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Endless Phonics: Free Decodable Books Master List

If you want to read the 2020 archived version, you can do so below:





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.

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

Free Endless Phonics Decodable Readers

I'm so excited to share my own set of decodable readers with you. I have several different levels of decodables available as PDFs and am writing more! The link above will send you to the FREEBIES on my TPT store, which has the most up-to-date collection!
(You can also find my original page listing my Decodable Readers here on the blog.) 

The full list (decodable readers - free and non) is on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

At the moment most of the readers are for kiddos working on their Long Vowel sounds, as that's where my kiddos are at :) I have a few basic Short Vowel readers and am hoping to have more soon. 

For those of you in need of some quick practice, and endless phonics iterations, check out my text-only Decodable Silly Stories GeneratorYou'll get a new decodable mini-story every time you click! Good for beginning readers needing to hone their phonics skills. 

I'm also somewhat pathologically helpful (hah!) so let me know in the comments if there's a particular phoneme or phonics rule you'd like 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 and recently updated/re-illustrated decodables as PDFs on their site, following the Jolly Phonics sequence. They've recently updated their emergent readers but if you want, you can still get the old phonic books.

Half Pint Books

Short decodable books for beginning readers. My kiddo loves the cute illustrations and slapstick humor. 

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. They also have Cut-Up-And-Take-Home versions of the same books (you'll have to scroll a bit to find them on the page. Look for the "Short Vowels" section).

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 few 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.

Tennessee Department of Education Foundation Skills Curriculum Supplement - Decodables

The Tennessee Dept of Ed offers free, open-source curriculum materials for parents and teachers of  K-2 students. This includes decodable books. Some materials may draw from the CKLA curriculum linked earlier.

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.

Sound City Reading

A phonics program with decodable readers. There are several levels of decodables available: Short Vowels || Practice Stories for Beginning Readers || 

Text Project - Beginning Reads

Short decodable texts paired with photos for beginning readers.

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! There are several levels and options: Countdown: Level One || Blast: Level Two || HD: Level Three || Blitz: Level Four

Miss Winter's Bliss - Free Decodable Passages Sample

Short decodable passages with integrated reading comprehension and handwriting activities!

Decodables from West Virginia Phonics by Jessica Pasik

Decodable books on Google Slides. Note that these are designed to be printed and collated. The first slides should sit on top and the last slides on the bottom to get the page numbers in the right order. Some of the clip art seems to be missing so you may want to insert your own.

Tan Cat and Fat Rat ||  Tom  ||  Tim and Kip  ||  Hop and Jog  ||  Mutt and the Bug  ||  The Red Hen  || Chet and Chad  ||  Mack the Cat  ||  The King and Queen  ||  The Sled Club  ||  Kim and Flip  ||  Brad and the Frog

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. The phoneme sequence may not fit with some modern phonics programs, but if you are using a classic phonics sequence these may be perfect for you.

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.

Decodable Non-Fiction Readers - The Measured Mom

Decodable readers that are perfect for your non-fiction lover! These are for beginning readers as picture clues may make things too predictable for more advanced readers. Also check out her Sight Word readers!

Fun Phonics Readers Slideshare

Sample versions of the FunPhonics Readers available from the author online. 

Storyberries - Phonics

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

Hubbard's Cupboard

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

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. It may not be online for much longer as it was acquired by a parent company. If the link is broken, try here: The Lexile Hub or here: MetaMetrics

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 were at one time free, including a few books for older readers.

Whole Phonics

A free sample is available when you sign up!

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

Open Source Decodables

Decodable text passages (no pictures, but still good practice!)

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

Reading Elephant

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

SPIRE Resources

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

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!

Teachers Pay Teachers

There is a wealth of wonderful decodable material on TeachersPayTeachers. I haven't even had a chance to dig into a fraction of it! Some samples are available free.

More Lists ($):

These webpages have collected links to various sources of decodable text. While some may be free, many are available for a fee.

A great collection of links to decodables for various ages. 

Resources for decodable texts.

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 and List of 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 || KindergartenConnection  ||  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

    2. You DID say that it is available to teachers whose schools had paid for subscriptions.