Encourage your students to read with the Book of the Month. Each month, we’ll highlight an Oxford Graded Reader title with additional resources, so you can easily facilitate reading in English. You can also tell us what book you’d like to see featured by voting below. Let’s get reading!


The First Flying Man (A1/A2)

‘I want to fly later this year.’ ‘So it’s a race,’ laughs Lagari. ‘Yes,’ smiles Hezarfen. The time is the 1630s. Sultan Murat IV rules the Ottoman Empire. Two Istanbul brothers – Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi and Lagari Hasan – dream of flying. Which of them can be the first flying man? And what does the Sultan give to the winner of the race? Read this story and find the answers.

Retold by Elspeth Rawstron

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‘Now what?’ Ali asks.

‘I understand more. The design of my wings needs to be different – bigger and better. But that can wait,’ Hezarfen says. ‘Right now I must go and see the District Chief of Galata.’

‘Galata!’ Mehmet cries. ‘Why?’

‘I want to fly from the Galata Tower. So I need his permission for that.’

‘Forget it! The district chief never asks people into his office!’ Ali says.

‘Let’s see,’ Hezarfen cries. ‘Come on!’ And he and his friends take a boat across the Bosphorus.

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Blackbeard (Starter - A1) cover

Blackbeard (Starter - A1)

The year is 1717. It is a bad time to be the captain of a ship in the Caribbean because of pirates. The most frightening pirate on the sea is Edward Teach, or ‘Blackbeard’. ‘The Governor of Virginia wants us all dead!’ Blackbeard thinks. ‘But can he kill me – the most famous pirate in the Caribbean? No!’ This is his story…

For those who want to read something from the same level.

The Travels of Ibn Battuta (Level 1 – A1/A2)

The Travels of Ibn Battuta (Level 1 – A1/A2)

My first journey was a pilgrimage to Makkah. I got on a donkey and said “Goodbye” to my parents in Tangier when I was 21. My mother cried.’ In this way Ibn Battuta, one of the greatest travellers in the world, begins telling his story to his nephew, Ahmed. His many journeys take him to new and interesting places far from home. He sees many strange and wonderful things, has many funny and frightening experiences, and meets many different people along the way. This is his story…

For those who want to read something a little harder.

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How To Turn Reading Into A Habit

“The first thing you need to do is to ensure buy-in. Experts agree that trying to get people to do something they do not really want is bound to backfire. Students have to want to start reading and you can help whet their appetite by showing them some great readers by engaging them in discovery activities and by getting them to choose which one they want to read”.

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