Basic English Reading

Enjoy our collection of easy online texts and short stories for children and adult beginners of English. Each text is accompanied by a vocabulary list and a reading comprehension quiz with answersFree to English learners and their teachers (for ESL and EFL classes).

| Taura Shaw | Basic Reading

The Snowman

Granny Simpkin lived all by herself in a very busy town. Every day people went by her house on their way to work. But no one came to see her, and Granny Simpkin was lonely.
| Taura Shaw | Basic Reading

Katie's New School

Pa Purrkins is taking Katie kitten to school. It is her first day, and Katie wonders what school will be like. She feels worried and excited at the same time.
| Taura Shaw | Basic Reading

The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse

One day, a Town Mouse went to visit his cousin in the country. The Country Mouse loved his town cousin and made him welcome.
| Taura Shaw | Basic Reading

The Silly Billies

One morning Mrs. Goat says to her billy kids, “I want you to go to the shops for me.” Mrs. Goat writes down the things she wants them to buy.
| Taura Shaw | Basic Reading

The Good Idea

Three little mice called Hop, Skip and Jumpy were having a meeting one night. They were trying to think what to do about Big Ginger, the cat.
| Taura Shaw | Basic Reading

The Hat and the Tum Tum Tree

One day Mr. Bear is walking outside in the park. Suddenly the wind blows his nice new hat to the top of the Tum Tum tree.
| Taura Shaw | Basic Reading

A Birthday Cake

It’s Little Bear’s birthday today and Mrs. Bear is baking a cake. She mixes eggs, flour, sugar and lots of butter in a bowl.


Popular Stories

A Birthday Cake
An easy story for beginning ESL students called A Birthday Cake
Little Bear celebrates his birthday today. Find out what his mom made for him.
The Snowman
An easy story for beginning ESL students called The Snowman
Granny Simpkin was lonely, so she made friends with a Snowman.
The Good Idea
An easy story for beginning ESL students called The Good Idea
Three little mice had a good idea on what to do about Big Ginger, the cat.
The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse
An easy story for beginning ESL students called The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse
Two cousins (yes, they are mice) visited each other's homes. What did not go well?
The Hat and the Tum Tum Tree
An easy story for beginning ESL students called The Hat and the Tum Tum Tree
The wind blows Mr. Bear's hat to the top of a Tum Tum tree. Who will help him?
The Silly Billies
An easy story for beginning ESL students called The Silly Billies
Mrs. Goat sends her billy kids to the store to buy some things for her.
Katie's New School
An easy story for beginning ESL students called Katie's New School
Read about Kitten Katie's first day of school. It was fun!



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