Apps, Audio & Interactive Reading Resources

If there is a “given” of literacy in this century it is that we are reading more … and it is likely to be on a screen.

For my money, nothing can replace the multi-sensory experience of reading a paper-bound book. Still, tools like eReaders and tablets offer experiences that complement and expand the reading experience.

With that in mind, we’re adding this resource of places that offer books, tools, and opportunities for reading with kids and/or helping them learn to read at home, school or anywhere in between. If you’re looking for reviews of individual titles / apps, you might check out Kirkus Reviews’ iPad Apps page.

Note: Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of any product or company. The information is provided for research and reference purposes only.

Oceanhouse Media – This publisher creates app versions of books and well-known storybook characters. To date, the company has more than 285 apps. Platforms: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, Kindle Fire and HP TouchPad devices.

Reading Racehorse – This is an app that offers a “very natural way to learn phonics because the child makes visual contact with the word just before he or she touches it.” Platforms: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

Ruckus Media Group – Ruckus describes itself as a “family entertainment company.” Their apps include popular characters and original stories. Platforms: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)