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The Best Reading Apps for Kids in 2020

Some kids are born with an innate love of reading; others, well, not so much. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t learn to love reading. Today, there are tons of apps that have been specifically designed to encourage and facilitate your little one’s love of the written word. These apps are not replacements for books, but rather, helpful tools that make reading fun and more enjoyable.

The kicker is, for many kids, these apps are more appealing than books. As opposed to a stationary, two-dimensional textbook or notebook, reading apps employ multi-sensory stimulation couched in fun and interactive games. So while your 5 year old might not want to sit down and memorize the ABCs from his schoolbook, he will want to play a super-fun game on your phone or computer. After all - what 5 year old can resist his parents’ electronics?

So if your child is protesting books and ABC-learning tools, a reading app can be just the answer - it’s interactive, educational, and simply makes reading fun. Whether you’re looking for the best reading apps for kindergarten-aged kids, elementary students, or adolescents, read on for the ABC’s of picking the right tool for your child. 

Apps to Help Kids Read: Where to Begin?

Your friend might swear by Homer, your cousin might rave about LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary, and your colleague might go on about how Reading Raven turned her child into a reading-machine.

With all of these different recommendations, where do you start?

We’ve broken down some of the key factors to consider when making your decision about the best apps to help teach reading to your child.

The Best Reading Apps for Android, iOS, and Kindle

Let’s start with practical considerations. Some apps are only available on iOS, and some are only available on Android. You may find the best app in the world, but if it’s only available on iOS and you have an Android, don’t even bother.

This means that even though a reading app like Reading Raven has great reviews, since it’s only available on iOS or iOS/desktop, Android owners will have to look elsewhere. Only look at the apps that are available on your device. End of story. Great time-saver.

Luckily, most of our picks are available on multiple platforms. If you want to save yourself the heartache of finding an app you want that’s not available on your device, here are some that are available on both iOS and Android: Endless Alphabet, Starfall Learn to Read, Epic, and Elmo Loves ABCs.

If you’re a Kindle devotee, check out Intellijoy’s