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Apps for learning to read: options for school-age children


Carol Torres


Apps to learn to read

Did you know that technology can be an ally in your children's education and literacy? Despite being one of the most important skills for children, unfortunately, not everyone has access to sufficient resources to develop.

Fortunately, today it is possible to learn and develop this skill with the help of some applications, which allow you to practice reading at home, making the process more fun and interactive, which, according to experts, is very important. 

There are many learning-to-read apps available on the market, some treat literacy as a game, while others are focused on teaching specific skills. Keep reading to find out what they are!

Methodologies and benefits of using applications

Apps for learning to read - Source: Unsplash
Apps for learning to read – Source: Unsplash

As incredible as it may seem, they are great for those looking for a different and interactive methodology to develop their children's reading skills. And to achieve complete development, they offer benefits such as gamification in learning. 

Gamification in learning

Gamification is a technique that uses game elements to motivate users to learn and participate, regardless of their age. In apps, it is used precisely for this, helping to stimulate concentration and attention.

The educational games present help develop reading skills such as text comprehension, pronunciation and vocabulary. This technique can also be used to track student progress, offering rewards and challenges to encourage learning.

Reading development

With them, users can also learn at their own pace, without the pressure of a teacher or a school environment, allowing you to focus on your own needs and difficulties.

Educational resources for parents and teachers

Progress monitoring

One of the main concerns of parents, or even teachers, during literacy instruction is monitoring the child's progress and, fortunately, applications can also help with this task. 

Teaching support material

In addition to monitoring progress, parents and teachers can also rely on applications that offer teaching support material to deepen their children's learning.

Top Literacy Apps

Epic: Kid's Books & Reading

Epic has a library with thousands of titles, offering a huge variety of digital books, from children's literature classics to educational works. The platform is intuitive and allows you to explore according to interests and reading levels.

In addition to books, it also offers educational videos and a series of quizzes that help test understanding of what has been read. It's an excellent way to make reading a complete experience, stimulating imagination as well as reasoning.

Available for both Android and iOS, Epic has already gained more than 10 million users. 

App link on Google Play Store

App link in the Apple Store

Libby, by OverDrive

Libby offers free access to a vast collection of digital books and audiobooks from public libraries. The app's interface is simple and easy to use, which allows even the youngest readers to navigate the virtual library with ease. 

Additionally, audiobooks are a great option for children who are still learning to read or for those who enjoy listening to bedtime stories.

Libby is available for Android and iOS devices and its effectiveness is reflected in its number of downloads: there are already more than 10 million. 

App link on Google Play Store

App link in the Apple Store


Skybrary is a platform that takes the reading experience to a new level. Inspired by the iconic American TV show “Reading Rainbow”, it offers a curated collection of educational books and videos that promote reading and learning.

With a vibrant and colorful interface, it captures children's imagination and invites them to explore varied topics, from science to arts. 

Skybrary is an excellent option for parents who want to offer their children a diverse and fun education. With a subscription, families have access to a universe of knowledge that goes beyond the pages of books.

Link to Skybrary website

Curricular integration and accessibility

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In addition to all the help and support they offer, they also allow students with different abilities and learning needs to access content in a more dynamic and interactive way.

Multilingual Apps

For students who want to expand and deepen their knowledge of other languages, there are also many apps to learn to read in English and Spanish, for example. 

Some also have support for Brazilian Sign Language (Libras), making learning accessible for deaf students, those with hearing impairments or those who wish to learn this important language.

Resources for children with dyslexia

Students with dyslexia can face significant literacy challenges, but fortunately, there are apps with specific features to help them overcome these challenges. 

Some resources include phonics exercises, interactive games, and read-aloud resources, which are extremely important for these children.


As you have seen, there are several tools that can help you with your child's literacy, offering resources that make learning even more interactive and in-depth.

It is important to encourage the use of applications and the practice of reading for your children, this way, they will create the habit and it will become a natural process. 

We hope these tips have been useful to you and that they help in this important stage of your little ones’ development!

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Carol Torres

Graduated in advertising and publicity and senior writer at Matérias do dia. My mission is to write impactful texts that make a difference in the lives of our readers!

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