Top 10 Best Books for Learning to Read

Learning to read can seem like a daunting task, but we have a wide range of fun phonics and reading books to help with the process. Below are some of our favourites, ordered by target age.

1. Biff, Chip and Kipper Levels 1-3 - 33 Books

Ages 3+

This bumper collection of 32 classic, colourful stories - plus an extra handbook full of tips for making the reading experience fun - is great for building a reading foundation for children aged 3 and above. They've been specially designed by reading experts at Oxford University Press and each book has a carefully-levelled and gorgeously-illustrated story that will make little ones love practising their reading!

2. Monsters' Nonsense: Phonics Collection - 4 Books

Ages 3+

Journey to the enchanting Planet Pok where friendly monsters PemPem, Nid, San and Gop live! They'll introduce children to some hilarious nonsense words and thereby help them practise and develop their phonics skills. Whilst adults read the main narrative, kids can enjoy reading the monsters' funny language!

3. Letts Wild About: Ages 3-5 Collection - 5 Books

Ages 3+

These brilliant books, which cover the topics of numbers, counting, writing, the alphabet and phonics, feature incredible animals that little ones will marvel at, and are filled with exciting activities! Supporting the Early Years Curriculum, these books will help children get to grips with English and maths in an engaging and rewarding way, whilst exploring the world of animals through weird and wonderful facts.

4. Ladybird: Key Words Collection - 36 Books

Ages 4+

Featuring 12 reading levels with 3 books per level, these books will take the beginner reader to competence and confidence in no time. Series A introduces new words, Series B provides further practice of these words, and Series C reinforces these words whilst linking reading with writing and phonics. These world-renowned titles follow Peter and Jane as they explore and have lots of exciting adventures!

5. Songbirds Activity Collection - 8 Books

Ages 4+

These wonderful phonics activity books result from the expert collaboration of the Oxford Reading Tree and The Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson. With a bright and appealing presentation, they're packed with fun activities, some of which require the exciting stickers provided! Children aged 4-6 will practise pronouncing and identifying sounds, getting to grips with letters and developing key reading skills.

6. How to Be... Readers Collection - 4 Books

Ages 4+

These four engrossing books will teach children all about four different exciting lines of work, whilst building literacy and reading skills. From a Brave Police Officer to a Brilliant Doctor, an Awesome Astronaut to a Fearless Firefighter, your child will love reading these entertaining books and completing the complementary activities - and they'll love the iron-on badges that are included, too!

7. Ladybird Read It Yourself: Peppa Pig Story Collection - 10 Books

Ages 4+

Perfect for children aged 4+, these carefully-levelled books star the much-loved Peppa Pig, whom little ones will love to read about! Peppa has lots of fun looking at the little creatures in Grandpa Pig's garden, sorting and recycling rubbish, and going to the fair. Further content includes comprehension puzzles, helpful notes for parents, carers and teachers, and book band information for schools.

8. Fairy Tale Readers Collection - 10 Books

Ages 5+

With vibrant illustrations and simple sentences, this collection of retold fairy tales will be adored by children aged 5+, and include Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling and Snow White! They've been specially designed to develop reading confidence; each book contains a picture dictionary page and a key words page to illustrate the more tricky words. There's also guidance for parents and fun activities to help reinforce all that brilliant reading!

9. Raccoon on the Moon

Ages 5+

Children's publishing giant Usborne has published a range of fun and brilliant phonics books. This one features a raccoon who's off on a whirlwind adventure to the moon! The simple story and lively illustrations guarantee lots of fun and lots of essential learning for children who are starting to read by themselves, or for reading aloud together.

10. Oxford Reading Tree: Chucklers Fun Fiction Collection - 14 Books

Ages 7+

These side-splitting stories will have children aged 7+ laughing their socks off! They cover the Oxford Reading Levels 8-14 and include the tales of the After-School Alien Club, Parrots of the Caribbean and Sam's Supersonic Hamster!

  • Fairy Tale Readers Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781785983184
    FRTL 5 years +
    5 years +
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    With eye-catching illustrations and simple sentences, this collection contains retellings of 10 of the most famous fairy tales including Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.

    Perfect for you to read along with your little reader, these have been especially designed to develop their reading confidence. Each book contains a picture dictionary page and a key words page to illustrate the more difficult words from the story and the common words in context. There is also guidance for parents and activities to help inspire children to read further.

    Full of fun, these first fairy tale books are great for reading together and will engage and inspire children to get reading.
  • Monsters' Nonsense: Phonics Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781784937058
    MONP 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Children will love learning to speak Monsters' Nonsense and practising their phonic skills with these four books.

    The friendly monsters PemPem, Nid, San and Gop all hail from the Planet Pok and will introduce children to some brilliant nonsense words in these exciting stories. It will be up to the adult to read the main narrative, while children are encouraged to read the monsters' language shown in the speech bubbles.

    These 'non-words' will help kids practise their emerging phonics skills and gradually develop them. Very fun and wonderfully silly, these are monster stories for children who can't wait to get stuck into books!
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection: Levels 1-3 - 33 Books - Collection - 9780192739858
    RWBZ 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Featuring 33 books covering reading levels 1-3, this collection of Oxford Reading Tree books is perfect for building a foundation in reading for young readers aged 3 and up.

    Specially designed by the reading experts at Oxford University Press, each book has a carefully levelled and beautifully illustrated story that parent and child will have lots of fun with as they read together, practising and perfecting essential skills that they'll be learning at school - from phonics and first stories to common words and everyday language.

    This Biff, Chip and Kipper collection features 32 storybooks and a parents' handbook full of ideas to make reading fun.
    Format: paperback
  • Songbirds Activity Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780192743114 - Julia Donaldson
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    Julia Donaldson
    4 years +
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    From the dream combination of Oxford Reading Tree and Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, these phonics activity books will inspire children aged between 4 and 6 to develop all their essential reading and writing skills.

    Bright and boldly presented in a very appealing style, the books are packed full of fun and engaging activities, some of which can be completed using the stickers provided. This will help children develop their coordination skills.

    With eight books to work through, these books provide a great way for children to practise pronouncing and identifying sounds, getting to grips with letters and developing key reading skills - at an early age - in the comfort of their own home.
  • Ladybird: Key Words Collection - 36 Books - Collection - 9780723296782
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    With three books each spread across one of 12 different reading levels, Key Words with Peter and Jane uses some of the most frequent words in the English language as a starting point for learning to read successfully and confidently.

    Series A introduces new words, Series B provides further practice of these words and then Series C links reading with writing and phonics. All the words introduced in Series A and B are then reinforced in Series C.

    Scientifically researched and world renowned, the books follow Peter and Jane as they explore and have adventures. The traditional Ladybird style of artwork makes these great for parents to read along with children, too.
  • ANLSM 5 years +
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    A lively story with humorous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading aloud together. With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, specially designed to develop essential language and early reading skills. Guidance notes for parents are included at the back of the book.
  • How to Be... Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781785987816
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    With iron-on badges for each one, these four books will teach children all about four different lines of work.

    Whether they want to learn what policemen do or dream of heading into space, the books are very accessible and explain facts with the help of both photographs and illustrations. There are also books dedicated to fearless firefighters and brilliant doctors.

    As well as being full of information about each job, the books feature activities that will further aid learning and help build literacy skills.
  • Letts Wild About: Ages 3-5 Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780007953486
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    Covering the topics of numbers, counting, writing, the alphabet and phonics, these activity-filled workbooks from Letts all feature amazing animals and will help children aged between 3 and 5 get to grips with English and Maths.

    Supporting the Early Years Curriculum, the books have accessible activities which allow children to practise key numeracy and literacy skills, while also exploring the world of animals through weird and wonderful facts.
  • Oxford Reading Tree: Chucklers Fun Fiction Collection - 14 Books - Collection - 9780192744197 - Jeremy Strong et al
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    5 years +
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    • Just 71.00p per book
    This 14-book collection of Chucklers Fan Fiction will make children laugh their socks off!

    All edited by popular author Jeremy Strong, the books cover the Oxford Reading Levels 8-14 (coloured book band levels are also included) and are full of funny tales.

    There's the story of Roxanne and the Fairy Godbrother; a supersonic hamster; and a tale of some absolutely awful adults.
  • Ladybird Read It Yourself: Peppa Pig Story Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780241292808
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    4 years +
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    Written especially for those aged 4 and above, this is a collection of carefully levelled readers starring Peppa Pig and all her friends.

    Throughout the exciting stories, Peppa looks at the little creatures in Grandpa Pig's garden; has some fun sorting and recycling rubbish; and enjoys a day out at the fair.

    Each book has been carefully checked by educational consultants and can be read independently at home or used in a guided reading session at school. Further content includes comprehension puzzles, helpful notes for parents, carers and teachers, and book band information for use in schools.

    Format: Paperback