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How to Help Your Kids Learn to Read (& Love It) at Home

There’s nothing like a beautiful, pristine new picture book, a gnawed-on board book, or a clear set of flashcards to get some young ones to understand the magic of the written word. Others, well, they need a little bit more persuading. Whichever category your children fall into, there are many, many online resources and mobile apps that can help your kids learn to read.

Toddlers just old enough to get a bit of screen time can use it to learn their letters from Elmo or other beloved characters. For the kids who would always rather play games than sit down and read, there are apps that disguise their lessons as play. For those who love a good cartoon, there are digital libraries stocked with videos animating classic and new favorite kids books.

If you need to supplement your child’s classroom reading time, many of these apps use techniques developed by educators and researchers. Even the old standby Hooked on Phonics is available now for your tablet or phone.

The kids who love reading from the start can still benefit from the nearly endless libraries available online when bookstores and physical libraries are unavailable — and yes, you can even get your favorite comics and graphic novels in ebook form.

Sure, there are purists who don’t want anything but paper and ink. But for many of us, and especially our children’s generation, reading is a multi-platform experience to enjoy online and off.

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