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Usborne My Second Reading Library (Level 3, 4 & Series One) 50 Books Box Set - Ages 5-7 - Paperback

by Usborne
SKU: B2D0674 ISBN: 9781409591528
Current price £28.95
Original price £199.50
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Usborne’s My Reading Library is a wonderful collection that will help you bring your child through their reading journey. This weighty box set features fifty books, across three levels of reading development. It takes the reader from confidence-boosting classic tales, to longer stories needing more of their attention, right up to book-length stories told in chapters. It’s perfect for the reader moving on to more advanced stories. Parents are huge fans of these reading libraries as a way to introduce children to books, ideal for readers aged between 5-7.

All the books are part of the Usborne Reading Programme, which works fantastically on its own or alongside their school curriculum. Across three series - Very First Reading, First Reading and Young Reading - and nine reading levels, Usbourne has a complete learning pathway. This box set includes books from First Reading Level Three, Level Four, and Young Reading Series One, making it a great next step on the journey.

If your child isn’t quite ready for this reading level, be sure to check out Usborne’s My First Reading Library, which is the start of the Usborne Reading Programme. This collection takes you from phonics to independent reading. It includes twenty-two books from the Very First Reading series, a twelve-book selection from First Reading Level One, and sixteen books chosen from First Reading Level Two. From there, they’re ready for My Reading Library from Usborne.

What’s in the box?

The first fourteen books are chosen from Usborne First Reading Level Three. These are classic folk tales from around the world, as well as some original fiction. The books introduce more tenses and a range of modal verbs, and they ramp up gently in complexity from the previous level. Highlights include Chicken Licken and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Following this, there are a further sixteen books from Usborne First Reading Level Four. This selection of classic fairy tales and fables moves past the puzzles, character sheets, and repeated narrative elements of earlier levels. There is an increase in idioms, and the books feature the full range of tenses. Books in this level include Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Baba Yaga and the Flying Witch.

The final twenty books are selected from Usborne Young Reading Series One. Now the stories are consistently told in the past tense, using the words kids will expect to hear every day. There are longer narratives told in chapters for the first time, and the stories use both direct and indirect speech. Some of the stories are twice as long as in the previous level, really allowing budding readers to dig their teeth into the stories. These include classic fiction titles such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

All the books are illustrated in full colour and are printed in a clear, easy-to-read font. The stories range from Lexile level 340L (The Reluctant Dragon) to 590L (Sleeping Beauty), making them suitable for children between the ages of six and nine, in Key Stages 1 or 2, or Years 2 to 4. This makes the box set a great accompaniment as your kid moves up the school years.

What comes next?

The next step in the Usborne Reading Programme is The Usborne Reading Collection. This set features twenty-five more books from Usborne Young Reading Series One and fifteen from Usborne Young Reading Series Two. Afterwards, you can move on to The Usborne Reading Collection for Confident Readers, featuring books from Usborne Young Reading Series Two and Three. Usborne can follow your child from their very first books to their future as a lifelong reader.

We stock great lines supporting your child’s growth as a reader from other publishers too. The Biff, Chip & Kipper series from Oxford University Press is available in handy packs, across six levels of reading skill. You may also be interested in Read it Yourself with Ladybird, a scheme that uses five reading levels. You can easily match up the different reading tiers, so you’re safe to teach your child using all of these lines.


From the publisher

50 books to guide your child through the early stages of reading.

The first 14 books are taken from Usborne First Reading Level Three. These stories, including many classic tales, are designed to boost developing readers' confidence.

  • The King's Pudding
  • The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs
  • Chicken Licken
  • The Musicians of Bremen
  • The Mouse's Wedding
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • The Magic Pear Tree
  • The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar
  • The Enormous Turnip
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Magic Porridge Pot
  • The Gingerbread Man The Little Red Hen
  • The Little Red Hen
  • The Leopard and the Sky God

The next 16 books are taken from Usborne First Reading Level Four. These slightly longer stories help to increase readers' stamina in a range of story styles.

  • The Tin Soldier
  • The Golden Carpet
  • The Runaway Pancake
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • The Inch Prince
  • The Emperor and the Nightingale
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • The Hare and the Tortoise
  • Baba Yaga the Flying Witch
  • The Owl and the Pussy Cat
  • Princess Polly and the Pony
  • Dick Whittington

20 further books are taken from Usborne Young Reading Series One. Each of these books contains several lively short stories or one long story in easy-to-read chapters.

  • Cinderella
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Saint George and the Dragon
  • The Wooden Horse
  • The Monkey King
  • Aladdin and his Magical Lamp
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Nutcracker
  • Puss in Boots
  • The Frog Prince
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Rapunzel
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Runaway Princess

 How to help your child with reading:

  • Try to find a little time every day to sit down with your child and read together.
  • In the early stages, “little and often” is what’s most effective.
  • Give plenty of encouragement and praise.

For more information on the Usborne Reading Programme, visit