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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.

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) (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) (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) (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) (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) (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) (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) (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) (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) (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) (47.9MB)