Learning Program:

More than 5 million children have learned to read with Hooked on Phonics. With the help of early childhood education experts, we have enhanced the Hooked on Phonics App greatly with this launch, and are utilizing the most cutting edge research to most effectively teach early reading skills. We have included machine-learning algorithms to give children more practice in areas where they are struggling, and will give parents better insight into how their children are progressing with brand new reporting features.

• Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade readers (ages 3-7).

• Correlates to federal and state reading proficiency standards into 2nd grade.

• Over 250 songs, award-winning videos, interactive games, reading lessons, & ebooks.

• Earn virtual awards and achievements.

• 100+ ebook library with stories to complement every lesson.

• Use on multiple devices – pick up where you left off, no matter where you are.

• Add multiple readers and track their progress individually.

Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read contains 36 progressive lessons featuring leveled learning activities that cover key building blocks of reading: short vowels, simple plurals, simple compound words, beginning and ending consonant digraphs and blends, two-syllable words, and sight words.Each lesson concludes with a story specially written with the words just learned. Your child will read this book, proudly, on their own.

If your child is in Pre-K, has not quite mastered the alphabet and letter sounds, or they are struggling with Step 1 of the Learn to Read program, The Pre-reader section may be a good place to start. The Pre-reader section is an exciting preschool learning program that introduces pre-readers to the alphabet and letter sounds – critical skills they’ll need to begin Step 1 of the Learn to Read program.


Hooked on Phonics is FREE TO TRY. Step 1 of Learn to Read (includes 3 lessons), and the first episode of Pre-reader are unlocked and available for download immediately. Try it before you buy it, and experience the joy of your child reading their first book.

Terms of use:

- Hooked on Phonics provides a 7-day free trial, which upon completion, becomes a monthly subscription charged to the user’s iTunes account
- Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user by going to account settings after purchase
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period

Practice Pack Program:

What sets Hooked on Phonics apart from other reading apps is the option to include complementary Practice Packs that help a child develop concepts of print, as well as appealing to even more types of learners with off-the-page, hands-on ideas for deeper learning at home. Built using feedback from education experts and our customers, the Practice Pack program includes 5 Pre-reader, and 12 Learn to Read packs that include workbooks, stickers, storybooks, and in the first Pre-reader pack, flashcards that are sent to the home, monthly. Users can customize how often they receive these shipments through their account dashboard to tailor the pacing to each family’s needs. Created in conjunction with the App, the Practice Packs allow children to engage in different modalities of learning, review the skills they’ve gained in the App, and practice hands-on skills—like writing and tracing—that can’t be mastered in a digital setting. The result is an immersive program of learning experiences that keeps kids highly engaged in learning to read.

What’s New

Version 6.0.30

New: Enjoy Hooked on Phonics when you have no internet connection. While you are online go to the parent menu and click 'Offline Content' to download more Steps or delete any you no longer need on your device

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

jamiemclev ,

Fun for 4.5 year old reader

We’ve been having a blast with the Hooked on Phonics App as my 4.5 yr old is turning into a reader during quarantine and it’s so fun to watch. He doesn’t get much screen time in general and he has been able to navigate this App on his own. He liked the songs in the Pre-reader section and he’s getting more and more confident in reading independently as he has crossed into the Learn to Read section. He also loves certain games, especially the one with the bird eggs. His 2 yr old brother likes to watch over his shoulder as he plays and is singing songs and reciting the words to favorite ebooks too. We look forward to adding the workbook subscription to our App to give our son more hands on practice while we’re at home.

Developer Response ,

Hi there!
Thanks so much for sharing this lovely review. We're thrilled your little ones are becoming engaged readers with Hooked on Phonics. Keep it up and let us know if there's ever anything we can do to support your reading journey!

Soph and Grays mom ,

Great app to keep kids interested in learning!

I downloaded the app to help my daughter to learn her letters. She is in pre-school but now that schools have closed I was worried she would be behind for kindergarten. I am happy to say that she has learned more in the 2 weeks since I downloaded this than in the 9 weeks we have been doing distance learning! She loves the songs and the fun activities. Her brother who just turned 2 showed some interest so I set up his profile. He has learned how to sing the alphabet song and recognize quite a few letters! My only wish would be that I found this sooner because I’m confident that she would be reading by now! Thank you so much for making life a little easier during these difficult times😊

Developer Response ,

Dear Soph and Grays Mom,
We are thrilled to hear the new App has been a good fit for your family, especially during this challenging time in quarantine. It's amazing to us how quickly kids can move through the program and the excitement they feel about reading is almost magic. Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

Olchikik ,

Wonderful learning tool

I have been using it with my 3 year old daughter. She loves it. Every evening she would ask to play “Hooped on Phonics”. She is making big progress in reading and enjoying it more than any other reading activity.

We haven’t experienced any glitches. The app works very well for us. It’s worth the money! There was a time where it got too repetitive and boring, but after a couple of weeks she asked to play it again and things moved on.

Our favorite part is music! All songs are incredibly well done! Listening a song of the next lesson is the biggest reward for my daughter. Great quality material all together. I look forward to watching my daughter’s progress.

The five start review above was from two years ago. Now I re-subscribed for my younger child - what a disappointment!!! Please bring the good old hooked on phonics back. The animations are terrible. Why did you change everything? It was perfect before! I don’t want to give this app bad rating, because you have good content, just bring the old format and animations back! Please!


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Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  1. Unlock Step 2 $4.99
  2. Unlock Step 3 $4.99
  3. Unlock Step 4 $4.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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