How exciting it is, that moment when your child begins to read some words along with you and then before long discovers the joy of reading to you increasingly confidently and indeed by themselves. Put the fun into reading with these Blue and Red Early Reader stories as diverse as Horrid Henry and Cinderella - there really is an Early Reader for every parent to share and enjoy with their child and then once the child becomes more confident he or she will be able to enjoy them on their own.
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‘Our Early Readers bridge the gap between picture books and reading alone; accessible stories, illustrated in full colour on every page, they are designed to entertain and encourage a love of reading.’ Fiona Kennedy, Publisher
With Early Reader books you can introduce them to wonderful new authors, fantastic illustrations and watch their love of reading grow. Moving them gently away from picture books and gradually increasing the amount of text.
A red Early Reader is the next step on your child's reading journey, short accessible chapters make them ideal for newly confident readers - but we also think they're great for sharing too.
Early Readers: Your stepping stones from picture books to reading books.
Messages from authors who have contributed to this Early Reader series:
‘As a parent I remember how hard it was finding lovely books for children just starting to read, and I hope these beautiful editions of my stories will welcome the next generation to the joy of books.’ Francesca Simon
‘I had great fun writing and creating the characters for my ‘Little’ witches, pirates and princesses, and I’m delighted they’re now accessible for young readers. Just right for young eager children to read.’ Georgie Adams.
‘I have always believed that a good story is the only way to encourage young children to read. Fairy Tales are just that and I hope these little books will turn out to be the beginning of a life long love of reading.’ Sally Gardner
‘It’s great that Orion are putting so much energy into Early Readers – without good books for the youngest readers, we won’t have older readers in years to come.’ Marcus Sedgwick
‘The Early Readers are a wonderful combination of great stories and wonderful pictures; even the wobbliest beginner reader will be intrigued, entranced, and safely set on their way. I just wish they’d been around when my daughters were learning to read.’ Vivian French
And from some young readers too aged 5 to 7:
‘I love books with mostly pictures in them but Three Little Witches was great too as it still had colour pictures on every page but with more words which mum helped me read’.
'My brother loves Horrid Henry books and he likes saying I can't read them because I'm too young. Now I can with these Early Readers'.
'I love the pictures and the way there are words for me to read and some for mum too'
'Now I've read this pirate book, I want to be a pirate when I grow up'.
And from library groups and teachers:
'Great for reading aloud, for library storytimes and for parents and children to share and enjoy reading together.' Annie Everall OBE, Youth Libraries Group
'To develop as independent, fluent readers, children need well written stories that are inviting and accessible. Early Readers are a good choice for those young readers beyond the "beginning" stage who need the reassurance of a familiar format.' Nikki Gamble, Write Away
'As a Key Stage One Leader, it has made a refreshing change to have chapter books that are colourful and exciting to motivate the children to read.' Rebecca Petley, Year 2 Teacher
'I found these books both engaging and appropriately challenging in developing children's ability to read.' Natalie Jones, Year 2 Teacher
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START READING...