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12 Apps and Websites for Super Readers

July 19, 2016

Teacher? Parent? School leader? You’ll want to check out the amazing Every Child a Super Reader: 7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible by Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell (find it here). It’s full of strategies for cultivating a love of reading inside and outside of the classroom. This book contains lesson ideas, book lists and actionable tips for educators and families.

I thought I would put together a list of my favorite apps for super readers. These iPad and Android apps are perfect for independent reading in school, family read alouds at home, and to support the development of reading skills. I hope that you’ll check out the ones that pique your interest and add any of your favorites to the comments section below!

12 fantastic reading apps and websites

Sesame Alphabet Kitchen can help young readers develop letter recognition skills. You might also like PlayKids Stories. It is a reading library for students with a range of titles for students. Blue Planet Tales is an interactive reading library for students. Looking for nonfiction passages? You will certainly want to check out Newsela. This app and website has lots of leveled text to search through.

CommonLit is a great resource for short passages in fiction and nonfiction genres. Paired passages can help students make connections as they read. You can see a full list from ReadWorks.

Want to listen to reading material pop off your screen? LibriVox offers audio clips of classic books. Super readers need to master their letter sounds – check out Intro to Letters by Montessorium. There are plenty of multimedia options for readers thanks to ebooks. This Shakespeare ebooks series is a fantastic choice for supporting growing readers.

One More Story is an online library for students with plenty of fiction titles. But if you want the news, check out this resource. The team at News-O-Matic publishes five new current events stories every day. Brainspace is a magazine with augmented reality experiences featured it in my book on scannable technology.

If you have access to tablets in your classroom, guide students to resources like the ones listed above during independet reading time. Don’t forget to check out Pam and Ernest’s book Every Child a Super Reader!

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