Apple products are extremely popular, and many consumers are so loyal to the brand that they are willing to wait in vast lines when new products—especially iPhones—are officially available to the public. Statista reports that 46.9 percent of smartphone owners are using an iPhone, and there are a total of 113 million U.S. iPhone users.
Apple users have access to the App Store, which is the hub for all apps for Apple devices. This hub offers a seemingly unlimited number of games and educational apps, too. By downloading reading apps for iPhone, these devices can even be used to help children with reading; in fact, the phone might serve as a portable educational tool.
What are the best reading apps for iPhone? While the number of options is too long to list in full, here are 10 to explore:
Perfect for children ages 4 and up, the Treasury includes all Dr. Seuss’ books. Use the app to choose the most Seussical option for a bedtime story or just to help children practice reading. Dr. Seuss books feature easy words, bold illustrations and some really unique characters.
The app is free to download, and parents also can sign up for a free seven-day trial. Sign up for a subscription for $2.99 per month or purchase the whole library of books for $49.99.
Kids may already love playing on the PBS Kids website at home, but the app allows the fun (and reading) to go mobile. Children can play games featuring favorite characters and explore all different kinds of learning adventures. The Super Why reading pack is a great resource for early or emerging readers (it is priced at $7.99 (for a bundle) or $11.99 (if purchased solo).
This app helps children work on sight words. Children learn with interactive puzzles. The app doesn’t keep score, and children can take as long as they need to solve a puzzle. Six words are free, but additional packs are extra. However, the app is free to download.
Ideal for ages 2 to 8, this app also provides help with sight words. Sight Words & Phonics also helps children with letter recognition with tracing activities; a ‘reading path’ gives children the right road to advance from those learning to read to reading. The app is free to download, but accessing the activities requires a subscription. Parents who want to try the program can sign up for a free seven day trial.
Practice the entire list of sight words to help children in different grades. This app offers the complete Dolch list. Games help children memorize and recognize their sight word list while having fun. Preschoolers (age 4) and younger elementary children might be the best audience for this app.
This app is a reading library, and it also includes videos. Children can explore different stories and take virtual field trips with LeVar Burton! Children can choose to listen to books if they prefer a storytime option. Parents can sign up for a one-month free trial. Subscriptions are $4.99 per month or $39.99 for the year.
Kiddopia is actually a learning app for preschoolers that includes different subjects like science and math, too. The app offers more than 1,000 activities in many different areas—including art and even self-expression. Kiddopia was designed to be used by children, so it’s simple to navigate. Parents can sign up for a free seven-day trial to explore the program.
Audible is free to download and gives access to a vast library of audiobooks. To access books and podcasts, though, parents will need to purchase a subscription. Currently, Audible is offering a discounted subscription rate of $5.95 for three months; after the promotion rate expires, the price is $14.95 per month. To explore Audible, parents also can sign up for a free 30-day trial.
All Apple devices will likely come pre-downloaded with Books, which is an e-reader. Just open up the app and explore the library. There are many books offered via Books that are free and available for instant access. More popular titles and recent releases may need to be purchased.
Using an e-reader, though, is a great option for children who love technology. Plus, older children can read on their phone, allowing the reading experience to be truly mobile.
E-books that are purchased or even downloaded for free stay in the user’s library. Children can have access to their entire bookshelf of titles from anywhere and at any time. Using e-readers is a great way to also encourage children to explore different subjects and authors.
While visiting a library is a fun experience for children, parents might not always have time to drive there. An e-reader gives children a library/bookstore experience from home! The app can be used by adults and children. Parents, though, may want to supervise or set limitations for what can—or cannot—be downloaded.
Children who need more reading help or who struggle with reading fluency or comprehension could benefit from a lesson-based reading app like Readability. What makes Readability a unique learning experience for children is that lessons are guided by a tutor—a virtual AI tutor!
This tutor is programmed with voice-recognition software and learns to understand each user’s voice. Reading lessons via Readability are done aloud, and this allows the tutor to recognize if a child is struggling to pronounce a word or is having other difficulties.
Readability is leveled to ensure that reading lessons are perfectly matched to the child’s abilities. If parents don’t know their child’s reading level when they are beginning the program, the app can determine the best level.
Children do not advance in the program until they demonstrate proficiency in both fluency and reading comprehension. The AI tutor measures fluency by the words read per minute. If a child stumbles or has trouble reading words or phrases, these errors are deducted from the fluency measurement.
At the end of each story, the tutor will ask the child questions related to what they read. This is how the program determines the child’s mastery of comprehension.
Some children may need to stay at a level for a bit longer, but they may master other levels quickly. Children progress at their own speed, and Readability progresses as the child progresses.
Stories via Readability also keep children engaged. They don’t feature long blocks of text, which can be frustrating for struggling readers. All stories are interactive and include lots of colorful illustrations.
Readability also includes a mix of fiction and nonfiction stories. Children can meet new characters, but they also can learn about favorite sports players or historic figures. Stories also are age-appropriate to ensure that older readers don’t feel that the content is geared towards a younger reader.
Parents want to see that their child is benefiting from a reading program, and Readability makes it easy for parents to keep up with their child’s reading milestones. Readability includes a special portal that can only be viewed by parents. The Parent Dashboard includes all the child’s reading data, including words read per minute, reading level and more. All this information also can be sent to the child’s teacher in a customized reading report.
Like many learning programs, Readability requires a subscription. However, one account can be used by up to three readers. Parents are billed $19.99 per month for full access to all the program’s features.
For parents who aren’t quite sure what program would best benefit their child, Readability offers a free seven-day trial that lets parents and their children explore all the features. Interested in trying out Readability? Start a trial today!