Hooked on Phonics is Highly Effective and Incredibly Fun. Nurture your child's reading and confidence with the right blend of interactive learn-to-read tools. This award-winning app is based on research, approved by the Children’s Reading Foundation, and designed in conjunction with leading educators, renowned authors, and most importantly, parents.

• Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade readers (ages 3-7).
• Correlates to federal and state reading proficiency standards through 1st 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 Big Reading Show may be a good place to start. The Big Reading Show 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. Part variety show, part interactive game, The Big Reading Show features 13 episodes, each one an exploration of letters, words, text concepts, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary.

Over 5 million children have learned to read using the Hooked on Phonics program. Start your child on the path to becoming a confident lifelong reader and learner. Download Hooked on Phonics today.

• “[My kids] are excited and reciting stuff that they learned from Hooked on Phonics.” Joe – Atlanta, Georgia
• “Hooked on Phonics does it for you… it’s not hard. So as a parent, it’s doable.” – Alexa & Joe, parents and Hooked on Phonics customers
• “On the first day of school I got this good book, and I just finished it. And I’m loving reading.” Michael – Struggling Reader
• “I started getting honor roll in class.” Michelle – Reader 5 levels behind

Hooked on Phonics is FREE TO TRY. Step 1 of Learn to Read (includes 3 lessons), and the first episode of The Big Reading Show (Explorer Day), 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

What's New

Version 5.0.13

Technical updates to increase performance, game load times, and responsiveness.

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5

56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Benefit outweighed problems


This app has a lot a problems, and a few glitches and outright errors here and there, but we used it for the better part of a year with our son and, well, it worked very well. He’s 5 years old and reads somewhere between a 2nd and 3rd grade level.

The app is very expensive but there is an awful lot of material that it offers. It’s very simple and repetitive but, if anything, that’s probably a large part of why its so useful. The animations are very nice as well....and I have to admit the songs about letters between lessons were catchy.

If you homeschool or are supplementing for your kindergarten / pre-school age children then I recommend this very flawed, yet effective piece of software.

Developer Response

Thank you very much for your honest feedback!

Great content - minor issues


I previously wrote a review about my issues with purchasing a hooked on phonics subscription via iTunes and not being able to register or use my subscription. The hooked on phonics technical support team was very helpful - they were able to sort out the problems, reset my password, and now everything seems to be working just fine.

The app still seems to have minor glitches (mostly stemming from the fact that it appears to be a web app in a wrapper), but the content is very good. I recommend it for anyone helping teach their children how to read.

Developer Response

Hi there, thank you for your update! We are happy to hear that our team was able to help you access your account and that you and your family are enjoying our videos and interactive activities! Best of luck with the program :-)

Fantastic app. Educational and fun all in one


I have enjoyed this app for my children and it works great. I would recommend just buying the lifetime subscription, rather than pay the monthly fee. The lifetime subscription is very reasonable priced. This is my favorite learn to read app. I haven’t found another that is as useful. Yes, ABC Mouse is fun, but has no real teeth or learning to it, mostly just fluff in my experience.

Developer Response

Thanks so much for your feedback! We are delighted to know that your kids are having fun learning to read with our program! :-)


324.2 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Sandviks, HOP
In-App Purchases
  1. Hooked on Phonics $6.99
  2. Can Man eBook $0.99
  3. Zap eBook $0.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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