The Usborne Very First Reading Program

Give the Gift of Reading

Give the Gift of Reading

Usborne Very First Reading is an fantastic series of fifteen books for children who are just starting to learn to read. It offers:

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  • the appeal of imaginative rhyming stories and irresistible illustrations
  • the support of a well-researched framework
  • the enjoyment of shared reading with an adult

This is the US website for Usborne Very First Reading. For the British English website, please visit

Sample spread from Book 1: Pirate Pat

A reading rabbit

From Book 11 - Wild School

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Sample spread from Book 1 of the Usborne Very First Reading Series - Pirate Pat

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Dog chasing a butterfly

From Book 4 - Dog Diary

Usborne Very First Reading is based on the principles of synthetic phonics, which is one of several phonics-based approaches teachers commonly use when teaching children to read.

Reading is both the key to success at school and the source of a lifetime’s pleasure. Usborne Very First Reading helps children develop the skills and motivation they need to read with confidence and enjoyment.

This is the website for the US editions of Usborne Very First Reading books.
For British editions, go to

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