Reading Kits

Build reading skills with a Siouxland Libraries reading kit. The kits are designed to help the beginning reader practice background knowledge, comprehension, decoding, and fluency. Each skill comes in two levels, New Reader and Developing Reader, with multiple kit options  in those levels.

New Reader Kits target readers at the very beginning of their learning-to-read journey, and Developing Reader Kits are meant to be the next step.

Skill New Reader Kits
Developing Reader Kits

Background Knowledge

Background knowledge refers to expanding a reader's knowledge of concepts and words so they can more successfully decode and comprehend a text. Children who have a larger vocabulary of words and concepts are more successful, independent readers.


Comprehension is the ability to understand the meaning of words on a page, as well as the strategies used to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words.


Decoding is the ability to use knowledge of letter sounds to accurately read a word. Most letters in the English language make more than one sound, so this can be a tricky skill to master.


Fluency is the ability to read smoothly and with expression. Readers with fluency have an easier time understanding what they're reading. It also makes reading more fun!

Webpage verbiage, reading kit contents, and reading kits resources--Credit: Denver Public Library