Grade K-2
  • FirstWords Deluxe helps kids learn to spell words in five categories. Parents can add more categories with in-app purchases. Touching the picture reveals the name of the object. As kids drag and drop letters into boxes to spell the object featured, they can practice sounding out letters with the phonics feature or hear the actual letter names as they're placed — or go all out and turn off the sound. Kids get spelling practice while working on listening skills and building their vocabulary. Grade PreK-1
  • Hooked on Phonics
  • Howie Hungry Monster (PlaySmart-Kids) – practice vowel sounds and other phonics skills Grade K-1
  • iSpy Phonics- Match phonics sounds with letters through colorful illustrations, pictures and accurate pronunciation while playing the game of I Spy
  • Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe (Lakeshore Learning Materials)- free interactive tic tac toe game that practices vowel sounds, letter sounds, word part, etc. FREE Grades 1-2
  • Reading Eggs by Blake eLearning
    • Eggy Phonics
    • Eggy Word Snap
    • Eggy Vocabulary
    • Reading Eggs Spelling
  • Reading Island 1   1st and 2nd grade
  • Reading Island 2   2nd and 3rd grade
  • Reading Island 3   3rd-- 5th grade
  • Reading on Park Planet #1
  • Reading on Park Planet #2
  • Rocket Speller
  • Touch and Write Phonics
  • Word Bingo
  • Word Wagon helps kids learn about letters, phonics, and spelling with Word Wagon. Parents and kids can set it to one of four progressively harder levels: letters, phonics, and spelling of short and long words and also to display either upper- or lowercase letters. $1.99 Grade K-1

Sight Word Practice

  • Sight Word List- Learn to read flash cards and games (Innovative Mobile Apps)
  • Sight Words by Photo Touch
  • Spell Blocks with Sight Words
  • Learn Sight Words by BrightTrail


  • Bookworm is a spelling and vocabulary building word search game. Children link letters left, right, up, and down to build words to feed "Lex" the bookworm. The longer the word the higher the score. The game can be played with or without time limits. $1.99 Grades 2 – 4
  • The Opposites app helps children learn vocabulary and the corresponding antonyms by challenging them to match up pairs of opposing words in increasingly difficult levels. The game also helps children understand the importance of word context, and is an opportunity for them to think about how the words they use oppose other words. $1. 99 Grades 3 – 12
  • Opposite Ocean, Luna and Leo must master the magic of words by correctly identify the antonym that is the opposite of the given keyword. Children earn pearls when they drag the correct bubble word to the enchanted clam. $0.99 Grades 2 – 6
  • Chicktionary is a chicken themed spelling and vocabulary-building word game. Children create as many words as possible out of seven letters. Completed words can be tapped to view their definition. There are multiple levels and children can choose a timed or untimed mode. FREE Grades 2 – 4
  • Same Sound Spellbound is an adventure designed to help the player understand homophones (words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings, such as "bee" and "be"). Luna and Leo, young magicians at Magic School, must use their spell book to bring animal statues to life. $0.99 Grades 2 – 6
  • Mad Libs app is just how you remember the classic fill-in-the-noun/verb/adverb game, but with a twist! Fill-in-the-blank sections are now interactive, and hints are offered to educate and entertain. FREE Grades K – 5
  • Montessori Crosswords, helps kids develop literacy skills by dragging and dropping letters into a crossword grid to form words that correspond to the given pictures. Young children can drag letters around in the moveable alphabet and practice linking phonetic sounds to letters, while older kids can expand their vocabularies in the higher of three difficulty levels. $2.99 Grades PreK – 5
  • Word Sort is a practical way to practice parts of speech. Children sort words and phrases by parts of speech before time runs out. The information screen for each part of speech describes each in an informative way. Three difficulty levels allow play by both kids and adults. $2.99 Grades PreK – 4
  • Wurdle, is a crossword style game that helps build reading and spelling skills. The object is to find and trace as many words as possible before the time runs out. The default letter grid size of 4x4 works well for beginners but those wanting a challenge can play on larger boards — up to 8x8. $1.99 Grades 1 – 3

Reading/ Interactive Books

  • Bob Books #2: Reading Magic HD is an interactive book app that uses spelling, repetition, and phonics to build beginning reading skills. Each 12-page book can be played at 4 different difficulty levels — beginning readers drag and drop letters to match words while the app sounds out the letters and reads the word aloud, more advanced readers select letters on their own. $3.99 Grades PreK – 2
  • I Like Books- 37 Picture Books (Grasshopper Apps)  Grade PreK-1
  • Not the Hole Story (Luke Campbell)- incomplete stories that students have to use reading comprehension skills and creativity to finish. Grade 4-7
  • K12 Timed Reading Practice (K12 Inc.)- Practice reading flueny by reading short, times passages.


Spelling/ Grammar/ Writing

  • A+ Spelling Test (Innovative Mobile Apps)
  • Alphabet Tracing- free app that allows students to trace and write print letters.
  • iWrite Words- helps to teach kids how to write the letters of the alphabet, numbers up to 20, and simple words using a dot-to-dot approach. It helps if kids already know how to count and read numbers up to 10 in order to play this game.
  • Preposition Builder helps students learn the correct use of prepositions and learn how prepositions can change the meaning of a sentence. Grades K-5
  • Sentence Builder helps children learn to build grammatically correct sentences about a given picture. Special attention is paid to the connector words. $4.99 Grades K – 5
  • Sparkle Fish- voice recording story completion app.  Guides students through the story completion process in a new and different way, helpful for those who have trouble getting stories on paper.
  • Spelling Bee teaches and tests kids on spelling and vocabulary word skills. After studying a wordlist, children are presented with a definition and an audio prompt of the word. $0.99 Grades 2 – 4
  • Teach Me: 1st Grade focuses on writing, spelling, and math. With this app, children answer questions and solve problems using their own handwriting. $1.99 Grade 1
  • Toontastic is a creative learning tool that empowers kids to draw, animate, and share their own stories through imaginative play. Toontastic teaches key storytelling principles. Children are walked through creating the story arc: setup, conflict, challenge, climax, or resolution. FREE Grades: K – 5


  • Aesop’s Quest, is a learning game where the student must remember elements of a story to complete a level. At the end of each story segment or level, the student is rewarded with puzzle pieces. After solving the puzzle, the story is complete and the child can continue to the next story. $0.99 Grades 2 – 6
  • MiniMod Reading for Details Lite helps students practice identifying the 5W's of reading who, what, where, when, and why. After reading a short story, the student is asked a reading detail question, a correct answer allows the student to place on marker on a bingo style card. $3.99 Grades 2 – 6
  • Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion is part story, part game, and part online safety lesson. When Garfield's friend receives an "F" on his report about goats for using opinions instead of facts, Professor Garfield steps in to explain the differences between a fact and an opinion. FREE Grades K – 2
  • Question Builder is designed to help children learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. Use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. $5.99 Grades K – 5
  • Same Meaning Magic students help Luna and Leo, young magicians at magic school, toss word stones into the wishing well to earn gold coins and jewels by choosing the best synonym. $0.99 Grades 2 – 6
  • Same Sound Spellbound is an adventure designed to help the player understand homophones (words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings, such as "bee" and "be"). Luna and Leo, young magicians at Magic School, must use their spell book to bring animal statues to life. $0.99 Grades 2 – 6

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