Graded readers are a good resources for extensive reading, at least for people who are not yet sufficiently proficient to read texts written for native speakers of the target language.

We have graded readers for many languages, like for German.

What are good (preferably free) online graded reader resources for English?

As suggested in comments, I looked on ELL, and I found only two suggestions, both closed questions:

So obviously people on ELL know their English, but do not know how to learn it better. We do. :-)

  • Good question. I imagine this would be very helpful on ELL as well.
    – fi12
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 1:46
  • @fi12 Sure, but we don't want to migrate questions away to other sites if they are useful and on topic here.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 11:34

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I normally look for physical books or e-books when I look for graded readers, but there are a number of online resources that you can use.

News in Levels is a website with an Android App and a YouTube channel that provides news stories in three levels. According to the sites home page,

Level 1 has the 1000 most important words. Level 2 has the 2000 most important words, Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.

(A related site is Jokes in Levels, which also has a YouTube channnel, but the focus of these resources is listening practice, not reading.)

The website ESL Fast also has reading materials as various levels (six levels). The webpages also contain an audio version of the text (spoken in American English).



  • Lit2Go - excellent resource of graded readers on various topics, all with audio.
  • aj3000 - Teaching English blog with new material regularly added
  • e-books (with audio in US English) - provided US Department of State as resource for teachers of English (thank you, US taxpayers)
  • Voice of America has Learn English section with articles in 3 levels, with audio.

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