At a glance

Year Levels

Years F-3

Editions

  • Assessment
  • Shared reading
  • Guided reading
  • Independent reading

Resource available

  • Student books
  • Teaching support on Oxford Owl: Guided reading notes, activity sheets, reading records
  • Oxford Wordlist resources

Oxford Literacy helps students learn to read, build reading fluency, and encourages reading for practice and pleasure. The books support students by reflecting their interests and using words from the Oxford Wordlist, a contemporary high-frequency wordlist researched and developed in Australia. The titles are levelled to build students’ confidence and help them progress.


Oxford Literacy for students includes:

  • a range of fiction and non-fiction titles  
  • non-fiction titles written for the Australian Curriculum: English, history, science and mathematics, making reading even more meaningful and relevant (levels 1–23)    
  • recurring characters  
  • ebook versions of most titles available on Oxford Owl.  

Oxford Literacy for teachers includes:

  • The Oxford Literacy guided reading notes allow educators to use the series in the classroom in a small-group context. These guided reading notes enable educators to offer scaffolded support to students, providing opportunities for students to apply reading strategies as they move towards reading independence.  
  • Each Oxford Literacy book has one activity sheet.  
  • Each Oxford Literacy book has one reading record sheet that can be downloaded from Oxford Owl.

Click the links below to learn more about the resources that make up Oxford Literacy.

Oxford Literacy Assess
Oxford Literacy Guided Reading
Oxford Literacy Independent

Oxford Literacy Guided Reading

The Oxford Literacy guided reading books for levels 1–30 have been designed for the first three years of school. The books support students by using their language and reflecting their interests, and include words from the Oxford Wordlist, the most up-to-date Australian research.

Student versions

The Oxford Literacy student text versions include:

  • A range of fiction and non-fiction titles
  • Non-fiction titles written for Australian Curriculum: English, History, Science and Mathematics, making reading even more meaningful and relevant (levels 1–23)
  • A range of fonts and visual devices, all with appropriate support
  • A language focus that corresponds to both the Oxford Wordlist and the Oxford Wordlist Plus.
  • Recurring Oxford Literacy characters.

Teaching versions

The Oxford Literacy guided reading texts have corresponding teaching versions that provide scaffolding to lead teachers through guided reading sessions. The teaching versions include:

  • A focus on developing students’ abilities to draw on meaning, structural and visual (MSV) information as they read for understanding (levels 1–17)
  • A focus on making connections to background knowledge to assist in comprehension of new information and vocabulary (levels 18–23)
  • A building comprehension card designed to assist students in the development of comprehension strategies (levels 24–30)

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Oxford Literacy Independent

Oxford Literacy Independent helps students build reading fluency and encourages reading for pleasure. The books support students by reflecting their interests and using words from the Oxford Wordlist. The titles are finely levelled to build students’ confidence and help them progress.

Oxford Literacy Independent includes:

  • finely levelled books for levels 1–30
  • fun fiction titles full of adventures and recurring characters
  • high-interest, contemporary non-fiction titles that blend photos, diagrams and narrative-style artwork.
  • ebook versions that offer rich online reading experiences at school and at home.

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