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Best of holiday reading 2020: Lower levels

June 17, 2020 by Nóra Wünsch-Nagy

School is out, and while we want our students to relax and enjoy their free time, we'd also like them to keep their English up during these weeks and, who knows, maybe pick up some new words. We have long known that students who read, beat the summer slide. However, reading for fun also means giving your studnets the freedom of choosing the book they want at the right reading level for them.

To help you with book recommendations, we have collected some of our favourite holiday reads. They are listed by level and interest area. In this post we share titles for lower level readers (A1-A2). Check out this post for higher level readers (A2-B1).

The Helbling Readers Red Series are written for elementary to pre-intermediate (CEFR A1-A2) readers and are marked Levels 1-3. 

Science and science fiction


Interactive reading

Helbling Readers Red Series Fiction Maze Stories 

  • The Cat's Paw by Gavin Biggs, illustrated by Elisa Bellotti - Level 2 (CEFR A1/A2)
  • The Black Owl by Gavin Biggs, illustrated by Francesco Cattani - Level 3 (CEFR A2)
  • Summer School by Gavin Biggs, illustrated by Giovanni Abeille - Level 3 (CEFR A2)

Read our blog post about the series:

Be a detective

The Dan, the teenage the detective seriess

Dan 6 covers

Sherlock Holmes series

Original friendships

The Westbourne Kids series 

There are 12 titles about the adventures of the Westbourne Kids in the Helbling Readers Red Series Fiction Graphic Stories series.

All the titles were written by Martyn Hobbs and illustrated by Lorenzo Sabbatini.

westbourne kids
The Wesbourne Kids. Illustration by Lorenzo Sabbatini. © Helbling Languages

Classic adventures

Classic journeys

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Geraldine Sweeney, illustrated by Marzia Sanfilippo - Level 1 (CEFR A1)
  • The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, adapted by Jennifer Gascoigne, illustrated by Lorenzo Sabbatini - Level 1 (CEFR A1)
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, adapted by Jennifer Gascoigne, illustrated by Arianna Vairo - Level 2 (CEFR A1/A2)
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, adapted by Beverley Young, illustrated by Michele Rocchetti - Level 3 (CEFR A2)


Classic friendships

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnettadapted by Geraldine Sweeney, illustrated by Caterina Baldi - Level 2 (CEFR A1/A2)
  • Mowgli's Brothers by Jonathan Swift, adapted by Maria Cleary, illustrated by Roberto Tomei - Level 2 (CEFR A1/A2)
  • Anne of Green Gables - Anne arrives by Lucy Maud Montgomeryadapted by Nicole Harrick, illustrated by Arianna Operamolla - Level 2 (CEFR A1/A2)
  • Anne of Green Gables - Anne grows up by Lucy Maud Montgomeryadapted by Nicole Harrick, illustrated by Arianna Operamolla - Level 3 (CEFR A2)

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