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Enjoying this Series!
Am teaching my grandson how to read with this set!  He is enjoying this set.  I like the "shared" reading with him. Will cherish these memories in years to come!
Date: 6/8/2012 5:40 AM
As a former teacher, I love this set!
I used to teach first grade. I now stay home with my children and recently started homeschooling my oldest. As a teacher, we had access to great reading programs, but as a mom, I've struggled with finding quality very first readers. We have purchased 3 different sets of readers before finding these. Some were way too difficult for a child just learning how to read, some too boring, and some only taught through memorization. The Very First Reading Set doesn't have any of these problems. Since parents read one page, and kids read the next, the stories have lots of detail and are fun. The part that the kids read gradually add sounds with a few more in each book so kids don't get overwhelmed. But one of the things that I like the most is that in addition to a parent guide, each book has activities at the end of the book to go over the story. These activities include phonics/word lessons, story summarization, and story sequencing. There are also additional activities on-line. I am really enjoying using these to teach my 5 yr old to read.
Date: 6/9/2012 8:42 AM
This made me fall in love with Usborne
Every child NEEDS this set.  I ordered this at a party when my daughter was 3 1/2 years old, and I gave her the first book as a Christmas gift.  I had already tried other beginner reading books, and they were still too overwhelming and difficult.  The first book was easy enough for her to build confidence in her ability to read, and she loved doing the comprehension activities at the end of the story.  After two weeks, she was ready to move on to the second book!  Once she was ready for book 7, her reading ability really took off!

My daughter is now entering Kindergarten and turned 5 years old a few months ago, and she is reading at a second grade level.  She loves reading chapter books to her friends!  She was so frustrated when she was younger because she wanted to read so badly, and other books were just too complicated.  This set was exactly what she needed!
Date: 8/2/2014 3:53 PM
My son is 3 and reading!
We started this set about 1 month ago. We are on book 3 now. He has the words in the first 2 down and book 3 we are about 1/2 way through the words.  They get more difficult at book 3.  But he is only 3 (4 next month) and he is actually reading.  This series is amazing!
Date: 9/8/2014 8:58 AM
Worth Every Penny!!
I used this set to teach my youngest to read.  I wish I would have had it with my older kids.  She's the best reader and had so much fun learning to read!
Date: 9/22/2014 9:27 AM
We Love It
My son loves these books. He enjoys reading with me. And I love the fact that we are spending quality time together, doing something fun, and he is learning (and he has no idea!). :)
Date: 3/2/2015 10:39 AM
I love this set!!
I got the Usborne Very First Reading set in the mail just yesterday. My oldest (she is 7) was not enjoying the reading lesson book I use for school. It has been only one day, and she is already on book 6. She is loving them. And has been reading them all day! It makes me so happy that she is choosing to read on her own and I am not having to beg her to do it! These books are awesome!
Date: 3/17/2016 5:28 PM
This set is amazing!!!
I am a former teacher.  I taught kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd.  I wish I had this in my classroom when I taught along with the dual readers. My daughter is in kindergarten and she is now on book 7.  Her confindence has grown and she can't wait to go to the next book. Book 8 she will be reading all by herself.  We love the puzzles in the back that tests comprehension.  I can not say enough wonderful things about this amazing set. It is only $4.66 a book too!
Date: 4/4/2016 9:43 AM
Awesome Very First Reading Set
This set is awesome! I love how it has allows you to read with your child. Love this and so does my kindergartener that is just starting out with learning to read. I love that the books are hardback and that they are catchy for the kids.
Date: 4/13/2016 10:40 AM
Amazing!
I can't say enough good things about this set. I bought this for my son when he started Kindergarten and he was falling behind. He was ahead of his class in everything but reading. I was blown away by how quickly his reading improved. The books he was being sent home with from school, I had to read the entire book to him first before he could read it. I never had to do that with this series. It's so much more engaging to have the parent read the story with their child. I also love that there are puzzles in the back of each book!

A few weeks ago, I decided to try the first book with my 3 year old. I didn't think he was even close to being ready. But after a couple of days he was reading all of book one! This set is amazing!
Date: 5/25/2016 11:08 AM
Love seeing my daughter's confidence in reading soar!
My daughter will be starting kinder next year and I felt she needed something to give her a little boost of confidence before starts school- she is very hesitant to try new things if she does not succeed at first. This reading set was a winner! The puzzles in the back make it fun for her and engaging enough that she WANTS to practice reading! We both love the shared reading this set provides. I have loved seeing her confidence grow and am certain she will be ready for kindergarten and have the confidence she needs to start the year off well!
Date: 6/19/2016 12:04 AM
A hit!
I love the togetherness of these books and that we can do shared reading.  I love the guides in the back and the additional activities given at the end of each story.  We have just finished the first book and are excitedly moving on to book 2!
Date: 7/2/2016 7:01 AM
Amazing tool!
This set has been great for our almost 5 year old daughter to start introducing different phonics sounds and common sight words. Our daughter has cerebral palsy, so learning in a traditional sense doesn't always come easy for her. She is IN LOVE with these books and asks to read the book she is on every day! Thank you, Usborne!
Date: 2/10/2017 12:31 PM
Regret
My ONLY regret is not knowing about the BIGGER set for only $10 more that has 50 books in it!!!! I so wish I would have known about it before I ordered, because my 3.5 year old LOVES this set and loves taking turns reading the pages with me and doing the activities in the back of the book! AMAZING PROGRAM!
Date: 7/7/2017 6:15 PM
My first reading books.!!
I have long time with Usborne books. I'm so happy, because my son since he was 2 years old has differents books from here..Now , my son is 6 year old ,and he started  with first step to read .. he is enjoying this kind books. I feel so happy to see my son ready to read.  I recommend this ,because  has too activitys  the end the book too, that him develope and help a lot !!!
Date: 2/21/2018 2:46 PM
Best First Readers
We have used multiple first reader books and these are by far our favorites. We love that they are written as dual readers. Typically, most early reader books have boring storylines because they only allow the early reader a part in the story. These Usborne early readers instead engage both adult and children readers simultaneously. As a parent, I love that the readers add sounds and more difficult words as the reader progresses through the books. Absolutely worth the price.
Date: 3/11/2018 12:46 AM