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Reading Train Free Beginning Books, Songs & Games

Age Level: Ages 0–5, Ages 5-8

Reading Train is a fun way to help your child learn and practice reading skills. This free version gives you a sample of what the app has to offer, inviting you to delve into it's full use.

Using simple books, kids are taken through "listen", "read myself" and "record" options. The books emphasize and reinforce specific words. You are then taken to a game where you use the words to answer questions and build sentences. This game offers the ability to hold down a word to hear it and comes with a help section to guide your child if needed. The games award you points which you can use to buy song books that all have toe-tapping tunes. Some of the songs will be familiar, while other new. You can record your own version of the song as well.

The app comes with 3 different levels, allowing for the growth of your young readers. In addition there is an in-app dictionary, which I always feel is a big bonus.

Parents can keep track of their child's progress in the parent section. There is also the ability to add multiple users.

I found this app very easy to use, filled with very nice graphics and an all-in-all great user experience. I love the gamelike experience as well, enhancing the desire to read, read, read!

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Access the whole library + new books for $1.99/month; $6.99 for 6 months or $9.99 for a year! (U.S. Dollars).


  • Listen, read and record books at 3 different beginning reading levels.
  • Professional narration: American English. All books can be recorded by users.
  • Play the train game after every book.
  • 450+ word integrated dictionary.
  • 8 free song books.
  • Unlimited user accounts.
  • Powerful reporting tools.

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