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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IXL Math and English

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Math – More than 3,000 standards-aligned skills provide comprehensive coverage of pre-K through 12th grade math. Unlimited questions and no templates mean students can practice, review, and master a skill—and never see the same question twice. From skip-counting with pictures to graphing quadratic functions.

English Language Arts – Enter a new era of grammar instruction with IXL’s English language arts program for grades 1–12. The fundamentals of writing are brought to life through fun and witty questions that challenge students to learn new vocabulary, correct grammatical mistakes, and understand textual context. Over 1,300 skills prepare kids to become confident communicators in school and life.

Website for IXL – https://ca.ixl.com

IXL iTunes link – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ixl-math-and-english/id693689912?mt=8

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

Epic! – Unlimited Books for Kids

Screenshot 2016-01-05 21.03.18.pngEpic! includes over 10,000 books available now and many more titles added each week, Epic! An unlimited library your kids can take anywhere!

Well-known books and series include Fancy Nancy, Flat Stanley, Warriors, Rainbow Magic Fairies, The Chronicles of Narnia, Disney’s Frozen, Ramona, Batman, Goosebumps, Clifford, A Series of Unfortunate Events, National Geographic Kids, Goodnight Moon, The Berenstain Bears, Big Nate, and many more.

The Epic! library contains everything from picture books to chapter books, early readers, audiobooks, “read to me” audio books, comic books, graphic novels, non-fiction titles, educational books, and junior novels.

1. EPIC! FOR THE HOME – Epic! costs only $4.99/month with the first month FREE and supports up to 4 individual child profiles per account. Each child receives personalized recommendations based on their reading level and interests, helping them discover new books they will love.

2. EPIC! FOR EDUCATORS – Epic! is absolutely free to elementary school teachers and school librarians in the US and Canada. Epic! encourages young readers with badges and rewards, while letting teachers assign books and track individual reading progress.

Website: https://www.getepic.com

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/epic!-unlimited-books-for/id719219382?mt=8

Kids A-Z (formerly Raz Kids)

Screenshot 2015-11-17 12.25.09Raz-Kids – hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects. 24/7 web access to the practice needed to become better and more confident readers. Teachers can also customize assignments, view reports, and track student progress every step of the way. All student activity in the app is captured and reported to teachers at Raz-Kids, thus helping teachers monitor student progress and determine the instruction needed for each student.

iTunes link – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/kids-a-z/id474207297?mt=8