Literacy Apps

Apps are fun and motivating for kids! Even our youngest enjoy swiping a smartphone or tablet to unlock a colorful world of activities and learning.

Let Reading Rockets help you find the very best educational apps that provide practice with essential literacy skills. Help kids build skills in print awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and writing.

The apps listed include a summary of how each works, recommended ages (pre-K to grade 3), developmental skills, device (phone, tablet, Android, Apple), and cost. Links to purchase the app and read independent reviews are also provided.

Recommended Apps by Topic


Apps that provide practice with specific comprehension skills, including sequencing, differentiating between fact and opinion, developing word awareness, as well as several mind mapping apps.


Engaging apps that help children practice basic phonics skills. including recognizing the letters of the alphabet, learning upper case and lower case letters, and word building.

Print awareness

Apps that help young children build a better understanding of letters and sounds, the left-to-right nature of reading, and recognizing that print differs from pictures.


Fun apps that also provide practice with important letter and spelling skills.


Apps that engage young children in crossword and Scrabble type games. Other apps focus on specific word meaning skills by highlighting word opposites, synonyms, and homophones.


Great apps that help young children with various steps of the writing process — from handwriting skills to sentence construction to planning and drafting a story.

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