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55 Free iPad Apps for Practicing Reading


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Are you looking for a way to practice reading with your child? In the following list you will find stories, picture books, audio playback games and other fun interactive applications that will help your kids practice reading, pronunciation and articulation, and enrich their vocabulary.

Practicing Reading With Free iPad Apps for Teachers and Parents

  1. 1st Grade Reading - I Like Writing - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy stories with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books to learn how to read as they see each word individually highlighted in red at the exact moment the audio is played back.
  2. 2nd Grade Reading - I Like Horses - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder. 
  3. 3rd Grade Reading - I Like Grandma- freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  4. Aesop's Quest - freeAesop's Quest, based on Aesop's Fables, is a learning game where the player must remember elements of a story to complete a level. The game uses reading comprehension to develop cognitive reading skills. The touch mechanic of the game engages children in a hands-on learning process, implementing kinesthetic learning. 
  5. Bananas Sometimes - LAZ Reader (Level B) - free PRESCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN readers use their imagination when reading this humorous story about a child who envisions everyday objects made from bananas. Predictable sentence patterns and pictures support the students as they read. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives:  Visualize nouns. The app features interactive glossary pages that encourage early readers to explore challenging words through pictures and example sentences.
  6. Book Chat - freeHave you ever read a great passage in a book and then craved to discuss it? Then this app is for you. Book Chat makes it possible for you to hook up with other readers reading the same book as you. Open the app, register, then join in the chat. 
  7. Books for Kids - I Like Drawing - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder. 
  8. Childrens' Book - I Like Colors - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  9. Discovering Dinosaurs - LAZ Reader (Level I) - freeKINDERGARTEN TO FIRST GRADE readers will learn that scientists have found the fossilized remains of dinosaur bones, footprints, teeth, nests, and eggs. They will also learn how scientists dig up, wrap, transport, and study dinosaur remains. The text is supported by fascinating photos and illustrations. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: main idea and details, content vocabulary. 
 Learning A–Z provides materials delivered online and through the iTunes Store that help children learn to read, write, and discover the wonders of science. All our materials are leveled so that children can access information at their reading level. Our leveled readers begin at level a with labeling objects. In level A simple sentences are presented. With each level thereafter the sentences get more complex and the words become a little more difficult.
  10. Farm Animals (Level AA) - freePRESCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN readers will enjoy this simple book that introduces seven charming farm animals, most of which will be familiar to the reader. The playful illustrations support one-to-one picture to text correspondence. A discussion question after the reading helps build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: main idea and details, categorize. The app features interactive glossary pages that encourage early readers to explore challenging words through pictures and example sentences.
  11. First Grade Reading - I Like Water - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  12. Footsteps-2-Brilliance - free Are you maximizing your children’s full potential? Neuroscientists confirm that reading has a massive impact on brain function and can dramatically improve understanding in nearly all school subjects. You and your child will delight with an entire library of 18 beautifully written and illustrated eBooks and over 230 educational games to read and play together. You’ll laugh and learn as the stories come to life with animations and music. Written by master teachers and famous children’s book authors, the eBooks are based upon the 1,000 most essential words that a child in pre-K through 3rd grade needs to develop a powerful reading and writing vocabulary.
  13. Fry Words - free The Fry 1000 Instant Words are a list of the most common words used for teaching reading, writing, and spelling. These high frequency words should be recognized instantly by readers. Dr. Edward B. Fry's Instant Words (which are often referred to as the "Fry Words") are the most common words used in English ranked in order of frequency.
  14. Hideout: Early Reading - free Hideout teaches kids how to read through a series of fun activities that emphasize letter-sound association and word repetition. These activities make use of blending and reading short vowel words within meaningful contexts. Interactive activities highlight a core of words that share a phonic pattern. Engaging activities, set within relevant situations, provide meaning and purpose for reading and creating words. The activities vary in the situations they present and in the ways word meanings are illustrated. The variation in the activities captures children’s interest. Each activity permits children to read and create words that relate to the particular scene (or fun context) and provides opportunities to read words to convey ideas. 
  15. How to Make Lemonade - LAZ Reader (Level M) - free FIRST GRADE TO SECOND GRADE readers will read about how to make icy, cold lemonade all by themselves. Readers will learn about the ingredients and the steps needed to make homemade lemonade. Photographs reinforce the steps in preparing it. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: sequence events, synonyms.
  16. How Zebras Got Their Stripes - LAZ Reader (Level K) - free FIRST GRADE TO SECOND GRADE readers will read a Ugandan folktale about two donkeys who are tired of working and want an easier life. They meet a wise man who turns the donkeys into zebras by painting them. The idea catches on, but some of the donkeys run out of patience and pay the price. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: story elements, syllables.
  17. I Like Animals - Learning to Read Books - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy stories with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books to learn how to read as they see each word individually highlighted in red at the exact moment the audio is played back.
  18. I Like Music – Story Book For Preschoolers - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  19. I Like Planes - Childrens' Books - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  20. I Like School - Books for Children - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  21. I Like Stones - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  22. iLEAP Reading Comprehension - A Trip to the Zoo - free iLEAP Reading Comprehension is a collection of short nonfiction stories written for developing readers in grades K-2. Each story comes with comprehension questions that are integrated directly into the reading. As students read the story they will be stopped and prompted to use a reading comprehension strategy to help them remember and understand what they have read.  
  23. Introducing Planet Earth - LAZ Reader (Level l) - free FIRST GRADE TO SECOND GRADE readers will read facts pertaining to Earth, including how Earth supports life, how the seasons occur, and how day becomes night. Physical attributes are defined, such as continents, equator, latitude, longitude, and axis tilt. Illustrations support the text. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: main idea and details, compound words. 

  24. K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite - free K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite lets readers in grades K-4 practice fluency, the ability to read smoothly and quickly.
  25. Kids Book - I Like My Sister - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.  
  26. Kids Can Read - I Like Sticks - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  27. Kids Picture Book - I Like Boats - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  28. Kids Reading - I Like Spring - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  29. Kindergarten Reading - I Like Grandpa - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  30. Landon's Pumpkins - LAZ Reader (Level O) - free SECOND TO THIRD GRADE readers will read about a boy named Landon who remembers what happened last Halloween when he really messed up his pumpkin while trying to carve a jack-o'-lantern. This Halloween, he works with his dad on a plan to plant, grow, and harvest his own pumpkins so he will have enough for himself and his younger brother to practice carving. Landon successfully carries out his plan and ends up using the three R's—reduce, reuse, and recycle—in the process. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: sequence events, prefixes.  The app features interactive glossary pages that encourage early readers to explore challenging words through pictures and example sentences.
  31. Learn to Speak - I Like Fall - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  32. Making Pizza - LAZ Reader (Level E) - free KINDERGARTEN TO FIRST GRADE readers will read about a girl and her mom who show the ingredients and sequence needed to make a yummy pizza. At the end of the story, the girl enjoys the pepperoni pizza she and her mom made. Photographs and high-frequency words support early readers. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: sequence events, high-frequency words. The app features interactive glossary pages that encourage early readers to explore challenging words through pictures and example sentences.
  33. Maria Counts Pumpkins - LAZ Reader (Level A) - freePRESCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN readers will delight as they watch Maria sit on the stoop outside her apartment with her dog as seven relatives bring her pumpkins. The pumpkins crowd the dog and Maria off the stoop. The repeated sentence patterns and pictures help early readers retain meaning and read counting words. Discussion questions after the reading build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: counting words, cause and effect. The app features interactive glossary pages that encourage early readers to explore challenging words through pictures and example sentences.
  34. National Geographic Explorer - free National Geographic Explorer for home learning includes stories about animals, the environment, science, and world cultures. Explorer engages with worldwide adventures in learning.
  35. Picture Book - I Like Boats - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy stories with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books to learn how to read as they see each word individually highlighted in red at the exact moment the audio is played back.
  36. Picture Book for Kids - I Like Snow - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder. 
  37. Preschool Books - I Like Summer - free The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  38. Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion - free Nermal is upset when he receives an “F” on his report about goats. Garfield looks at the report and finds that Nermal has included facts but also opinions. Nermal reveals that he found the information on a website and wonders how he is supposed to know what’s true and what isn’t. Enter Dr. Nova and Professor G. Dr. Nova explains that there’s a great deal of good information on the Internet but that there’s also a great deal of mis- information. Some online information can even be described as hateful. She helps Nermal learn the difference between facts and opinions (with a little assistance from the Fact-Bot) and stresses that it’s important to read with a questioning mind.
  39. Read on Sight Free - free At some point we all learn to read without sounding out each letter in a word. We recognize the entire word and know what it means. This skill is especially important for common words that are not easily sounded out. The sooner a child learns these words by sight, the sooner they gain the confidence to read independently. In the 1930s, Edward Dolch went through children's books and created a list of words that were frequently used but hard to sound out. Once a child masters this list, he or she will be a much faster reader, able to enjoy stories without the words getting in the way.
  40. Readability - free Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later. With the Readability app, you can catch up on articles that you've saved from the Web or curated articles that you've discovered through the built-in Top Reads and Longform picks.
  41. Reading Comprehension: Fable Edition (10 stories free; others available with in-app purchase) - freeIf you're looking for a fun app to encourage your young one to read more look no further. This app combines reading, comprehension and gaming all in one! Each bundle consist of 10 stories based on the well-loved Aesop's Fables. After each story, there is a comprehension quiz for readers to engage in. After the reader has read all 10 stories, he or she can compete alone or challenge up to three other readers to a game of story recall. These stories are written on a 2nd to 4th grade level. Additional story collections can be purchased inside the app.
  42. Reading for Kids - I Like Reading Picture Book - freeThe "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6. The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books while growing their sense of imagination and wonder.
  43. Riding with Rosa Parks - LAZ Reader (Level J) - free KINDERGARTEN TO FIRST GRADE readers will read about a period in American history when segregation laws denied African-American people equal rights. The story is told from the point of view of a fictitious character, Marissa, who witnesses the bravery Rosa Parks displayed when she refused to give up her seat on the bus. The story provides students with the opportunity to learn how one person can make a difference. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: sequence events, high-frequency words. 
  44. Scholastic Reading Timer - free Becoming a good reader requires practice, just like learning to play a sport or an instrument. The Scholastic Reading Timer app promotes reading practice by encouraging reading every day and most importantly, makes it fun! Use the Scholastic Reading Timer in two ways: in conjunction with the Scholastic Summer Challenge, where kids are given weekly reading goals and log their reading minutes to win virtual rewards, or as a fun and functional reading timer throughout the year. Either way, the power of reading is in the palm of their hands.
  45. Seed Grows - LAZ Reader (Level G), A - freeKINDERGARTEN TO FIRST GRADE readers will read about the life cycle of a plant, from a seed falling on the ground to the production of roots and leaves, and finally to the production of a new seed. The book ends with readers contemplating what will happen next. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension.
  46. Sentence Reading Magic - free Most reading programs go from reading words to reading books. This can be too big of a jump for most emerging readers even if the books used are decodable text books. This app helps to bridge that gap giving emerging readers a gradual and fun step up from reading words. These short sentences are perfect to help children gain confidence in reading sentences. 
  47. Sight Words Flash Cards - freeSight Words Flash Cards is designed to develop pre-reading skills such as recognizing common words by sight and sound. Sight Words Flash Cards are divided into 4 categories: Pre-primary, kindergarten, 1st grade & 2nd grade. Each grade has an accompanying Question Mode to test and enhance reading skills. Repetition is the key to learning! By simply clicking on the flag button provided in each flashcard, kids or parents can add difficult words to the practice list for revision at a later time.
  48. Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games - freeIntroducing Sight Words 2 with Word Bingo! All new words in this comprehensive Sight Words app with multiple games, including Word Bingo! This app is designed to educate and entertain 1st and 2nd graders, Pre-Schoolers, Kindergarteners!
  49. Sight Words List - Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games - freeSight Words, also known as the Dolch List are an integral part in learning how to read. The Dolch Word list contains 315 words that are broken down into appropriate age groups. It is important for young readers to be able to instantly recognize these high frequency words in order to be proficient and fluent readers.
  50. Sky Is Falling - LAZ Reader (Level D), The - free KINDERGARTEN TO FIRST GRADE readers will read this classic tale of rumor and panic retold in this hilarious book. Students will delight in the snowballing effect of the story and the comic illustrations. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: sequence events, alphabetize. 
  51. Three Little Pigs - LAZ Reader (Level F), The - free KINDERGARTEN TO FIRST GRADE readers will read the classic folktale The Three Little Pigs retold with rich description—featuring the big, bad wolf huffing and puffing to blow down the straw house, the stick house, and the brick house. As expected, the three little pigs live happily ever after in the brick house. Illustrations support the text. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: sequence events, antonyms. 
  52. Three Little Pigs: The Wolf's Story - LAZ Reader (Level O), The - free SECOND GRADE readers will enjoy this retelling of the The Three Little Pigs told from the wolf's point of view. Readers will sympathize with the homeless, freezing wolf as he suffers a cold and can't stop sneezing. Illustrations support the text. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: compare and contrast, descriptive words. 
  53. Totem Poles - LAZ Reader (Level N) - free SECOND GRADE readers will learn in what parts of the United States totem poles are found, why they are used and by whom, and how totem poles are carved. Photographs of totem poles, and of figures found on totem poles, enhance the text. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. Learner objectives: fact and details, content vocabulary. 

  54. Woodsy Band Jam - LAZ Reader (Level C), The - free PRESCHOOL TO KINDERGARTEN readers will enjoy reading about a concert put on by the animals from the woods. Readers will have an opportunity to develop book language using the Out came… repetitive phrase. Discussion questions after the reading help build interest and comprehension. 
  55. YALSA’s Teen Book Finder - free Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, offers easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Search for books by title, author, genre, award, or list; create a reading list with the favorite’s button; share what you’re reading on Facebook and Twitter; and find a copy of the book in your local library, all from one screen! Not sure where to start? YALSA offers three hot picks on the homepage each day.