free printable sight word readers 80+ Free Emergent Readers

 

When my oldest was just starting to read, I found it nearly impossible to find simple books that she could read all by  herself.  I was looking for books with:

  • just a few words per page
  • bright and engaging pictures
  • repetitive text
  • sight words for children to learn at an easy pace

Now that I’m teaching her younger brothers to read, I’ve decided to create my own set of emergent readers!  We are using these along with This Reading Mama’s fabulous Reading the Alphabet curriculum for preschoolers.  (Talk about a hands-on, age-appropriate approach to learning to read!)  Since Reading the Alphabet teaches a new sight word per week, I’m creating a set of four readers featuring each sight word.  So if you’re using set 5 of my readers, you’ll find lessons to go right along with them in Reading the Alphabet, Lesson 5.

Of course, these readers work well for any beginning readers — from preschool to grade one! 

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Here’s a sample page from Set 1, Farm Animals.

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Here’s a sample from Set 6, The Cookout. You can see how the text is getting more challenging.

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Here’s a sample from Set 13, A Snowy Day — the sentences are longer and require more attention to phonics.

You can find the post which shares each set of readers by clicking below.  A sample page and the new sight word are displayed on each image.   When you get to the post, scroll to the bottom to download the set of readers.

  • This video will show you how to assemble the readers:

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Comments

    • Anna Geiger says

      Thank you for linking to me, Monica! I have definitely found that Reading the Alphabet is a wonderful guideline, and creating these to supplement works so well for us.

  1. Jenelle says

    For some reason I am having trouble printing pages 8 of the “Summer” readers and page 2 of the “Fall” readers. I really love these books thank you so much!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Jenelle! I’m sorry you’re having trouble. I used a newer pdf creator that I have gotten since creating those sets and re-inserted the documents. Would you please try again and let me know if it works by leaving another comment? Thank you!

  2. Megan Diller says

    I just recently found your blog and I love it! Quick question about these printable books. Is this the level you start your kids? These seem a bit advanced for beginning readers. I am a preschool teacher and I’m looking for something to start reading with my 4 and 5 year olds.

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Megan,
      I start with the very first set when I begin teaching my kids to read (just 2 words per page). In my experience, my own kids are ready to memorize a few sight words and figure out words with pictures cues before they are ready to sound out words. I definitely recommend Reading the Alphabet (see image in my sidebar), which is by a mother and reading specialist. My sight word readers follow her curriculum, but they do advance much more quickly than hers do.

      Alongside the readers I do beginning sounds activities and then reading with word families (see my printables page for those) as my kids are ready. My own children are usually read to start sounding out around age 4, but it’s a while before it gets easy for them.

      I don’t believe in starting reading with just decodable books (such as Bob Books) because all that sounding out is laborious for young kids – also the books often don’t make sense because they’re using just words you can sound out.

      If you look through the emergent reader posts you’ll see my tips for how to use them. Ask any more questions if you have them!

      • Megan Diller says

        Thanks so much! I think I may have to purchase Reading Through the Alphabet. I have a degree in Elementary Education, but I feel like I need more training on emergent readers. Your blog will be a great resource, thank you!

  3. Phyllis Ehresman says

    Your printable books are absolutely wonderful. The 13the set is perfect for the K class where I volunteer. They are going to be so excited to see them on Monday. There is no way to adequately thank you for making these available.

  4. says

    You are amazing, Anna! Your resources are awesome. I shared them today in my professional development day that I gave at a local district.
    Thanks so much for all of the freebies!
    Heidi Butkus

  5. says

    Good Day Anna! Thank you for sharing your resources with your audience of readers here! I am wondering about WHERE TO START with this Reading the Alphabet and Reading stuff itself. My LO has developmental delays but is fine to be in a regular classroom. They’re slight delays. I have a long story but, would just first like to know if you could point me in the right direction with assisting her in learning the alphabet by SIGHT (outside of the “letter a week” activities we already do. she gets bored with those) so that I will be able to monitor her Reading at Home, outside of school. I want to have her ready for her second year in Kindergarten (called Senior Kindergarten here in Canada) where she will be attending a regular classroom and bused to School like her friends. Now shes in a Daycare Ctr Junior Kindergarten Program per-say where they use the guidelines for learning but its NOT all learning all the time. I don’t see her producing the work her friends do that go to a regularly schooled Junior Kindergarten Program. (Due to her Developmental Delays she could NOT have gone there this year) Anyway, What is the specific Post you think I should start at for her learning the Alphabet by sight, then moving forward to Sight WORDS later….What order should I work in? Maybe you could Email Me: [email protected] ???
    Soo many thanks for your valuable time and energy in responding ;D
    Sincere thanks, Jeanine from Canada Your new follower

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hello, Jeanine! I’d be happy to work with you as best I can. I did send you an email, so if you didn’t receive it, be sure to reply to this comment and I’ll try again. You may want to check your spam folder.

  6. Beth says

    I am trying to download and print the free emergent readers, but am having troubles.

    Can you help me with this please?

    Thank
    Beth

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Beth,
      Can you tell me which one you’re having trouble with? When you click on the link to the readers, you need to go all the way down to the end of the post to get the readers. It will say something like

      Get the readers here …. and then has something underlined in green, like “Measured Mom Emergent Readers Set 1.” Click on that and you should be able to print. Let me know if this helps and if you still need help!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hello! I think at the end of each post I share how to assemble the books. After you cut across the horizontal center of the pages, fit the pages together according to the page numbers. Staple with a long armed stapler and fold. Hope that makes sense!

  7. Jenny says

    I am so in love with everything on your website/blog and I thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to “help” those of us in need of additional material to educate our children. I have been printing and using your emergent readers for awhile now and for some reason can not get the newest one ~ #17 “up”. It won’t “highlight” on your page like all the others do and so it will not allow me to access that book. Can you help?

  8. Natalie Clark says

    Hello, Anna!
    My son and I love the resources on your site! In fact, he prefers your emergent reader booklets over any of our “expensive” readers! I was wondering, do you have any emergent readers on the subject of Spring or perhaps on plants? Thanks!

    • Anna Geiger says

      You’re a step ahead of me, Natalie! Actually, my next set is going to be a Spring set. I’d love to have them ready to share next week — no guarantees as I haven’t started them yet. But expect them in April sometime!

  9. Kris says

    My LO just turned three this last month. She doesn’t know her letters very well (she loves numbers). I’m wanting to homeschool but have no idea where to even start with her. Any advice and nudge in the right direction would be appreciated.

  10. Lou Franz says

    Your site is wonderful! I’ve been reading from a lot of sites but yours really got me!

    Your resources are perfect! Thank you so much for putting an effort into everything. Not only do you give us the resources but the instructions do help a lot!

  11. shaya says

    thank yo Anna for always sharing your amazing works, God bless you and your family. as you mentioned in here you are using Mama’sReading the Alphabet curriculum, is it good for preschooler? I have seen it but it is not that easy and the kids who use it must now all the alphbet before using it? I want to teach my students phonics and reading, would you please advice me? any idea would be great

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Shaya, Reading the Alphabet is very good, but it is designed for kids who speak English, not for a second language preschool like yours. I can see that it would be too difficult and move at too rapid a pace for your purposes. I do think it is helpful if kids know all or most of the alphabet before using it. For your students I would first focus on learning the letters and their sounds in fun ways. You can also start with a VERY simple sight word vocabulary. I did email you a link to the Dolch sight word lists which you can start with.

  12. Marisa says

    Thank you for sharing your Emergent Readers! I am a Kindergarten teacher and happened to stumble across them while on my summer break, and will love utilizing them this coming school year.

    • Anna Geiger says

      I’m so glad you found them, Marisa! Be sure to check out my Free Printables page — there’s a lot there you might find useful!

  13. Lynn says

    I would love to put these out for my girls to grab and read during silent reading. A typical book shelf won’t do. Do you have any ideas how to store these?

  14. Samantha McCartney says

    Thank you so much for sharing these! My special needs son will be 8 in December, and is at a pre-k reading level, so these will be perfect… I just starting to homeschool as the program(s) were not meeting his needs. Finding resources like yours are making this adventure much more enjoyable and will greatly help us succeed! Thanks, again!

    • Anna Geiger says

      You’re very welcome, Samantha! I’m so glad you’re finding things you can use. If you haven’t visited thisreadingmama.com yet, be sure to check out her site. She has lots of freebies too, mostly literacy related.

  15. Jess says

    I LOVE these!!! Thank you so very much for sharing, they are awesome! Not to mention the time and effort you took to make them. Thanks again!!!!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Thank you so much, Jess – I love to see people using these! I love creating them, and it’s such a joy to see other people enjoying them too.

  16. Melissa Sandsness says

    I am having trouble downloading the sight word books. I do not see the green downlaod here area. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for all you do this is great!

    • Anna Geiger says

      HI Melissa!

      You can’t download the readers on this page. This page gives you an overview of all my sets. If you click on the set you’re looking for, you will get to a post about those readers. Scroll all the way down to the end of that particular post, and you’ll find the download link. Let me know if you still can’t find it!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Gladys,

      As it says above, “You can find the post which shares each set of readers by clicking below. A sample page and the new sight word are displayed on each image. When you get to the post, scroll to the bottom to download the set of readers.”

      This page does not have the pdf’s — it’s just showing you all the sets. If you click on an image you will get to the post which tells about the books. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to get the pdf. Hope this helps!

  17. Rebecca P says

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for such a wonderful resource!!! We have been looking for a variety of things to use to work on things at home with our daughter too in conjunction with what she’s learning at school. These books are just a step up from the ones she reads at school, and gives us some more fun things for her to read to us :) We’ll be using them for her and our son who is in Preschool right now too!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Oh, fabulous, Rebecca! I know it’s so hard to find books like these that are readable and affordable. I’m so glad you can use these with both of your kids.

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