Unite for Literacy (website)

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Engaging books encourage readers.

Our original, non-fiction picture books support beginning readers of all ages. Features include predictable, rhythmic language; images with clear, familiar subjects; and text that ranges from one word up to a few sentences per page.

Diverse images inspire every child.

Children everywhere can “see” themselves and imagine their full potential through the images in our books. Pictures that reflect a child’s eye view of the real world, in all its rich complexity, encourage rich conversation and a personal connection with books.

Audio gives voice to home languages.

Our books provide unique audio support to families who speak (or are learning to speak) English, indigenous or foreign languages. Simple audio buttons on each page allow you to hear narrations by native speakers in warm, expressive voices.

Link – http://www.uniteforliteracy.com

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Read Me Stories – Children’s Books

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Read Me Stories is the top reading app for kids in the education category on iOS and Android. We are already part of the daily routine of millions of parents from all over the world. Our vision is to make reading fun, enjoyable and an activity that your child looks forward to everyday. Practice reading – anywhere, anytime.  The library also includes the lovely series Tuffy’s First Adventure. This series of stories takes Tuffy the pony on a grand adventure, where he learns how to meet new friends, and do good deeds. The illustrations are gorgeous. The stories are captivating. The voices are a hoot. These new stories also highlight the text as the story is read. Touching the characters on screen expands the storyline.

Read Me Stories website – http://readmestoriesapp.com

Read Me Stories on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/read-me-stories-childrens-books/id362042422?mt=8

More Read Me apps (for iPhone/iPad) – click here

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TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.

Access your school or library’s TumbleBookLibrary subscription from your iphone, ipad, or ipod touch, with the new TumbleBooksToGo app! TumbleBookLibrary subscribers can download and install the app on all of their devices! With a single sign-on per device, they’ll be signed in for months! All you need is a device and an internet connection.

The TumbleBookLibrary app works just like our mobile site, and is entirely self-contained.  It’s simple to install, simple to use, and available to all subscribers!  Please contact your school/library for username/password.

Website link – http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

TumbleBooks link on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/tumblebooks/id998074198?mt=8

Starfall Learn to Read

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Each numbered section features a vowel sound and its related spelling. Your child will hear, touch, read and eventually master this sound-spelling through a variety of engaging activities, movies, and songs. Encourage your child to play and explore! Your child will come to recognize the relationship between spoken and written language while having fun learning to read. This app is excellent for emerging readers and English language learners.

Starfall website – http://www.starfall.com

Link to iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/starfall-learn-to-read/id551817261?mt=8

Other Starfall apps – click here

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Monkey Word School Adventure

Monkey Word Adventure

Monkey Word School Adventure is an entertaining and captivating way to introduce your child to the fundamental concepts behind reading and writing. The lessons range from letter recognition and writing to spelling and phonics introducing word components such as consonant blends, digraphs, irregular vowels, sight words and more!

Cost – click on link below for pricing


Link to iTunes store – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/monkey-word-school-adventure/id565951597?mt=8

Dr Suess Treasury

Dr Suess

Your students will love reading these Dr. Seuss classics with their favorite characters – the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, the Lorax, Sam-I-Am, and many, many more!  Teachers can see their students’ reading skills improve with statistics for number of books read, hours read, pages turned, and words tapped. Unlimited access to a library of 55 digital books you can take with you anywhere.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!  Receive a 7-day free trial in the original “Dr. Seuss Treasury”: bit.ly/drseusstreasury

Features & Benefits:
– ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
– LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
– RECORD your own narration & share it with others
– SELECT a scene with easy-to-use navigation
– SORT books alphabetically, by series, or by publication date
– SEARCH for keywords in the title or text of the book

Designed for children ages 3-12.

Cost – $69.99 (Canadian)  VPP pricing is available.

Link to iTunes store – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/dr.-seuss-treasury-school/id1078393507?mt=8

Little Bird Tales: Digital Storytelling

Little Bird Tales

Kids all over the world are using the Little Bird Tales app to create their own stories, podcasts, presentations, journals and to share vacation photos. Students can download lessons from their teacher, and send them back for review when complete!


  • fun, easy to use art pad for illustrations and diagrams
  • import photos from your device or take them at the moment
  • record your voice and add text to each page
  • save and use images to your gallery
  • download lessons to your ipad and then upload completed lessons for review
  • upload stories to littlebirdtales.com to email, embed, edit or create PDF’s and MP4’s
  • smooth playback with audio, text and images
  • free website accounts for individuals and teachers
  • ideal for K to gr 6+

Website:  https://littlebirdtales.com/

Cost:  FREE

Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/little-bird-tales-free-digital/id517996494?mt=8