Help your kids become reading experts!
Are your kiddos at different reading levels? Are you looking for books that will match their diverse needs? Usborne Books & More’s new level books make it easy to determine which of the many wonderful books are best suited for your kids.
This guide will explain how to get the most of Usborne readers no matter the level. And it also provides strategies for using our readers to teach reading and other subjects in your classroom or at home. Our readers will help your kids learn and grow as readers — whether they are starting out as shining stars, rising stars, superstars, or mega stars.
Level Books, Phonics Readers, and Very First Reading: Browse by level to find great books that are just right for your emerging reader.
The story begins with My Very First books! Introduce children to reading with the My Very First reading level. Books at this level feature fun engaging stories, with simple vocabulary, The series written by Russell Punter was born in Bedfordshire, England. From an early age he enjoyed writing and illustrating his own stories.
He later trained as a graphic designer at art college in West Sussex before entering publishing. Since then, he has written over fifty books for children, including original fiction in both picture book and young reader formats.
Some of his most popular books are The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar, Very First Reading seriesand My Very First Reading Library. He has also adapted many classics, ranging from Greek myths to novels such as Graphic Novel Collection and Kitty Kat Kitty Kat where have you been?.
He has a keen interest in the golden age of Victorian and Edwardian adventure stories, as well as the more modern world of science-fiction. His most recent project is a range of graphic novels for young readers. Interview with Russell Punter.
Pre-level readers: DUAL READERS — My Very First Reading series Farmyard Tales
The first step to helping children become great readers is reading aloud to them. This series is just right for readers who are beginning to sound out words and sentences.
Basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with your emergent reader. Books in this series, start out with the parent or the teacher reading aloud alongside the child. They are short compelling stories, and are written to help the child develop phonic awareness as well as comprehension. Repeated phrases allow young readers to read some words along with their parents. Each book helps develop the child’s phonetic awareness of words and children can progress along and develop skill in reading. Active, engaging stories that appeal to children will help your kids fall in love with reading.
Read with Usborne Level Books has been developed with the help of reading experts to support and motivate children in the early stages of reading. Clear, carefully leveled text and appealing illustrations help children progress and grow in confidence.
Level 1: For new readers
Bears: Did you know that there are only eight different kinds of bears in the world? Find out where they live, what they eat and how baby bears spend their very first day in the outside world.
Elephants: Watch as a baby elephant takes her first wobbly steps, and follow her on a journey across the great plains of Africa. Elephants are the largest animals living on land – find out all about them in this book.
Level 3: For the confident reader
Max is learning to be a sorcerer and can’t wait to try out some magic on his own. Left alone in the castle one day, he grabs his chance. And Max’s spell works very well – until he finds he can’t stop it. He is in big trouble now…
Level 4: A step to chapter books
When Mary Lennox arrives in her uncle’s gloomy house on the moors, she feels forlorn and lonely. But the house is filled with exciting secrets and behind an old ivy-covered wall is a garden, waiting to be discovered…
Our phonics readers are lively stories with irresistible illustrations. The books are a delight to share with very young children as well as children who are beginning to read and working on phonics. The simple rhyming text helps develop essential language and early reading skills, and there are guidance notes for parents (or teachers) at the back of the book.
In the back of the book, you will learn about phonics. Phonics is a method of teaching reading with an emphasis on identifying the sounds letters or combinations of letters, that are known as phonemes.
Learning to read is an important milestone for all children.
Beginning Chapter Books
Did you know that Sally Rippin, author of the Billie B. Brown & Hey Jack! books wrote them because her son struggled with reading. Each book is written so that no words cross over onto another page, there are no hyphenated words, and some words appear bigger than others. These books were written with a very specific purpose in mind. One is for a child to pick up the book, look at the page and say “That doesn’t look so hard, I can read that” The other is to give kids 6-8 a fun, engaging story that they can relate to and learn from.
You can buy the books individually or buy the collection! Some titles in the collection include: The Crazy Cousins, The Scary Solo, The Winning Goal, The Robot Blues, The New Friend, The Worry Monsters, The Bumpy Ride, The Circus Lesson, The Worst Sleepover, The Top Team, The Playground Problem, The Best Party Ever, The Big Adventure, The Bravest Kid, and The Toy Sale.
Billie B. Brown
Some titles in the collection include: The Bad Butterfly, The Soccer Star, The Midnight Feast, The Second-best Friend, The Extra-special Helper, The Beautiful Haircut, The Birthday Mix-up, The Spotty Vacation, The Big Sister, The Secret Message, The Little Lie, The Best Project, The Copycat Kid, The Deep End, and The Night Fright.
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