Spark Reading for Kids 4+

Inspire Learning

Peekaboo Studios LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 5.4K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Spark Reading improves the reading skills of students ages 6 to 16, designed by award winning experts and teachers to build up your child’s reading ability and grade level.

"Kids Apps We Love" - Apple App Store

Featuring hundreds of topics and thousands of questions, your kids will be hooked reading one story after the next as they improve their critical thinking skills and reading comprehension.

Spark Reading is designed to highlight the best stories for your child’s reading level and interests, empowering them to pick the perfect story to stay engaged with their learning.

Your child can take this digital library with them anywhere. Every academic subject is covered, and every story was written specifically for this app.

We are always adding new stories to help your child grow as a reader, so please write to us if there are any topics you’d like to see us add to the app!

Studies show that just 10 minutes of reading a day makes a world of difference for students. Completing comprehension questions has been linked to higher scores in reading proficiency.

"A book is a door. You open it. You step through." - Jeanette Winterson

"Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere." - Mary Schmich

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." - Margaret Fuller

- Uses widely adopted standards for 2nd grade through 8th grade, including Lexile levels
- Expertly curated by teachers and educators, with content across all topics and grade levels
- Award-winning designers and writers
- Age-appropriate books that children love to read
- A vast collection of fiction and nonfiction titles
- Learner-centered STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- Stories on every academic subject
- Aligns with school curriculum, works great for homeschooling
- Recommendations to match your student’s reading level and promote accelerated reading
- As students track their progress through each category, they will build a passion for reading
- Easy to monitor the progress of multiple student profiles, track their scores, how much time they are spending reading, and their favorite topics
- Safe and kid-friendly environment to explore and learn!

The app allows the reader to reread and retake the tests without punishment. Teachers and caretakers can review time spent reading and other personalized data.

No information is collected from the device, it is fully secure and COPPA compliant.

"This app helped me in my reading. Now I have an A+. I am very happy I tried this app."

• No Wi-Fi needed - study anywhere and learn at your own pace
• Audio for each story to be read out loud
• Highlighting of the words to read along (with audio)
• Each passage and question set takes approximately 5-8 minutes to complete (stories for older grade levels 7-10 minutes)

Teachers: stories and question sets from this app can be assigned as activities in Apple's Schoolwork app

User feedback:
"I like how it highlights where the answer was in the passage when you pick your answer." - Kami Butterfield, teacher

"The selections are age appropriate and the responses to the questions are not too easy - some thought needs to go into it." - Mary Skummer, teacher

"The feature showing where the answer is located in the passage is a spot on tool since I ask my students to be able to provide this in their oral and written responses." - Harold Nelson, teacher

"Great for reading practice - I would highly recommend it."

"These apps are awesome! Our boys absolutely love these. We have done 3rd, 4th & 5th grade comprehension. They love the fun aspect of getting the questions right, and think of these more as games than the learning apps they are."

Current categories include science, sports, history, inventions, food and nutrition, geography, animals, mythology, biographies, and more.

We love to hear from you!
Please send any feedback or questions to

*With practice you can achieve your best score!*

What’s New

Version 5.2.2

- New stories added to the Spark Reading library!
- Listen to the music and poetry of artists such as Mozart, Maya Angelou, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, and more!
- Use an Apple Pencil to enable handwritten answers
- Browse stories by category or look through recommendations
- Track progress and check student reading time
- Listen to audio of each story and follow along
- Type answers on your keyboard on a Silicon Mac

Let us know if you have suggestions for other stories we should write. We'd love to add stories to fit your family's interests!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

good but bad report ,

Cool I guess

This app is good but I wish u dont have to pay for it I’ve Ben doing this for a week or so and it has Ben great but I don’t want to pay for it at all and I love this app and every time I use it I fill smarted but if u could at least lower down the prices or take it off that would be great I’m going into 5th grade and I have trouble with reading and this is the only good reading app 5th grade is a hard grade and I only have 4 weeks into I do better in reading so can u at least just take it off I would hate to pay for this so yea pls respond and change the problem

Developer Response ,

Thanks for writing to us and for trying our apps. We are glad this is helping you, and you can try our other apps for math and vocabulary too. We can’t make everything for free but we doubled the amount of free stories in the app and there is also one new free story each week!

109PA ,

Great App

I give the app a 4.5 because I was looking for an app that my kids would use to read instead of the old traditional way. An app with things they are interested in. I came across this app and both my kids loved when they saw books/stories about basketball or baseball (their favorite sports) they even like that it gave a quiz at the end. Which I thought was brilliant because you can tell kids to read and read but do they really understand it? How do you know they really read the book/story? With the quiz at the end it’s a little reassurance that yes, they did read the book/story and they understood it.. I had only one issue at the beginning which was that even tho I downloaded and paid for subscription on my iPad, there was no way to “log in” to the same account I had made on my iPad so they could use on their iPads. So I emailed the company and within 2 hours I had an answer back helping me. * Kudos for great customer service!!*

** just a suggestion, you should create a way for parents to make an account and adding the kids, so then the kids can log in without having to pay the subscription again**

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your great review. We are glad we were able to help you. We are working on new stories and other updates so write to us if you ever have more suggestions!

Kool laid jammerYT ,

Not the best learning app

This is not the best learning app. I have read so many stories in my lifetime, but have never experienced so much overage stories. For example, if you are twenty, you would want to read something for your age level so that you could understand it. But if your in this app, you can’t do that for even kids! Kids should be able to have a FREE environment that lays out all of the books they will understand and something that’s on their grade level or age range. This app again doesn’t provide that! I have read a story about Abraham Lincoln on this app. I know it’s obviously something I can understand, but do you really expect a 8/9 yr old child to be able to look at every detail and answer pointless hard questions about it? NO! That should be in the fourth grade range! That’s what I’m talking about. Now, this is MY opinion. Don’t take this personal. I do love this app but please, UPGRADE DA DANG THANG! Please!! Let children have the right to understand stories in grade level and age range! We are all people! Come on, that’s just JANK!!!!!

Developer Response ,

We love that you are looking for the best reading materials for the grade level that you need. Thanks for your well-written review. We have lots of good reviews from people who say this app has really helped them with their reading, but we always want to keep improving and we love to hear suggestions. The stories are written for the specific grade level. Because the Abraham Lincoln story is at the third grade level, it is written simply and with shorter sentences for that grade level, like "When he was a child, his family moved to Indiana." and "He ran for President in 1860 and won." There is a lot more which can be said about Lincoln but this is just a general overview of his life for that reading level. If you ever have other questions or suggestions for us please write to us here or from within the app, we love to hear from you.


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