9 Leveled App Libraries For Emerging & Struggling Readers
For emerging and struggling readers, reading is just different.
While the typical concerns of content, interest, and reading habits and strategies apply for all readers, for struggling readers–and emerging readers, too–other concerns take priority. Best practices, such as guided reading, decoding strategies, and a focus on grade-level vocabulary and text complexity are critical–as are accessibility, the ability to self-direct through the reading process as relevant, and a reader-friendly user interface to make texts less threatening.
This makes early reader platforms like Booksy and iStoryBooks, with their tiered and leveled approach to text, available voiceovers, and touch-a-word-to-have-it-read-aloud features so appropriate to develop early literacy skills.
If this is what you’re looking for, the following list compiled by Katherine Burdick should help support the development of literacy skills and independent reading in your classroom.
Kathy's List of Leveled Reading Book App Libraries
Looking for leveled reading book libraries? Here is a list of book apps that offer libraries of leveled reading books perfect for Reading Recovery and guided reading programs.
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100 books from Reading Recovery publisher Kaeden. These books offer mini skill teaching before reading each book; choice of narrated reading, silent reading, or student recorded reading; question at the end of every book as a mini check on comprehension; ability to track the activity of up to 30 students.
$24.99 for 100 books grades preK-2
Booksy offers three books for free and 19 books for an additional inapp purchase. At this point they only offer two levels of reading, 0 and 1, an explanation of the levels can be found in the iTunes store description. The app offers some of the best early reading nonfiction books I have seen in an app.
FREE inapp purchases .99 each with 18 available titles
Envision out of Canada has started launching leveled reader libraries. 12f mostly nonfiction with some fiction books feature one sentence per page accompanied most of the time with photographs.They offer 12 books per library. each book ha yellow highlighting as the books are read aloud. In addition there is a set of sight word flashcards for each book so students can be successful when reading on their own. because the books were created in Canada they also offer the ability for you to rerecord the reading so your native accent is represented.
$9.99 for 12 books Prek-K
The app is free but the books you must buy for 1.99 to .99 through inapp purchase. At the time of this writing they had 45 books from levels A through M. On their About page they correlate their leveling system to grades. M is grade 2. the app offers silent reading and rad to me without any highlighting. There is no other support.
$.99 for most books, 45 available (so approximately $45 for 45 books)Grades K-2
A graphically stunning app, this app first organizes the books through a playful genre map. When you go to a genre land you can then sort the books by level, newly released or by the title alphabetically. Each land has a large selection of books though they advertise that they have 100 books. They say they are adding new books every week. There is no explanation for the leveling other than to associate to a child's grade - I think. The levels go P,1,2,3,4. There are no other activities to support the reading just narration. They offer 5 books for free.
$3.99 per month subscription, 100 books grades K-4.
iStoryBooks is a FREE web-based library of 25 books that are NOT leveled so though it is a great resource it does not fit the guidelines of this lists. Two of the books are in Spanish. The library offers a variety of texts that are easy for early readers to navigate as they emerge as independent readers. They have some strong nonfiction titles which is hard to find. The books offer narration in a movie mode that you can turn off through the settings icon.
25 free leveled readers with narration and yellow highlighting. Offers bookmarking. No other support. No explanation is given for their leveling system and it can only be found by looking at the inapp store. Other readers are accessed by having a school purchase of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt program. Additional packs are available for individual purchase by tapping the library and then the parent/child icon.
$2.99 for 8 books as individual level in app purchase. Grades K-5