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Free and Affordable Decodable Readers

If you know me, you know I love decodable readers. They're so helpful when teaching kids to read. I can't get enough of them! 

If you're looking for decodable texts, but don't want to break the bank, there are a number available online for free, by donation, or at a very low cost.

Check out my master list of decodable books below! The decodables in this list are in a variety of digital formats (PDF, PPT, online), and are written with a variety of phonics scope and sequence progressions in mind. Hopefully you can find a controlled text that suits your needs.  

Please drop me a comment if you know of any phonics books I've missed!

Free Decodables

My Decodable Readers

I'm so excited to share my own set of decodable readers with you. I have several different levels of decodables available on this site as PDFs and am constantly working on more. I'm also somewhat pathologically helpful (haha!) so let me know in the comments if there's a particular phoneme or phonics rule you'd love to see a book for. I'd love to help you out!

CKLA - Student Readers

Core Knowledge has an amazing, 100% free Language Arts curriculum, including a decodable Student Reader series available as a free PDF when you sign up. 

SPELD-SA Phonic Books

The Specific Learning Disabilites Association of South Australia has over 100 free decodables as PDFs on their site, following the Jolly Phonics sequence.

Starfall Learn To Read Books

Starfall Academy offers a series of 15 free online phonics books. The set linked above are interactive and not downloadable, but do have the added feature that your child can click to hear the words read aloud. This link will take you to Cut-Up-And-Take-Home versions of the same books (you'll have to scroll a bit to find them on the page).

Progressive Phonics Beginner Books

This series of phonics books is a read-together (aka "shared reader") series available as PDFs. You'll read most of the text, while your child will read the larger words that fit the target phonemes they're learning. While they contain color, they have a great deal of white space and would be printable.

Friends on the Block

While not all the books on this site are free, the above is a link to a set of 15 free read-together books.

Decodable Books Written By Teachers

Dr. Bruce Murray (aka the ReadingGenie) hosts a webpage where teachers share Decodable Readers they've written as free Powerpoint files. Some may be suitable for printing.

Phonics Play Comics

Decodables written as comic strips!

Free Phonetic Readers

A series of black-and-white printable, colorable, and highly decodable readers!

Fun Phonics Free Book Series

Another great series of black-and-white printable phonics books and worksheets.

Text Project - Beginning Reads

Short decodable texts paired with photos for beginning readers.

Storyberries - Phonics

A few of the books on the Storyberries free bedtime stories website are decodables!

Really Great Reading - Decodable Passages

These aren't books so much as collections of decodable paragraphs in printable PDF format, but still great for practice!

Decodables from West Virginia Phonics by Jessica Pasik

Among other links on this page, you can find a dozen decodable texts as PPT slides!

I See Sam

A series of simple phonics books from the 1970s (out of print and now available as free PDFs) with repetitive text for practice, and the narrative driven by the illustrations.

This link will take you to the Updated online Version that is currently available for free during COVID.

Free Word Family Books - This Reading Mama

You'll have to do a bit of digging and scrolling to find all the free printable gems, but Becky has written quite a number of free decodable readers! The stories are interspersed with a fair dose of high frequency words as well.

Hubbard's Cupboard

A nice set of simple decodable books for beginning readers. Repeat sentence structures and "clue" type pictures may be too predictable for later readers.

Half Pint Books

These are really adorable decodable books. However, like the above series, they may be a bit too predictable for some uses.

Elemeno Decodables Search

This website is a fabulous decodable books search engine with links to decodables of all sorts (some free, some paid). You can search by price, publisher, or number of words.

Publishers with Free Decodable Book Samples

A few publishers offer free samples of some of their decodable books online!

All About Reading - Samples

All About Reading is a full synthetic phonics program available for purchase, but they also offer several decodable stories for free.

Laughing Ogre Press - Samples

Laughing Ogre Press offers a few of their cute decodable readers as free downloads! Here are direct links to the free ones: Cal || Miss Kim

Fantastic Phonics Books - Samples

The first five are free. However, they do use some repeat sentence structures that might lead children to guess the word rather than sound it out.

SuperBooks - Samples

Several books are available to read online for free

Phonic Books - Moon Dogs at Home - Samples

A few free decodable novellas for older readers!

Piper Books

Several decodables are free, including a few books for older readers.

You may find more free samples here: EPS - School Specialty Samples

Temporarily Free Decodable Books

This is a list of books that were made free during the COVID pandemic in 2020. They may only be available for a limited period of time.

Flyleaf Online Materials Portal

These very popular decodables are available for free as online ebooks through the 2020-2021 school year.

SPIRE Resources

Decodable Readers, Lesson Plans, and Workbooks are all available for free for those who have paid for SPIRE curricula during COVID.

Reading Teacher

This program is currently free due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reading Elephant

You can purchase the collection of printable phonics books, or try the samples in the link above.

Affordable Decodable Readers

Dog on a Log

Dog on a Log is a series of nearly 100 decodable readers. Many of the stories are available at several levels: some quite short for just-starting-out readers, as well others for children able to handle slightly longer books with 300+ words. ( A few are available free here )

Decodable Adventures

If you're in search of decodable books designed for older readers, then check out this series!

Additional Resources:

Online books, printables, online learning, and phonics resources. Some are free resources, others are not. I haven't reviewed all of these yet, but maybe you'll find something that helps you.

The Measured Mom Free Kindergarten Printables and Free Printable Phonics Books || Kastner Collection || This Reading Mama: Free Printables and Learning Activities for Homeschooling  - and Free Phonics Activities  and Phonics Books || A Teachable Teacher Free Phonics Bundles || Homeschooling Down Under : Learning to Read Books || Stephen Parker || Mommy Shorts: Quarantine Learning Resources || Miss Kindergarten Free At Home Learning Resources for Reading || Money Saving Mom : Free Quarantine School Resources || Spelfabet: Decodable Books list || UF Literacy Institute - Connected Texts ||  ThinkCentral || Mark Revis's Phonics Books || Oxford owl (requires login) || The Reading League Decodables List 2020 || Geniebooks || Free Decodable Books Rollup || IDA Ontario || FreeReading || Sound City Reading || Elemeno || Text Project || EPS - School Specialty Samples || Kastner Collection Decodables Links || Stephen Parker - Free Phonics Instructional Book for Parents || Id Ontario

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  1. If you read the SPIRE disclaimer, they have been made available for schools who have paid for SPIRE. It is always helpful to find free resources but teachers should be examples of honesty.

    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you for catching that! Someone sent me the link but clearly I didn't read the pop-up window thoroughly enough. I've amended the language and the link accordingly to reflect that these are for those who have already purchased SPIRE. <3