ICDL – Free Books for Children


ICDL – Free books for Children is a free app published by the International Children’s Digital Library that makes the ICDL collection of thousands of free e-books easily accessible through the ipad.  The catalogue interface is searchable via a number of different indicators including languages, length, age level, genre and the ICDL curated collections.  ICDL specializes in language variety, so users will find books in dozens of different languages available for reading. A simple reading interface and summaries of every book in English make it easier to search the library’s vast offering of e-books. Most of the books are in the public domain, so be aware that they may be older editions and that the language, text, and themes in the books may reflect that.  ICDL’s suitability is widely varied and depends on the book and the audience.

ICDL – Free Books for Children is suitable for EC, Lower Primary, Upper Primary, and Secondary.


Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe

Phonics Tic Tac Toe

Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe is a fun way to practice basic English language phonics and letter blends in the game interface of Tic-Tac-Toe. In this free app, users select a team, ‘x’ or ‘o’ and earn a square on the board by answering a phonics related question. If a user chooses an incorrect answer, the square is not filled in and play resumes with the other team. Strategically answering questions correctly to get three team shapes in a row wins the game. This game is simple and effective practice, but it benefits from having two players, one of whom can confidently read the questions as there is no sound narration in this app.

Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe is suitable for Lower Primary and Upper Primary, as well as EAL learners.