free printable sight word readers 112+


Why I created my sight word books

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.

Sample sets

farm animals snip

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

set 6 snip

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.

Save yourself some time and buy the bundle pack!

You can get the first 26 sets individually for free. Save yourself some time and get four extra books plus an organizing system!

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$10.00 Add to cart

View your cart HERE.

(Non-U.S. residents, please purchase in my TPT store.)

Download each set individually

You can find the post which shares each set of readers by clicking below.  When you get to the post, scroll to the bottom to download the set of readers.

More books!

After creating the first 26 sets to use alongside Reading the Alphabet, I’ve had requests for more books.  I’m creating additional sets.  These correlate with my free phonics books.    When I have a large collection, these will also be available for purchase in a bundle pack.  For now you may download each set  below.

Note: If your child is reading these books, he’s moving at a quicker pace.  For that reason, each set may introduce more than one new sight word.



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

bonus organizing

These dividers fit perfectly in a plastic shoe box and will keep your books organized and easy to access!  Get them when you purchase the bundle pack of all 104 readers plus a bonus set.

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$10.00 Add to cart

View your cart HERE.

(Non-U.S. residents, please purchase in my TPT store.)


    • 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: ???
    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?


    • 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 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.

  18. Emily says

    I’m so excited about these books! My only question is this–is there a way to print and make these books work without double-sided printing? Forgive me if this question has already been asked. Thank you!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Emily! They are designed to work double sided. You could always print the even pages (page 1 is my Terms of Use) and then reinsert into your printer and print the odd pages beginning with page 4. If you don’t want to do that, you can print as is, cut the pages apart, and staple. That will be quite time-consuming, though!

  19. Cynthia Barboza says

    These little books are amazing. Thank you soooooo much.
    I live in Mexico, we can’t afford to buy books! The library is far and the books are very old and torn and you can’t check them out!

    These are a blessing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :’)

    • Anna Geiger says

      Thank you, Cynthia – your comment really brightened my day! I’m so happy to hear my books are a special blessing to you. Isn’t the internet wonderful? :)

  20. melissa rigoli says

    I love these! Thank you so much for creating them, and for sharing them! My kindergartners are loving them, and they can really read them. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hurray, Melissa! I’m so happy to hear that your students read and love my little books! I can’t wait to create more of them. Some of the middle sets accelerate a little quickly. In the new year I plan to adjust them (still offering the more challenging versions) so they go at a more reasonable pace. And I do plan to offer more sets in the future.

  21. Alaina says

    These are great! I just started going through Reading the Alphabet with my almost 4 year old and 2.5 yr old. Little brother always wants to do what big brother is doing. It is perfect because my little guy can learn his letters and sounds wile big brother can learn the beginner reading. These readers with be a perfect addition to our homeschool preschool. We will be starting our first word family lessons next week so I will definitely be coming back to your page. Thanks for sharing all your hard work!

  22. Hajira says

    Just to say I love the content on your page. My youngest has just started Standard 1, we live in Francistown Botswana Africa. My daughter enjoys all the worksheets I print for and since she has started reading I have printed the sight word readers for her.

    Thank you sooo much for your AMAZING page.

    Stay Blessed

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Leah,

      As it states above, this is a page that showcases each of the readers, but you can’t download them here. Click on the image for the set you want (“transportation” for example), and that will bring you to the post where I shared the set. Scroll down to the end of the post, and you will see something like “Get your free books HERE.” Click on the word HERE, and you should be all set. Come back to this page if you want to find a link to a new set.

      Hope this helps!

  23. marina says

    I really love your books and all the things you propose!
    I have a question: why do you use lowercase letters instead of capital letters for little children?
    is there a theory about teaching reading to little ones that is preferible to teach lowercase rather than capital letters?


    ps: I hope my question is understandable, I’m from italy and I’m trying to improve my english…

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hello, Marina! I think for very young children (18 months – 2 years), capital letters are best to start with when teaching them to recognize letters. But when children are ready to read simple books they’re also ready to recognize but upper and lowercase letters. Plus, since all other books they’re going to try to read will use lowercase letters, it makes sense to put those in mind too. I’m doing a letter of the week with my 3 year old and teaching upper and lowercase letters at the same time. He’s recognizing all the uppers as I teach them and some of the lowers. He’s not ready to read yet, but when he is I think he’ll know them both.

      • marina says

        thanks for the quick answer!
        I’m a teacher in a pubblic infantry school (3 to six years old). we usually introduce only capital letters, preferring to leave lowercases to the next level of education. but maybe I could reconsider this thing…


  24. Noraan says

    Thank you Anna for your awesome blog and for your creative ideas. I am a preschooler teacher and this is my first year, I did not what to do till I found your blog :) Quick question; my preschoolers started their sight words, Do you think it is better to use these awesome books in order? Thank you again for these awesome books :)

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Noraan! I think for preschool it would be best to do these in order. For older children who are already reading quite a bit it wouldn’t matter as much. You will probably find that some of them are ready to move more quickly than others. I’d encourage you to let them go at their own pace. The middle and later sets were hard for my son when he was 3, but now that he’s 4 (close to 5) he’s doing really well them.

  25. Crystal says

    Hi, I was wondering if these are on the site somewhere in an ebook format? I looked at the separate links and didn’t see any.

    I’ll just have to pick a fight with my printer to make it work if not!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi Crystal,

      No, that isn’t something I have available at this time. Currently I don’t have plans to do that, but maybe sometime down the line!

  26. says

    Thank you so much for these books! I just found them the other day and printed a couple out. My boys (6 and 4) have fallen in love with them. I mentioned them on my blog tonight, and shared them with another homeschool mom. We just got our long-arm stapler today and should get more paper tomorrow. Can’t wait to print more! Thanks again.

  27. kelly long says

    I’ve just come across your website and love it. What a great resource, I’m going to start by using some of your amazing emergent reader books, having these will save me so much time and money since it is so hard to find good fun readers at this level! Thanks so much.

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hello, Kelly! I agree that it’s so hard to find emergent reader books for early readers. I’m glad you can save some money and use the ones you find here! I hope you keep finding things you can use. :)

  28. kelly long says

    I love these sight word books of yours for emergent readers. Do you have any more in the pipeline for other sight words like ‘said’ or ‘where’ or ‘there’?

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hello, Kelly,

      Yes I do have plans for those words, but not for quite a while yet. I probably will not be publishing too many new sets over the summer – things get very busy at our house with my husband’s giant garden! So, yes, they’re coming, but they’re likely quite a few months out yet.

  29. says

    Thank you for a terrific website! I don’t normally leave comments on blogs, but felt that you deserved to know how much I appreciate the time, energy, and effort that you’ve put into your website! I am using many of the resources in my summer school class. The students all receive special education and range from non-readers to emergent readers. I was not given any money for supplies, so to come across your website with all of its free materials was extremely fortunate for me, the assistants for whom I have to create lesson plans, and the children who will benefit tremendously! Thank you!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment for me, Maria! And I’m thrilled that my materials can benefit the children in your summer school. I know how expensive little books and other resources can be. I’m glad my printables can benefit people like you! I hope your summer school is going well.

  30. says

    Hi Anna,
    My mother bought this series from your store yesterday and never received a download link or any information about how to get the files. We tried emailing you as well, but am not sure that you have received our messages. Please let me know how we can aquire the files. I’ve also tried downloading them through the individually method and keep getting an error message.

    Thanks for your assistance!

  31. Deepa says


    I must say that your resources are impeccable. You are kind hearted enough that you are sharing it for free. These books got my son to read. God bless you and your family!

  32. Ami Kanani says

    Thanks, these are great! I just bought the bundle pack for $10. Does that mean you are going to send me printed copies and the dividers? Or do I still need to print them all myself? :( Wanted to avoid the work, but either way, thanks!

    • Anna Geiger says

      No, as it says in the product description, this is a digital file. :) But it will save you a ton of time downloading each individual file! Plus they’ll all be in one, easy-to-find place. If I were going to print and send them, they’d be a lot more than $10 ;).

  33. Adelita says

    Hi Anna,
    Thank you so much for those great reading ideas and hands on activities. I very much like them. I really would like other ideas or games on how to help students with sight words.
    God bless you and your family.

    Adelita from Belize

  34. says

    I just finished downloading and plan to use these along with Reading the Alphabet! Thanks for sharing. Just so you know your links for books 31 and 32 are switched around with each other :)

  35. brandi says

    I cannot get the free printable readers to upload so that they can be printed. Can you send them by email or help me in order to get then to print.


  1. […] 32. Fairy Tales – Let’s start off with these four adorable fairy tale themed sight word readers. Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and the Gingerbread Man are all so classic you can’t go wrong! They include sight words: look, a, the, I and see. You’ll love that she has 80+ sight word readers! […]

  2. […] 7. If you’re looking to save money and print out a free resource, The Measured Mom has created mini phonics books for each word family. I absolutely love these books, particularly because of their large text. A child can sound out each word in the word family with confidence. These are an incredible resource and I highly recommend them! If you want to save time, you can purchase all 134 developmental phonics books at her store in one click. She recommends reading these alongside Becky’s awesome and comprehensive Reading the Alphabet curriculum and Anna’s free sight word readers. […]

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