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Helbling Young Readers

Young readers make young learners

An exciting series of story-driven graded readers for primary schools in 5 levels. Beautifully-illustrated picture books introduce young learners to the joy of reading in English and foster a life-long love for language.

  • Each story is carefully graded
  • Language is presented both as lexical groups and language functions
  • Interactive whiteboard-compatible CD-ROM/Audio CD with a complete reading of the story, fun chants and games
  • Worksheets and extra resources available on Helbling e-zone

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    Helbling Young Readers is a collection of specially written original fiction and beautifully retold classics, aimed at very young learners.

    Stories form a fundamental part of our lives. Sharing stories about who we are, what we do and how we perceive reality is an essential part of our sense of identity. Children are fascinated by and drawn to stories and will actively try to understand them. By promoting a ‘narrative sensibility’ (Jerome Bruner) in children, through exposing them to a variety of stories, we help them develop a sense of who they are, as well as, strategies to promote integration and social skills.

    • Creates a stimulating learning environment
    • Increases attention span
    • Greatly helps to expand vocabulary
    • Anchors new words and structures in a meaningful way
    • Enhances memory and retention levels
    • Fosters an interest in and love for language
    • Develops the imagination and creative thinking


    • Beautifully illustrated stories
    • Activities with a TPR (total physical response) dynamic learning approach
    • Open-out vocabulary flaps on each book
    • Open-type font to make reading accessible to children with reading difficulties
    • CD-ROM/Audio CD with interactive learning games, karaoke chant and audio dictionary
    • Fun online project pages
    • Language highlighted at a glance for easy preparation
    • Visual CLIL pointers


    PLUS, on Helbling e-zone:

    • Free downloadable worksheets with Cambridge Young Learners exams practice
    • Free downloadable Project pages with extras needed to complete all tasks
    • Flashcards and Guide to using Flashcards
    • How to help your child read in English
    • How to use Big Books

    Helbling Young Readers are also available as Big Books. Big Books make reading a fun experience while being a powerful tool for language learning. Maxi-format illustrations will captivate any class or group and enlarged text will allow children to see and follow words as they are pointed to and read by the teacher.

    Go to the Young Learners category on our blog for all the latest theory, plus lesson plans and interviews with the authors and illustrators.

    Accessible to all

    We take great care to ensure our stories are as accessible as possible to a broad audience. Our choice of font helps children with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, who often find certain typefaces challenging.

    Using thicker paper and a text layout which includes an evenly spaced font, wider line-spacing and carefully calibrated line lengths, we can significantly reduce the visual stress experienced by many readers who suffer from reading difficulties.