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Usborne books for English as a second language

Scroll down to see our English Readers and English Learners Editions developed especially for speakers of English as a second or other language, and our illustrated words books for developing vocabulary.

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Usborne English Readers: The Jungle Book

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This is a must-read classic story for children that shows people sometimes focus too much on their own worlds and seem silly. It is well retold by the author of this version, and is written in easy English according to the CEFR level 1. Language Learner Literature Award judges on The Emperor's New Clothes

Learn English as a second language

Generations of children have built their basic vocabulary with Usborne's entertaining word books. See a selection of our titles that are particularly useful for learning English below.

Listen and learn first English words

Listen and learn first English words

A fun and interactive way for children to learn and listen to over 100 everyday English words spoken by a native speaker. Children will love selecting a card with illustrations of a topic such as clothes, food, or animals, slotting it into the book’s special frame and pressing an illustration to hear the word read aloud. Each of the four double-sided topic cards shows sixteen words with colourful corresponding pictures. A fun and engaging way for preschool children to learn English as either a first or second language.


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Ingenious... A sound investment for any child’s future learning. Lancaster Guardian review of Listen and Learn First English Words

English Learner's Editions

English Learner's Editions are part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. They come with CD recordings in British and American English and downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes.