Reading Kits

Build reading skills with a Siouxland Libraries reading kit.
These kits are designed to help beginning readers develop and practice core reading skills: 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 the next step in building strong readers. 

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.

New Reader Background

Developing Reader Background


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.

New Reader Comprehension

Developing Reader Comprehension


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.

New Reader Decoding

Developing Reader Decoding


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!

New Reader Fluency

Developing Reader Fluency

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