Reading Success, Step by Step!

Learn About Step 1: Ready to Read

For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

  • Big type and easy words
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Picture clues

Learn About Step 2: Reading with Help

Preschool–Grade 1

For children who recognize familiar words and sound out new words with help.

  • Basic vocabulary
  • Short sentences
  • Simple stories

Learn About Step 3: Reading on Your Own

Grades 1-3

For children who are ready to read on their own.


  • Engaging characters
  • Easy-to-follow plots
  • Popular topics

Learn About Step 4: Reading Paragraphs

Grades 2–3

For newly independent readers who read simple sentences with confidence.

  • Challenging vocabulary
  • Short paragraphs
  • Exciting stories

Learn About Step 5: Ready for Chapters

Grades 2–4

For children who want to take the plunge into chapter books but still like colorful pictures.

  • Chapters
  • Longer paragraphs
  • Full-color art

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