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Updated by Hope Mulholland on Jan 23, 2017
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Apps for Struggling Adolescent Readers by TeachThought

Different apps to engage struggling readers -
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Google Play

Google Play

Similar to the other popular reading apps, Google Play allows users access to a large collection of books to download onto their devices. The great thing about these online bookstores is that it allows instant access to the next book in a series which can keep struggling readers motivated.

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Overdrive Media Console

Overdrive Media Console

Overdrive allows you to download audiobooks and ebooks directly to your device for free. The app works with your public library to give you access to electronic media. Once you log in with your library card, you can check out books just like you are visiting your library. The best thing is the books are automatically returned when the lending period is over so you don’t have to worry about lost books or late fees.

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Storia

Storia

This Scholastic iPad App offers a variety of e-books that can be purchased from the scholastic website. Parents or teachers can set up bookshelves for individual students and assign them books to read. There are highly motivating texts available for all ages and some of the books are enhanced with games and activities. The reading reports section tracks how much time the student has spent reading, what e-books they have finished, and even the words that they have looked up in the built-in dictionary.

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Aesop

Aesop

This free interactive ebook is presented by the Library of Congress. It includes Aesop’s fables as well as color pictures, videos, and interactive animations. These short, classic stories continue to be engaging in digital form.

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Middle School Confidential

Middle School Confidential

This popular ebook follows a group of students as they maneuver the challenges of middle school. Students will enjoy the topic as well as the vivid pictures and audio effects. The series also has a sequel which continues to follow the characters of the first app.

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Kids Discover

Kids Discover

This app features the Kids Discover magazine which features engaging science and social studies themed topics such as Weather, Lewis & Clark, and Oceans. The iPad app includes articles as well as interactive items such as picture slideshows and short video clips. Subscriptions are available or you can purchase by topic. The Kids Discover website also includes free lesson plans for teachers as a companion to the issues.

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Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

This app features vivid and exciting comics from the Marvel Universe. Readers will enjoy familiar characters like Spiderman and the X-Men. There are both free comics and in-app purchases available.

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Brainpop

Brainpop

The Common Core State Standards focus on students being able to comprehend and respond not only to written text, but also multi-media. Brainpop has a video a day that students can watch and then do a quick quiz. The videos are on varied academic topics such as Recycling, Mars, The Civil War, Main Idea, and Angles.