The Usborne Very First Reading Program

Give the Gift of Reading

Give the Gift of Reading

If you want a great set of reading books for little'uns who have just started learning to read, look no further. This is inspired.
The Independent

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

  • 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 UK website for Usborne Very First Reading. For the US website, please visit

A reading rabbit

From Book 11 - Wild school

The reaction from the children was extremely positive. They found the books interesting and engaging. They particularly enjoyed the puzzles.
St. Albans RC Primary School, Derby

Sample spread from Book 1: Pirate Pat

Sample spread from Book 1 of the Usborne Very First Reading Series - Pirate Pat
Dog chasing a butterfly

From Book 4 - Dog diary

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Usborne Very First Reading is based on the principles of synthetic phonics, and has been carefully developed to tie in with Letters and Sounds, the UK Government programme used in thousands of primary schools.

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

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