ELT Readers Guide

Readers help build vocabulary and improve reading skills

Oxford Bookworms

Oxford Bookworms

This series of readers is aimed at students at six levels from elementary to advanced. Most are retellings of classic stories using a vocabulary appropriate for English language learners. All stages have exercises for classroom or private use, plus a glossary to help with vocabulary.

WASHINGTON SQUARE: 1400 Headwords (Oxford Bookworms Library)


Macmillan Readers
A wide range of titles - some original and some simplified - from modern and classic novels, and designed to appeal to all age-groups, tastes and cultures.

The books are divided into five levels: Starter Level, with about 300 basic words; Beginner Level (600 basic words); Elementary Level (1100); Intermediate Level (1600); and Upper Level (2200).
ESL Reading recommends:

Love by Design: Elementary (Macmillan Reader)
  • Love by Design is a romantic story of high drama and young love. It's funny, too! First published in 1992 it's a popular choice for young adults

Rebecca (Macmillan ELT Reader & CD Pack)
  • 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again ... '
  • Classic romantic tale of mystery, passion, secrets and betrayal. Upper Intermediate


Penguin Readers
Help students take control of the reading experience.
7 levels from easystart to advanced
Originals, classics, film titles, plays and more…

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Cambridge Readers

Cambridge English Readers

Cambridge English Readers is series of original fiction, specially written for learners of English. Graded into six levels - from elementary to advanced - the stories in this series provide easy and enjoyable reading on a wide range of contemporary topics and themes.

The Amsterdam Connection Level 4 (Cambridge English Readers)

A Tangled Web Level 5 Upper Intermediate Book with Audio CDs (3) Pack (Cambridge English Readers)

Young Adult

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... Reading is no different from other learned human abilities such as driving, cooking, playing golf, or riding a bicycle: the more you do it, the more fluent and skilful you become...'
Julian Bamford (Bunkyo University) Richard R. Day (University of Hawaii)

What are graded readers?
Graded Readers are books specially prepared for language learners. Some are original stories and some adaptations of classics.
They offer an authentic reading experience but are shortened simplified to make them more accessible to English language learners and reluctant readers.

What is extensive reading?
A guide to the theory of Extensive Reading can be found on this page - for more information go to the Extensive Reading site.