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Ministry of Education.

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Ready to Read

What's new?

Ready to Read is the core instructional reading series for students in years 1–3 working at curriculum levels 1 and 2. The high-quality texts offer multiple opportunities for learning, supporting students to become efficient readers. In particular, the series supports students to read, respond, and think critically. The series reflects a wide range of cultures. Some books also affirm the experiences of students with special education needs.

At year 3, the series is complemented by the Junior Journal. The Junior Journal series bridges the gap between the individual Ready to Read texts and the miscellany format of the School Journal.

Colour wheel.

A colour wheel is located on the back of each guided reading book, providing information about the suggested reading level.

The Ready to Read series has four components. The student texts for guided and shared reading are distributed free to all New Zealand schools with junior classes. The audio and the teacher support materials are available to download.

Guided reading texts

Guided reading texts are crafted and levelled to present students with appropriate literacy learning challenges. In this section you will find teacher support materials and audio files to support the texts.

Shared reading texts

Shared reading texts provide opportunities for students to share in joyful, lively reading experiences at levels above what they can access for themselves.  Teacher support materials and audio files available for download can be found on this page.

NZSL reading resources

Selected Ready to Read titles are now available as e-books for sign language users.

The theory behind Ready to Read

The Ready to Read series is underpinned by The NZC and Effective Literacy Practice in Years 1 to 4.

Ready to Read in literacy programmes

The Ready to Read series is a key component of effective literacy programmes in years 1–3.

The Ready to Read series has been revised over the years.  The history of Ready to Read provides information about these revisions, including some key recent changes.

Updated on: 01 Jul 2016

Information for educational illustrators, photographers and writers

On 3 March 2014 at an information evening at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Ministry of Education, and Lift Education provided illustrators, photographers, and writers with information about how to contribute to the Instructional Series of resources (Ready to Read, the Junior Journalthe School Journal, the School Journal Story Library, and Connected).

Select this link if you would like to view the presentations, see a handout about contributing to the Instructional Series, or read the frequently asked questions.