The Usborne Very First Reading Program

Give the Gift of Reading

Give the Gift of Reading
Book pack

Usborne Very First Reading takes beginner 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.

Very First Reading boxed setScroll down for more information about the books.

  • Full set of 15 titles with parent’s guide in a slipcase £24.99 (usual price £74.85)
  • Start to read pack: 8 paperback books, a write-in workbook and parent’s guide £19.99 (usual price £32)

Just starting out, books 1 – 7

Phonics Workbooks

Phonics Workbooks with write-in activities to help your child recognize simple letter-sounds and write letters.



The first steps are easy to achieve. Success makes the child want to read more.
Hollytree pre-school, North Baddesley

In the first part of the series, adult and child take turns to read, with the child's share becoming bigger and more challenging in each book. These books cover material that is normally taught during a child's first year at school.

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 to build a child's confidence and fluency.

Buy books 1 – 7 from our online catalogue

There are two titles available for each stage.

Growing in confidence, books 8 – 15

Knight falling off his horse

From Book 14 - Knight fight

The books encourage children to enjoy books and reading, which in turn aids the learning process.
Trosnant Infant School, Croydon

From Book 8, the child reads the whole story with the adult providing help and support if needed. These books explore material that is often taught during a child's second or even third year at school.

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

From Book 8 - Moon zoom

Buy books 8 – 15 from our online catalogue

Doing a handstand

Get ready for school with
Very First Reading abc and One, two, three

Give your child the gift of reading

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

The fifteen books cover material normally taught during a child's first two or three years at school and will help give your child a great start.

Buy all 15 books in a boxed set (special offer £24.99)

Find out how to buy the boxed set in our online catalogue.

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