The Usborne Very First Reading Program

Give the Gift of Reading

Give the Gift of Reading

Very First Reading boxed setUsborne Very First Reading takes beginning readers from learning their first letters to reading imaginative stories on their own with minimal support and guidance from an adult. Each book in the series builds on material in the previous books.

The fifteen books are available in a box set with a slipcase, accompanied by a parents' guide.

Find out how to buy the box set.

Just starting out, books 1 – 7

Doing a handstand

From Book 2 - The Dressing-up Box

I believe the strongest feature is that the first 7 books have you partner a child and adult up to read them together.
Teachers' Choice Award comment

In the first seven books, adult and child take turns reading, with the child's share becoming more substantial and more challenging in each book.

Sample spread from Book 4 of the Usborne Very First Reading Series - Dog Diary

From Book 4 - Dog Diary

Give your child time to progress from one book to the next. Re-reading helps build a child's confidence and fluency.

Books 1 – 7

Pirate Pat
1: Pirate Pat
The dressing-up box
2: The Dressing-up Box
A bus for Miss Moss
3: A Bus for Miss Moss
Dog diary
4: Dog Diary
Grizzly Bear Rock
5: Grizzly Bear Rock
The Queen makes a scene
6: The Queen Makes a Scene
Stop that cow!
7: Stop that Cow!

Growing in confidence, books 8 – 15

Knight falling off his horse

From Book 14 - Knight Fight

The adult can easily help a child along in a positive way, helping to build confidence and a willingness to want to read new words.
Teachers' Choice Award comment

Starting with Book 8, the child reads the whole story with the adult providing help and support if needed.

Sample spread from Book 8 of the Usborne Very First Reading Series - Moon Zoom

From Book 8 - Moon Zoom

Books 8 – 15

Moon Zoom
8: Moon Zoom
Run, Rabbit Run
9: Run, Rabbit, Run!
Late Night at the Zoo
10: Late Night at the Zoo
Wild School
11: Wild School
The Circus under the sea
12: The Circus Under the Sea
The Monster Diner
13: The Monster Diner
Knight Fight
14: Knight Fight
Mr. Mystery
15: Mr. Mystery

Give your child the gift of reading

Very First Reading boxed setAll fifteen Usborne Very First Reading titles are available as a box set in an attractive slipcase, along with a free parents' guide to synthetic phonics and helping a child learn to read.

The fifteen books support the early years of learning to read and will help give your child a great start.

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Find out how to buy the box set of fifteen Usborne Very First Reading titles.

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