Teen & Adult Phonics Library 12+

Decodable and engaging texts

Gregory McDonald

Designed for iPad

    • 4.3 • 74 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The Teen and Adult Phonics (TAP) Library offers a collection of sequential, decodable digital novels with edgy, engaging themes designed to appeal to teenagers and adults. Care has been taken to build a positive experience for older emergent readers, especially those with SpLD such as dyslexia, ASD or ADHD.

This app includes a SAMPLE of every novel in the collection, access to the teacher support materials and the narrated introduction. This short audio intro and the sample are perfect for gauging student interest in any given story.

Access to the FULL TEXT of each story is available as an IN-APP PURCHASE.

If in-app purchases are inconvenient for you, consider getting the TAP Library School Edition instead. The School Edition gives access to the entire collect at 25% off the price of buying the stories individually.


TAP novels support the teaching of systematic and cumulative phonics to older learners, especially those with learning difficulties like dyslexia. Minimal use of “weird words”—non or not yet decodable words—allows teens and adults to experience success in reading and grow into confident emergent readers.


Older learners with severe reading difficulties don’t want to be handed another levelled reader or ”baby book”. These apps combine high-quality, age-appropriate images with clean design. Support materials and level information are kept off the cover and out of the main text to give learners a “novel reading” experience to be proud of. Progress through the book is indicated and encouraged with feedback designed for older learners.


Attention to the needs of learners with dyslexia or other difficulties (ASD, ADHD) has gone into every feature of the app:

- Open Dyslexia as a font option
- distractions on pages with text are minimal (no movement or sound unless the user interacts with the app)
- easily accessible page numbers and colour coded chapters along the margins
- swipe or non-swipe page navigation allows a reader to touch the page to aid decoding without accidentally changing pages
- images and sound are optional
- optional white noise for masking classroom noise
- save learner preferences and location in each book in a user profile
- unlimited user profiles


The library currently contains four novels at TAP Level 2. Level 2 texts are written using fully decodable words of the following types: CVC, CCVC, CCVCC, CV (open syllable). Words can include the consonant digraphs sh, th, ch, wh, qu and ending sounds ck, ng, nk . A small number of single-syllable open-syllable words (eg. “she”) and a very small number of “weird words” (non or not yet decodable words) are used in each book. Users can set their preference for UK or US vocabulary and spelling (eg. ”mum” versus “mom”, ”bin” versus ”trash”). More information on the TAP phonics progression is available on our website, FocusOnTAP.com.


Victoria Leslie, a reading and dyslexia specialist based in Australia, designed the TAP series and is writing each of these high-interest novels. These texts are for use by specialist dyslexia/literacy teachers, schools and parents as well as teens and adults seeking to learn to read.

What’s New

Version 2.6

This update adds a level 2 story: "Long CO-VID". It also adds two level 3 stories: "Jump" and "Time".

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Awesome, Great Grandma ,

Great app for adults who struggle with reading!

A few weeks ago my young adult grandson, who has cognitive impairments, came to live with us. Reading has always been a struggle for him, but he wants to improve. We discovered that he reads on a kindergarten level and has low compression. We wanted to help him but didn’t want to humiliate him with childish apps or children’s books. We found this app and it has been amazing! Even though he struggles with even a phonics level 2, the words are not beyond his ability to sound the out. The stories are mature and meaningful to him. My only concern is that there are only five novels and we will be through them in about 6 weeks. I’m not sure what we will do then as this has been highly effective for him. I am just hoping for more titles by then.

Developer Response ,

Thank-you for taking the time to share this with us. You **are** an Awesome Great Grandma to have found TAP for your grandson and we're so glad you did. New titles are indeed in the works. With your encouragement, hopefully they'll be ready even sooner. Best regards to you and your grandson! Greg and Victoria

Working mom of two under 10 ,

Long overdue

What a great app for teachers & parents of older struggling readers. I can carry every decidable title on my iPad and add another whenever a new skill set comes up in my instructional rotation.

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