Usborne Very First Reading has been developed to offer the best possible support for teaching children to read, both in schools and at home. The series is based on the principles of synthetic phonics but also provides effective support for non-phonics-based programs.
Very First Reading offers:
From Book 13 - The monster diner
The books would teach and reinforce lots of skills. Teachers' Choice Award comment
The Very First Reading was developed with the help of literacy experts Alison Kelly and Anne Washtell at Roehampton University in London, and is based on substantial phonics research and a UK Government-backed program, Letters and Sounds .
Letters and Sounds consists of six phases and is designed to be used from pre-kindergarten through second grade. The six phases become progressively more difficult as they target pre-reading and other reading skills.
From Book 4 - Dog diary
The framework ensures:
Download our overview of the framework (PDF) which includes the material covered in each book.
A great teaching tool for beginning readers. Teachers' Choice Award comment
Literacy experts Alison Kelly and Anne Washtell have been involved throughout the Very First Reading development process, from designing the framework through checking the text of each of the 15 titles. US expert Kathy Daily advised on adapting content for the American market.
Alison worked for many years as an elementary school teacher in London, and is currently Principal Lecturer in English Education at Roehampton University.
She is the co-author and editor of bestselling textbooks on reading and writing in the elementary classroom. She is also the expert adviser on Usborne’s First Reading and Young Reading series, which have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Anne has also worked as an elementary school teacher and a teaching advisor at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education in London, and contributed to numerous textbooks and resource books for teachers.
She is currently Senior Lecturer in English Education at Roehampton University, with a special interest in teaching phonics.
Kathy is an Associate Professor of Developmental Studies and Reading at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has worked with a variety of populations, ranging from preschool children to adults. Throughout her teaching career, Kathy has focused on increasing literacy skills in both the school-aged population and college level population.
Kathy edits numerous college level textbooks for such companies as Pearson Publishing and McGraw-Hill. Currently, she holds a position on the Board of Trustees for the DREAM Institute, a non-profit organization working to provide college-bound students with disabilities the resources necessary to succeed in a college setting.
Very First Reading prepares children for the stories in Usborne First Reading (Level One), which is part of the bestselling Usborne Reading Program.
From Book 14 - Knight fight
There are seven levels in the Usborne Reading Program, offering a wide variety of titles and topics for developing readers - fairy tales and folk tales, original fiction and classics, natural history, history and biography.
Teach your Monster to Read is a free game which provides a series of fun challenges to help children improve their accuracy in recognising phonemes and graphemes. It follows the teaching sequence of Letters and Sounds, and is also compatible with other leading phonics programmes. The game was produced and funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up by Peter Usborne, founder of Usborne Publishing. It has been developed in consultation with reading experts at the University of Roehampton and created by leading UK games designers. Visit the Teach your Monster to Read website to find out more.
Teach your Monster to Read