Free Printable Emergent Readers: sight word “the”

Do you have a little one who’s ready to learn to read – but you can’t find a single library book that’s simple enough?

Or maybe you’re a preschool or kindergarten teacher and would love a set of affordable emergent readers for your students.

During my teaching career I struggled to find books for my earliest readers. And when I began to teach my daughter to read I grew frustrated at the lack of emergent readers available to parents.

That’s why I’m excited to offer you a second set of free printable emergent readers!


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This week we’ve been going through lesson two of This Reading Mama’s awesome Reading The Alphabet, a fabulous reading curriculum for preschoolers. I’m loving her ideas!


 My Three enjoyed pointing to all the words on the pocket chart.  (These printables are from Reading the Alphabet.)


To reinforce the letter sounds we’ve learned so far, he sorted these pictures according to their beginning sound (again,from Reading the Alphabet).  This was tricky for him, and he wasn’t interested in doing it for long.  On the other hand, this sort of sound sort is waytoo easy for my Four, who has known all his letter sounds for at least two years.  It just goes to show that even kids with the same mom differ in their development — it’s been a fun challenge for me to adjust This Reading Mama’s curriculum to fit the needs of each of my boys.


I wrote our two sight words (a and the) at least 15 times each on sticky notes and put them all over the living room. My Three loved finding them and sorting them into two groups. What great reading practice this was for him!  Even if he can’t read the word the all by itself (he has not done this consistently), it was great practice in visual discrimination to sort the words by how they looked.


Finally, to reinforce our new sight word, I created four emergent readers for my Three and Four to read.  To get the books to look like the ones in this picture, assemble them this way:

  • Print pages 2-9 front to back (page 1 is my Terms of Use).
  • Cut across the horizontal center.
  • Insert one set of pages into the other, paying attention to the page numbers.
  • Staple with a  long-armed stapler.

This set of books, like my first set which featured the sight word a, is extremely basic.  For tips on how to read these books with your brand new reader, visit this post.

What might it sound like when you’re listening to your child read?

Here’s what it sounded like when my Four read this page (from The Pet Shop) to me:

rabbit page snip


Here’s what it sounded like when my Three read this page (from The Library) to me:

librarian snip

(Note: I’ve recently updated the books.  The book covers and inside images are now new and improved!  The words are the same as you see in these sample pages.)

In the download you’ll find

  • The Beach
  • The Library
  • The Playground
  • The Pet Store

Get your free set of books HERE.

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How to assemble:

(for a video tutorial, see this page)

      • Print pages 2-9 front to back (page 1 is my Terms of Use).  Print in color or grayscale.  
      • Cut across the horizontal center of each page.
      • Insert one set of pages into the other, paying attention to the page numbers.
      • Staple with a  long-armed stapler.

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Check out the rest of our collection! free printable sight word readers 80+

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  1. Roxanna Alcantra says

    Thank you so much for these emergent readers! They are wonderful and perfect for beginning readers!

  2. says

    Yay! You made the next set fast…you’ve had a busy week! Thanks for sharing these at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!!

  3. Jena says

    Thank you so much! My daughter is at the same point in The Reading Mama curriculum and this would be a great way for her to gain more practice with her sight words. Thank you for making this possible!

  4. Lois Tschaepe says

    My grandsons LOVED the readers for “a” – I know they’re going to love these as well! Thank you!

    • annageig says

      I’m so glad to hear it, Lois! I’ll have a set for the word “see” later this month — all four books will have a transportation theme.

  5. says

    Thank you! These are fantastic. Just printed a few to use with my twins. One is showing signs of reading readiness, so I think this will be a great tool. Thanks again!

  6. Aimee says

    I did the first set and the font was great. Now I am trying to print the second set and the letters are too close and touch each other making it more difficult to read. Is this something I am doing wrong, or is this a change you made?

  7. says

    You know your work on here will help me with my grandson..
    Even tho he is one he is smart…We teach him words we read to him and he trys to say
    some words…So I would like to thank you for letting me use your website….I know I will be here alot. Thanks again


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