The Sunrise Readers Reading Scheme consists of the revised Sunrise Readers books 1–10, and the original books 11–20, followed by the Sunrise Readers Blue and Red books for later grades.  

By the time learners have completed Sunrise Readers Book 5, a very basic foundation for reading will have been laid. The Look and say and Whole sentence approaches to teaching reading will be giving way to the thorough and systematic teaching of phonics, which has been happening alongside. Children will still be introduced to sight words as laid out in this manual, but – if teachers have applied themselves efficiently to teaching phonics alongside word recognition skills – children will now be able to sound out and break down many words for themselves.

The popular Do This comprehension exercises are introduced from Book 6. Along with giving children essential practice, these exercises provide teachers with simple, useful assessments of the children’s understanding/comprehension of each story and of the vocabulary introduced. They also provide practice of phonic skills encountered in each story. Simple Do This exercises and teacher tips for Books 1–5 are available, along with other valuable resources, on our website.


“The Sunrise Readers have established a culture of reading in our country.”
Grade Two teacher in Zimbabwe

Sunrise Readers Books 1–7

The Sunrise Readers are a delightful series of carefully structured reading books to be used in the teaching of reading in the first years of a child’s education. The vocabulary accumulates gradually, and the children are soon reading lively, interesting stories that are written and selected for their character-building emphasis.

The Sunrise Readers are relevant to the child’s environment and experiences.

The following much-loved readers have been completely revised and updated: