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Usborne English Readers are ideal for use both in the classroom and for independent reading.

Teachers' resources

Download free classroom resources for use with the books, including fill-in activity pages and review cards. Just go to the 'Resources for this book' tab on the online book page for each title.

  • The series was developed in consultation with acclaimed ELT expert Peter Viney.
  • Extensive reading – reading a range of longer texts in English – has proven benefits for students, significantly improving not only their reading skills but also writing, listening and speaking.
  • Students can build their reading stamina and expand their vocabulary, but also develop vital skills such as understanding from context.
  • Choosing and finishing readers independently is highly motivating for students. Moreover, students who come to enjoy reading in English will often go on to read more widely in their own language.

Find out about the reader levels.

Illustration from The Jungle Book by Shahar Kober
Illustration by Shahar Kober from The Jungle Book

Peter Viney talks about Usborne English Readers and how they can be used with students in these videos:

Reader levels

Starter Level: Beginner+ (CEFR low A1)

  • 300 headwords
  • Typically 400–600 words
  • Stories include popular short fairy tales, folk tales and fables (The Princess and the Pea, The Golden Fish, The Sun and the Wind)

Level 1: Elementary (CEFR A1)

  • 500 headwords
  • Typically 800–1,200 words
  • Stories include well-loved fairy tales and folk tales (Cinderella, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gingerbread Man)

Download the grammar structures students can be expected to know at Level 1.

Level 2: Pre-intermediate (CEFR A2)

  • 800 headwords
  • Typically 1,400–2,400 words
  • Stories include longer fairy tales, children’s classics, myths and legends (Pinocchio, The Snow Queen, The Wooden Horse)

Download the grammar structures students can be expected to know at Level 2.

Level 3: Intermediate (CEFR B1)

  • 1,200 headwords
  • Typically 3,000–3,600 words
  • Stories include English language classics for all ages (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oliver Twist, The Wizard of Oz)

Download the grammar structures students can be expected to know at Level 3.

Where can I buy Usborne English Readers?

Find out where to buy Usborne English Readers for your school on the How to buy page.

Find your level

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