The content of all Word by Word readers is based on extensive, diligent research into the most frequently used English words and structures. The key sight words and structures are presented gradually and systematically throughout the series. For example, all new words and structures are repeated at least 15 times subsequent to their first appearance in the series. This, together with the phonic emphasis contained in each book, ensures effective and rapid learning as well as maximum retention and comprehension. It is this very systematic control of vocabulary and structure that makes Word by Word graded readers unique.

All the books in the series have been extensively trialed and repeatedly improved over a period of many years and are now proven to be extremely effective in building functional literacy in children of many ages and nationalities, including the author's own children and his students in 7 different countries.

The series consists of 12 books in 6 levels:​

Level 1 
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Book 1: Lee and Pat 
Book 2: Lee and Pat like to Play 

Level 2   Now Available! 

Book 3: Lee and Pat go with Daddy 
Book 4: Lee and Pat go to School 

Level 3  
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Book 5: Lee has a Friend 
Book 6: Lee and Pat like Animals 

Level 4   
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Book 7: A Very Good Week 
Book 8: Let's go Shopping 
Level 5   
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Book 9: Pat's Birthday
Book 10: All About Animals 

Level 6   Now Available!
Book 11: Our World 
Book 12: All About People 

By the end of the series, the child will have learned to read and understand all of the most important English words and structures. At this point, the child will be functionally literate and fully capable of independent reading. 

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Word By Word:  English Readers

Graded English Readers for Children

Did you know that just 25 most commonly used words make up about one-third of all words written or spoken in English? The first 100 most frequently used words make up about one-half of all written and spoken English. By the end of the 12-book Word by Word series, children will have learned the 1,000 most frequently used words which comprise more than 95% of all written and spoken English.

"Possibly the most systematic, comprehensive and effective series of illustrated, graded readers ever produced!"