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The BeginningReads program supports teachers, parents, and tutors in bringing children into reading. Before children learn about written language, they have developed a substantial oral language word bank. The goal of BeginningReads is to connect student’s oral language knowledge with written language. The texts do this by placing a premium on words that are both highly concrete and phonetically regular—words such dog, cat, pet, and big. Each level has 12 4-page books that share a set of concepts, which allows young readers to see the same words in many different texts. Each book is provided as a double-sided PDF ready for printing.

Additional resources offered in the complete zip download include:

  • Toolkit for Tutor, a tutoring guide for BeginningReads texts,
  • word cards for vocabulary instruction,
  • text-only texts of BeginningReads to facilitate close reading and further vocabulary instruction,
  • Reader’s Theater to extend the learning by providing another opportunity to utilize skills and vocabulary words learned in the BeginningReads program.

BeginningReads is also available as iBook on iTunes!

  Set 1Set 2Set 3
BeginningReads Level 1
  • Buns and Jam
  • A Lot of Food
  • Breakfast
  • Which Is It?

Level 1 Set 1 ZIP Download (11.3MB)

  • Milk and Buns
  • Eggs and Milk
  • On My Face!
  • Which Is It?

Level 1 Set 2 ZIP Download (10.1MB)

  • Eat It Up
  • Mix It Up
  • Cut It Up
  • Which Is It?

Level 1 Set 3 ZIP Download (11.5MB)

Level 1 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (33.0MB)

BeginningReads Level 2
  • Big and Little
  • One, Two, Three
  • Play
  • Which Is It?

Level 2 Set 1 ZIP Download (13.6MB)

  • Black and White
  • Can It Be?
  • Get the Ball
  • Which Is It?

Level 2 Set 2 ZIP Download (13.4MB)

  • Dogs
  • Cats and Dogs
  • Do You See My Pet?
  • Which Is It?

Level 2 Set 3 ZIP Download (14.3MB)

Level 2 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (41.2MB)

BeginningReads Level 3
  • Too Hot
  • In the Sun
  • Sand
  • Which Is It?

Level 3 Set 1 ZIP Download (11.6MB)

  • Run and Hop
  • Top of the Hill
  • Up and Down
  • Which Is It?

Level 3 Set 2 ZIP Download (19.2MB)

  • Hit the Ball
  • Fun with Friends
  • Pick a Game
  • Which Is It?

Level 3 Set 3 ZIP Download (14.9MB)

Level 3 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (45.7MB)

BeginningReads Level 4
  • It's Time to Go
  • Red and Green
  • On and Off
  • Which Is It?

Level 4 Set 1 ZIP Download (14.2MB)

  • Van or Bus?
  • Just Right
  • Big and Little
  • Which Is It?

Level 4 Set 2 ZIP Download (12.6MB)

  • School
  • Trucks
  • Trucks, Vans, and Buses
  • Which Is It?

Level 4 Set 3 ZIP Download (15.0MB)

Level 4 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (41.8MB)

BeginningReads Level 5
  • A Garden
  • Corn!
  • Seeds We Can Eat
  • Which Is It?

Level 5 Set 1 ZIP Download (18.5MB)

  • Lunch Time!
  • Lettuce for Salad
  • Carrots for a Snack
  • Which Is It?

Level 5 Set 2 ZIP Download (14.8MB)

  • Plants
  • Big Seeds, Little Seeds
  • Trees
  • Which Is It?

Level 5 Set 3 ZIP Download (16.4MB)

Level 5 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (49.7MB)

BeginningReads Level 6
  • Where Is a Snail's Nose?
  • Beaks
  • Elephant's Trunk
  • Which Is It?

Level 6 Set 1 ZIP Download (13.7MB)

  • Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!
  • Snail's Foot
  • Bird's Feet
  • Which Is It?

Level 6 Set 2 ZIP Download (14.4MB)

  • High in the Sky
  • Eyes on Top
  • Elephant Eyes
  • Which Is It?

Level 6 Set 3 ZIP Download (11.3MB)

Level 6 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (39.4MB)

BeginningReads Level 7
  • What Did You Do Today?
  • Three Apples
  • The Bell Rings
  • Which Is It?

Level 7 Set 1 ZIP Download (12.8MB)

  • A Card for My Teacher
  • Class Pet
  • Maps and Globes
  • Which Is It?

Level 7 Set 2 ZIP Download (13.1MB)

  • Art
  • Where Are My Things?
  • Story Time
  • Which Is It?

Level 7 Set 3 ZIP Download (13.4MB)

Level 7 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (39.3MB)

BeginningReads Level 8
  • Snow Rabbits
  • Staying Warm
  • Geese at the Pond
  • Which Is It?

Level 8 Set 1 ZIP Download (14.2MB)

  • Winter is Here!
  • My Coat
  • Mittens, Coat, and Cap
  • Which Is It?

Level 8 Set 2 ZIP Download (13.0MB)

  • Too Cold
  • My Sled
  • Playing in the Snow
  • Which Is It?

Level 8 Set 3 ZIP Download (11.6MB)

Level 8 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (38.8MB)

BeginningReads Level 9
  • In the Barn
  • In the Field
  • In the Chicken Coop
  • Which Is It?

Level 9 Set 1 ZIP Download (15.8MB)

  • Among the Trees
  • Up in the Trees
  • Under the Ground
  • Which Is It?

Level 9 Set 2 ZIP Download (16.5MB)

  • In and Out of the Water
  • In One Place
  • On the Go
  • Which Is It?

Level 9 Set 3 ZIP Download (16.2MB)

Level 9 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (48.5MB)

BeginningReads Level 10
  • Spring
  • Ducks
  • Frogs
  • Which Is It?

Level 10 Set 1 ZIP Download (14.62MB)

  • A Desert in Color
  • Cherry Tree
  • Snowdrop
  • Which Is It?

Level 10 Set 2 ZIP Download (17.7MB)

  • Melting Snow
  • Daytime
  • Melting Ice
  • Which Is It?

Level 10 Set 3 ZIP Download (15.6MB)

Level 10 Complete ZIP Download (all 3 sets & additional resources) (47.9MB)