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The Ultimate Guide to Free Graded Reader eBooks: McGuffey, Elson and MORE!

McGuffey was our starting point. Finding the McGuffey Readers online was like discovering hidden treasure. Treasure from the past aiding us in the present. Thanks to technology McGuffey, Elson, Treadwell, Baldwin and other readers have been dusted off and placed on modern electronic shelves.  I marvel at the idea of a student in the latter 1800’s and early 1900’s holding a printed copy of these books in their hands. They would have turned printed pages as vocabulary, sentence structure and passage length increased. Old books in new hands. New readers experiencing new lands.

Ultimate Guide FREE Graded Reader eBooks McGuffey, Elson and MORE

With 24 graded reader series including over 200 books I invite you to join along on the reading journey. To aid your navigation into these readers I’ve created a guide to get your started. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy!

Your Guide to Navigating the Graded Reader eBooks Ultimate List

  • The series are listed below with a link to take you to the books.
  • At the bottom of each series is a link “Return to List” which will bring you back to the main list.
  • Each series has four screenshots representing the books. The name of the series, book and page number are included to give you a feel of the books included.
  • Under the screenshots you will find the list of books.
  • The copyright date is included to assist if you wish to view older books first. Some series have multiple versions of a book and the copyright allows you to differentiate between them.
  • Click on the link of a book or it’s image to be taken to its Google Book page.
  • If you have Google Play Books you can click the “EBOOK-FREE” link to add it to your bookshelf.
  • If you wish to download the book directly without using Google Play Books, click on the gear located at the top right hand corner of the book page. A drop down menu will appear. Select your download option from this menu.
  • Many books can be downloaded in PDF and EPUB format.
  • Happy reading!

 

Graded Reader eBook Series

 

Aldine Readers

Aldine Readers-Primer (pg. 10)

Aldine Readers-Primer (pg. 10)

Aldine Readers-First Reader (pg. 4)

Aldine Readers-First Reader (pg. 4)

Aldine Readers-Second Reader (pg. 12)

Aldine Readers-Second Reader (pg. 12)

Aldine Readers-Third Reader (pg. 3)

Aldine Readers-Third Reader (pg. 3)

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Analytical Readers

Analytical Readers-Second Reader (pg. 13)

Analytical Readers-Second Reader (pg. 13)

Analytical Readers-Third Reader (pg. 15)

Analytical Readers-Third Reader (pg. 15)

Analytical Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 12)

Analytical Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 12)

Analytical Readers-Fifth Reader (pg. 51)

Analytical Readers-Fifth Reader (pg. 51)

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Appletons’ School Readers

Appletons' School Readers-First School Reader (pg. 10)

Appletons’ School Readers-First School Reader (pg. 10)

Appletons' School Readers-Second School Reader (pg. 9)

Appletons’ School Readers-Second School Reader (pg. 9)

Appletons' School Readers-Third School Reader (pg. 5)

Appletons’ School Readers-Third School Reader (pg. 5)

Appletons' School Readers-Fourth School Reader (pg. 10)

Appletons’ School Readers-Fourth School Reader (pg. 10)

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Baldwin-School Reading by Grades

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-First Year (pg. 5)

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-First Year (pg. 5)

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-Second Year (pg. 5)

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-Second Year (pg. 5)

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-Third Year (pg. 5)

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-Third Year (pg. 5)

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-Fourth Year (pg. 11)

Baldwin-School Reading by Grades-Fourth Year (pg. 11)

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Beacon Series

Beacon Reading: A Manual of Instructions for Teachers Using the Beacon Readers (pg. vii)

Beacon Reading: A Manual of Instructions for Teachers Using the Beacon Readers (pg. vii)

Beacon Series-Primer (pg. 1)

Beacon Series-Primer (pg. 1)

Beacon Series-Second Reader (pg. 7)

Beacon Series-Second Reader (pg. 7)

Beacon Series-Third Reader (pg. 7)

Beacon Series-Third Reader (pg. 7)

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Carroll-Brooks Readers

Carroll-Brooks Readers: Primer (pg. 8)

Carroll-Brooks Readers: Primer (pg. 8)

Carroll-Brooks Readers: First Reader (pg. 9)

Carroll-Brooks Readers: First Reader (pg. 9)

Carroll-Brooks Readers: Second Reader (pg. 7)

Carroll-Brooks Readers: Second Reader (pg. 7)

Carroll-Brooks Readers: Third Reader (pg. 7)

Carroll-Brooks Readers: Third Reader (pg. 7)

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The Child’s World Readers

The Child's World Readers-Primer (pg. 4)

The Child’s World Readers-Primer (pg. 4)

The Child's World Readers-First Reader (pg. 4)

The Child’s World Readers-First Reader (pg. 4)

The Child's World Readers-Second Reader (pg. 9)

The Child’s World Readers-Second Reader (pg. 9)

The Child's World Readers-Third Reader (pg. 8)

The Child’s World Readers-Third Reader (pg. 8)

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Classics for Children

Classics for Children-Second Reader (pg. 1)

Classics for Children-Second Reader (pg. 1)

Classics for Children-Third Reader (pg. 1)

Classics for Children-Third Reader (pg. 1)

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The Elson Readers

The Elson Readers-Primer (pg. 7)

The Elson Readers-Primer (pg. 7)

The Elson Readers-Book One (pg. 7)

The Elson Readers-Book One (pg. 7)

The Elson Readers-Book Two (pg. 7)

The Elson Readers-Book Two (pg. 7)

The Elson Readers-Book Three (pg. 7)

The Elson Readers-Book Three (pg. 7)

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The Franklin Readers

The Franklin Readers-Primer and First Reader (pg. 7)

The Franklin Readers-Primer and First Reader (pg. 7)

The Franklin Readers-Second Reader (pg. 23)

The Franklin Readers-Second Reader (pg. 23)

The Franklin Readers-Third Reader (pg. 17)

The Franklin Readers-Third Reader (pg. 17)

The Franklin Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 31)

The Franklin Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 31)

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The Golden Rule Series

The Golden Ladder Book (pg. 2)

The Golden Ladder Book (pg. 2)

The Golden Path Book (pg. 1)

The Golden Path Book (pg. 1)

The Golden Door Book (pg. 1)

The Golden Door Book (pg. 1)

The Golden Key Book (pg. 1)

The Golden Key Book (pg. 1)

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Graded Literature Readers

Graded Literature Readers-First Book (pg. 9)

Graded Literature Readers-First Book (pg. 9)

Graded Literature Readers-Second Book (pg. 8)

Graded Literature Readers-Second Book (pg. 8)

Graded Literature Readers-Third Book (pg. 9)

Graded Literature Readers-Third Book (pg. 9)

Graded Literature Readers-Fourth Book (pg. 11)

Graded Literature Readers-Fourth Book (pg. 11)

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Holton-Curry Readers

Holton-Curry Readers-Primer (pg. 4)

Holton-Curry Readers-Primer (pg. 4)

Holton-Curry Readers-The First Reader (pg. 5)

Holton-Curry Readers-The First Reader (pg. 5)

Holton-Curry Readers-The Second Reader (pg. 9)

Holton-Curry Readers-The Second Reader (pg. 9)

Holton-Curry Readers-The Third Reader (pg. 9)

Holton-Curry Readers-The Third Reader (pg. 9)

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Independent Readers

Independent Readers-Primer (pg. 9)

Independent Readers-Primer (pg. 9)

Independent Readers-First Reader (pg. 6)

Independent Readers-First Reader (pg. 6)

Independent Readers-Second Reader (pg. 11)

Independent Readers-Second Reader (pg. 11)

Independent Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 14)

Independent Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 14)

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Kendall Series of Readers

Kendall Series of Readers-Primer (pg. 1)

Kendall Series of Readers-Primer (pg. 1)

Kendall Series of Readers-First Reader (pg. 1)

Kendall Series of Readers-First Reader (pg. 1)

Kendall Series of Readers-Second Reader (pg. 1)

Kendall Series of Readers-Second Reader (pg. 1)

Kendall Series of Readers-Third Reader (pg. 1)

Kendall Series of Readers-Third Reader (pg. 1)

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McGuffey Readers

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader: For Little Children (1857) - pg. 8

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader: For Little Children (1857) – pg. 8

McGuffey’s 1st Eclectic Reader: For Young Learners (1885)- pg. 11

McGuffey’s 1st Eclectic Reader: For Young Learners (1885)- pg. 11

New Second Reader (1901)- pg. 9

New Second Reader (1901)- pg. 9

McGuffey’s 3rd Eclectic Reader Revised (1879)- pg. 13

McGuffey’s 3rd Eclectic Reader Revised (1879)- pg. 13

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Metcalf-Call Readers

Metcalf-Call Readers-First Reader (pg. 1)

Metcalf-Call Readers-First Reader (pg. 1)

Metcalf-Call Readers-Second Reader (pg. 3)

Metcalf-Call Readers-Second Reader (pg. 3)

Metcalf-Call Readers-Third Reader (pg. 1)

Metcalf-Call Readers-Third Reader (pg. 1)

Metcalf-Call Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 1)

Metcalf-Call Readers-Fourth Reader (pg. 1)

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Monroe’s Readers

Monroe's Readers-New Primer (pg. 11)

Monroe’s Readers-New Primer (pg. 11)

Monroe's Readers-New First Reader (pg. 9)

Monroe’s Readers-New First Reader (pg. 9)

Monroe's Readers-Second Reader (pg. 13)

Monroe’s Readers-Second Reader (pg. 13)

Monroe's Readers-Third Reader (pg. 13)

Monroe’s Readers-Third Reader (pg. 13)

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The New Century

The New Century-First Reader (pg. 11)

The New Century-First Reader (pg. 11)

The New Century-Second Reader (pg. 9)

The New Century-Second Reader (pg. 9)

The New Century-Third Reader (pg. 11)

The New Century-Third Reader (pg. 11)

The New Century-Fourth Reader (pg. 9)

The New Century-Fourth Reader (pg. 9)

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Reading with Expression

Reading with Expression-Second Reader (pg. 9)

Reading with Expression-Second Reader (pg. 9)

Reading with Expression-Fourth Reader (pg. 11)

Reading with Expression-Fourth Reader (pg. 11)

Reading with Expression-Fifth Reader (pg. 11)

Reading with Expression-Fifth Reader (pg. 11)

Reading with Expression-Sixth Reader (pg. 11)

Reading with Expression-Sixth Reader (pg. 11)

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Sanders’ Series

Sanders' Series-Pictorial Primer (pg. 6)

Sanders’ Series-Pictorial Primer (pg. 6)

Sanders' Series-School Reader: First Book-New Series (pg. 9)

Sanders’ Series-School Reader: First Book-New Series (pg. 9)

Sanders' Series-School Reader: Second Book (pg. 13)

Sanders’ Series-School Reader: Second Book (pg. 13)

Sanders' Series-School Reader: Fourth Book (pg. 13)

Sanders’ Series-School Reader: Fourth Book (pg. 13)

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The Summers Readers

The Summers Readers-Primer (pg. 6)

The Summers Readers-Primer (pg. 6)

The Summers Readers-First Reader (pg. 5)

The Summers Readers-First Reader (pg. 5)

The Summers Readers-Second Reader (pg. 11)

The Summers Readers-Second Reader (pg. 11)

The Summers Readers-Third Reader (pg. 5)

The Summers Readers-Third Reader (pg. 5)

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Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-Primer (pg, 2)

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-Primer (pg, 2)

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-First Reader (pg. 1)

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-First Reader (pg. 1)

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-Second Reader (pg. 11)

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-Second Reader (pg. 11)

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-Third Reader (pg. 11)

Treadwell: Reading-Literature Series-Third Reader (pg. 11)

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Wheeler’s Graded Readers

Wheeler's Graded Readers-Primer (pg. 8)

Wheeler’s Graded Readers-Primer (pg. 8)

Wheeler's Graded Readers-First Reader (pg. 7)

Wheeler’s Graded Readers-First Reader (pg. 7)

Wheeler's Graded Readers-Second Reader (pg. 9)

Wheeler’s Graded Readers-Second Reader (pg. 9)

Wheeler's Graded Readers-Third Reader (pg. 11)

Wheeler’s Graded Readers-Third Reader (pg. 11)

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BONUS

The Louisa Alcott Reader: A Supplementary Reader for the Fourth Year of School (pg. 7)

The Louisa Alcott Reader: A Supplementary Reader for the Fourth Year of School (pg. 7)

The Kipling Reader for Elementary Grades (pg. 3)

The Kipling Reader for Elementary Grades (pg. 3)

The Kipling Reader for Upper Grades (pg. 3)

The Kipling Reader for Upper Grades (pg. 3)

Robert Louis Stevenson Reader (pg. 6)

Robert Louis Stevenson Reader (pg. 6)

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Whew! I wish I had time to read all of these, but as you know homeschooling calls! Please share the ebooks from this list you like the best-with us all working together we can have an incredible learning journey. Thanks!

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8 Replies

  1. Bless your heart for putting such an extensive list together! This is superb and I know that I will drink many cups of coffee while perusing. Thank you again.

    1. You are so welcome Jessica! I’m glad they will be of benefit to you. I had a wonderful time researching the books and doing a happy dance for each find. Yep, a lot of happy dances happened with this post!

  2. Sandy

    Wow! Thank you so much for providing these links. These books were recommended by a few parents who used them for reading instruction. They felt the public school system failed their children and credited the McGuffey series for helping their children learn to read.

  3. Courtney

    I feel like I just stumbled upon a gold mine! Thank you for this list! May I ask which readers have been your favorites?

    1. Fantastic Courtney! We have enjoyed books from McGuffey Readers series, so they are our favorites. 🙂

  4. Sarah

    This is awesome! Thankyou!

  5. Kate

    Thank you so much for gathering all of these in one place. We have just finished McGuffey 6, so it is great to find other options!

  6. Marci

    This list is amazing! I can’t even count how many people I have recommended it to. Thank you so much!

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