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These apps can help kids learn to read

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Reading Raven

Here are some of the best apps out there for building kids’ reading skills, from letter recognition, phonics, and sight words to vocabulary building and comprehension.

Storybook Reading: Unique tool for shared reading; easy to use but takes time. Recommended for ages 2 and older.

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Elmo Loves ABC: Learn the alphabet with tracing, puzzles, videos, and songs. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Quality: 5 out of 5

Available on iPad, Kindle Fire

Reading Raven: Learn-to-read games offer kids solid lessons at own pace. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPod, iPad

SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet: A nice collection of short mini-games with good feedback.. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic: Excellent interactive early phonics storybook. Available for ages 4 and older.

Quality: 5 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Learn With Homer: Beautiful app promotes skills and a love of reading. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Quality: 5 out of 5

Available on iPad

Starfall Learn to Read: Great reading activities fit a range of skill levels. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

uKloo: Scavenger hunt makes reading fun; user can customize levels. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone

Monkey Word School Adventure: Cute monkey guides kids through six early-reading games. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Read2Go: Accessible, customizable reading tool used with Bookshare. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Quality: 4 out of 5

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization offering unbiased advice to help families make smart media and technology choices. Check out our ratings and recommendations at www.commonsense.org.

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