Spy Sam Reading Book 1 4+

Big adventure in little words

Matthew Cordingly

Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings
    • Free



Part 1 of an adventure story created for early readers with dyslexia or anyone who struggles with their reading. The book is written with simple vocabulary, a limited numbers of words per page and a blue background making it easier for readers with dyslexia.

"These books are a must-download now for anyone in education or with kids who need a little more support with reading." - Smart Apps For Kids

“This is a great adventure book that includes over 80 pages and simple vocabulary for children.” - appPicker

Recommended by Dyslexia Help - http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu

* Books 1 & 2 have >90 pages each, book 3 has >150 pages!
* Over 200,000 downloads of Spy Sam Reading Books!

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- Over 90 pages
- Simple vocabulary, using many of the first 100 words taught in many primary schools (KS1).
- No more than 8 words per page.
- Interactivity around the words, rather than the pictures, to concentrate the child's focus on reading.
- Interactive elements help with sounding out digraphs and split digraphs (eg 'oo' in 'look' and the 'e' in 'bike')
- Buttons and numbers to press to promote understanding.
- Blue background to improve readability for children with dyslexia.
- No swipe to turn page, to reduce accidental page turning and enable flip-book style changes to images on page.
- Simple colourful drawings.
- No page numbers - so the child is not put off by how many pages there is left to read.
- Please note, this app does not read out the words for the child. It has been designed to be read and enjoyed with an adult.
- Exciting storyline with multiple cliffhangers to motivate the child to continue reading.
- No in-app purchases

What’s New

Version 4.0

Spy Sam Reading Book 1 has been completely rebuilt in Godot, the open source game engine, which has allowed the pages to be brought to life with little animations.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Patrick's mom 6.5 ,

I never leave reviews!!

I never leave reviews because I simply don't make time for it. But I absolutely had to leave one for spy sams! My struggling first grade reader has a ton of level one books. It's a fight getting him to read. These books are the only thing he loves reading and we fight to turn off the iPad and stop reading spy sam now. My biggest problem with these books is that I need more! Please come out with new ones.. just a perfect beginning reader book that is simple enough yet so fun for the kids to read. My son laughs and is so into the story lines. Bravo.. great job! Please keep them coming!!!

MamaJohn ,


Bravo to Mathew Cordingly for creating these wonderful books! I’m trying to help an 80-year old man learn to read and it’s delightful for both of us to have found Spy Sam. The vocabulary in these readers is simple and builds upon itself, the visual clues are helpful, the engagement involved in turning a page by reading a word then tapping the appropriate drawing is very satisfying, and the suspense built into the story is an immense motivator.

And all for free? What an immense public service!

Alien Tobot ,

So great!

What a huge help for my dyslexic son. He felt like this was the first bigger book that he ever read on his own, and it was so perfect for him. What an encouragement to us right when we needed it! He is So excited. Thanks for taking the time to develop these books.

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