Usborne English Readers

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Usborne English Readers are English language readers for young learners. They can be read either in class or independently in students’ own time.

They are available at four levels: Starter (CEFR low A1), Elementary (CEFR A1), Pre-intermediate (CEFR A2) and Intermediate (CEFR B1). Titles include fairy tales, myths and legends and English language classics for all ages.

The Elves and the Shoemaker is the winner of the Extensive Reading Foundation’s Language Learner Literature Award for 2020 in the Young Learners category, and The Golden Fish is a finalist in the Very Young Learners category. The Emperor’s New Clothes was a finalist in 2017.

English Readers winners

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  • The books are easy to read, in natural-sounding English. They are beautifully illustrated in full colour by artists from around the world.
  • They include free online audio readings by native speakers in both British English and American English.
  • There are fun activities and useful word lists after the story in each book.
  • They are fully compatible with coursebooks and other series of readers at recognised ELT and CEFR levels.
  • They have been developed in consultation with acclaimed ELT expert Peter Viney.

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About Usborne Publishing

Usborne Publishing is the largest independent UK children’s publisher, with over 40 years' experience of writing and producing beautiful books for children.

Over the years we have won numerous awards including the UK Private Business of the Year 2015, IPG Publisher of the Year and Children's Publisher of the Year 2014.

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