For TEACHERS, this app puts all of the Secrets at your fingertips for quick & easy reference/use in online lessons—it will even tell the stories for you! It is not intended for screen-sharing/mirroring to other devices, due to built-in IP technology. For PARENTS & KIDS. it's the perfect way to "learn & play" with the Secrets to support reading & writing at home!

This app doesn't just “practice” phonics skills, it TEACHES them with trademarked, brain-based stories that explain the sounds letters make when they get together and pictures to help kids remember for reading & writing. Perfect for beginning and struggling readers of any age, Secret Stories® provides logical explanations for letter sound behavior that learners' brains crave!

Secret Stories Better Alphabet™ Song is the fastest and easiest way to learn individual letters & sounds—using muscle memory to fast-track mastery in as little as 2 weeks! At the same time, kids are also learning the ‘grown-up’ reading & writing "Secrets," which help them make sense of the sounds letters make when they get together in words.

For example, did you know that AU/AW are in love, and they get so embarrassed when they stand together, they always say, “Awww” (ex. saw, August); or that T&H don’t get along, and always stick their tongues out at each other and say, “Thhh!” (ex. the, this); or that ER/IR/UR are terrible, awful, horrible drivers that always slam on the brakes, “Errr!” (ex. her, bird, turn)? There are even sneaky letters, like Y, who stole the sounds of /E/ & /I/, but won’t use them unless he’s at the END of a word and thinks that no one will see him! (ex. yes, by, mommy)

NO MORE telling kids, “It just is...It just does...You just have to remember!” when trying to explain all the crazy sounds that letters make. Now you can just tell them the Secrets!


Fast-Track the ABCs!
• Better Alphabet™ Song for fast mastery of individual letters & sounds
• Highlighted letter-tracking to reinforce sound-symbol connections
• Targeted practice & random play

Fast-Track Phonics Skills!
• Secret Stories® Sound Pictures to reference for reading & writing
• Play the “secret” stories that explain each phonics sound
• Play the sound/s that correspond with each Secret Story phonics pattern
• Targeted practice & random play for reinforcement of sounds (for reading) & phonics patterns (for writing/spelling)

“One week in and I’ve already seen a difference in my son! He’s sounding out word after word. A month ago, he crawled under his bed crying and calling himself stupid, and today, he is looking for words to sound out!"

“No matter how long we worked, the letters & sounds weren’t sticking. Then we found the Better Alphabet and in 2 weeks, he knew them ALL!”

“My son is THRIVING! He’s not the same reader he was 5 months ago. We’re even reconsidering his dyslexic label, as his improvement has been so drastic. He used to avoid reading at all costs and now he loves finding Secrets in words and trying to decode them. He’s finally fallen in love with reading!"

“There’s nothing else like it! The phonics stories take no effort for kids to remember. They just see it and get it! If they can’t read or spell a word, all they have to do is look at the Secrets to find the sound or spelling pattern. I can’t say enough about the difference they’ve made!”

“I added the Better Alphabet to my routine and am amazed what my kids picked up in the past 2 weeks! They’ve learned more letters & sounds this month than all of last year!”

“The Secrets are my ‘secret weapon‘ for teaching tricky phonics skills! We use them for everything, from sounding out new words in reading lessons, to spelling words in writing lessons. The best part is, they work with anything!”

"Secret Stories is my most prized resource. It helps kids instantly identify phonics sounds in words. I recommend it to all my parents because I know the difference it makes!"

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

Music update & bug fixes, including IP protection technology not allowing for screen-sharing/mirroring to other devices (due to copywritten / trademarked graphics).
Additional Better Alphabet® Graphics by Secret Stories® & Melonheadz

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Crystal Tamura ,

10/10 Would Recommend

Yes! Yes! This app is amazing, as are the Secrets!! I’ve been looking for something very simple to use to teach my school kiddos how to read.l, and read FAST. I loop with my kiddos year after year, and I’ve got kiddos who have been struggling for two full school years. DAY ONE of using Secrets, one of my strugglers told me he never knew “g” could make TWO sounds! He is begging for more Secrets.

Because you can’t screen share or mirror to devices while teaching (it is intentionally designed this way), the app will read the stories for you, so you don’t have to flip through a bunch of flash cards or posters on your desk. If I could ask for one future update, it would be to have the option for the teacher to maybe touch the digital flash card and have it spin around / have the story in print on the back, so we could read it in our own voices.

That suggestion in no way detracts from my 10/10 though 😀 If you are a parent, guardian, teacher, support staff, anyone working with a child learning to read ... you cannot go wrong with this app & program.

Lizgfl99 ,

Best reading app ever

I use the secret stories at home with my struggling autistic son who also has dyslexia. We have been working on phonics for years with slow progress using OG reading programs while in public school as part of his IEP. And while I respect and understand the reasoning for a systematic approach it just wasn’t getting through to long term memory in a usable way for him. Generalization outside the OG printed materials and remembering the sound long enough to blend and smooth out the sounds into a word was a challenge.

After 2 weeks of using secret stories (yes you need the book too it’s worth every penny) he is easily able to access the stories when recognizing the letters. It’s like the information gets stored in a totally different more efficient part of his brain. We haven’t moved through the blends or implemented the songs yet but after the results in such a short time paired with the new WILLINGNESS to practice reading I’m a firm believer in the secret!!!

Bonus I have a 4 year old typically developing child that was not working on phonics yet and just by participating in the fun he started sounding words out on his own 😱

My advice buy all the things Katie Garner makes it’s soooo worth it!

First Grade/K Virtual Teacher ,

Game Changer!

This app has been a game changer and life saver! I love that I can play the secret stories with the tap of a button! I started off my holding the book in my lap and worrying if I was saying things just right. This app totally helped me remember them faster myself!! I am teaching virtually now and I love to play the Secret Stories when my kids point them out in a text we are reading under my hover cam. I can also think of a million ways I can use this app when we return to school! Bathroom breaks, brain breaks, in reading, math, waiting for the hearing screeners to be done... you get my point! This will be a game changer for the precious minutes that are sometimes wasted in our school day! 10/10 recommend!

App Privacy

The developer, Marenem Inc., has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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