English Story Books for Beginners (Level 2-3-4)

Improve your English with these downloadable English story books for beginners. There are level 2 and level 3 books for readers.

Level 2 English story books are with longer sentences and simple dialogues.

You will get more dialogues, different point of views with multi-syllable and compound words in level 3 English story books.

These classic story books will enrich your English and teach you many new words.

If you are an intermediate, advanced (A2,B1, B2,C1) English speaker, these English story books are perfect for you.

English Story Books

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MOBY DICK (Level 2)

  Download Moby Dick PDF

ROBIN HOOD (Level 2)

  Download Robin Hood PDF


  Download British Life PDF

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STARGATE (Level 3)

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ROMEO and JULIET (Level 3)

  Download Romeo and Juliet PDF

Gulliver’s Travels (Level 4)

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A dog's life

A Midsummer Night's Dream screenshot

A Midsummer Night's Dream

ABC Zoo screenshot

Ali and the magic carpet

Angel! Look out! screenshot

Angel! Look out!

Beatrix Potter screenshot

Beatrix Potter

Boudica screenshot

Buzz and Bob's big adventure

Circus escape screenshot

Circus escape

Dark, dark wood screenshot

Dark, dark wood

Dick Whittington screenshot

Dick Whittington

Dinosaur Dig screenshot

Dinosaur Dig

Elizabeth I screenshot

Elizabeth I

Emmeline Pankhurst screenshot

Emmeline Pankhurst

Eric the engine screenshot

Eric the engine

Florence Nightingale screenshot

Florence Nightingale

George and the dragon screenshot

George and the dragon

Goldilocks and the three bears screenshot

Goldilocks and the three bears

Hamlet screenshot

I couldn't believe my eyes

I'm too ill screenshot

I'm too ill

Isaac Newton screenshot

Isaac Newton

Jack and the beanstalk screenshot

Jack and the beanstalk

Little Red Riding Hood screenshot

Little Red Riding Hood

Macbeth screenshot

Monster shopping trip

Much Ado About Nothing screenshot

Much Ado About Nothing

My dad screenshot

My favourite clothes

My favourite day - Chinese New Year screenshot

My favourite day - Chinese New Year

My favourite day - Christmas screenshot

My favourite day - Christmas

My favourite day - Diwali screenshot

My favourite day - Diwali

My favourite day - Eid al-Fitr screenshot

My favourite day - Eid al-Fitr

My secret team screenshot

My secret team

Nessie - the Loch Ness Monster screenshot

Nessie - the Loch Ness Monster

No dogs! screenshot

One moment around the world

Our colourful world screenshot

Our colourful world

Planet Earth screenshot

Planet Earth

Pyramids in Paris screenshot

Pyramids in Paris

Ratty robs a bank screenshot

Ratty robs a bank

Record breakers screenshot

Record breakers

Robin Hood screenshot

Romeo and Juliet

Santa's little helper screenshot

Santa's little helper

Spycat screenshot

Superhero High

Teddy's adventure screenshot

Teddy's adventure

The animal shelter screenshot

The animal shelter

The bird king screenshot

The bird king

The clever monkey screenshot

The clever monkey

The cold planet screenshot

The cold planet

The first marathon screenshot

The first marathon

The great race screenshot

The great race

The greedy hippo screenshot

The greedy hippo

The haunted house screenshot

The haunted house

The hungry dragon screenshot

The hungry dragon

The lazy bear screenshot

The lazy bear

The lion and the mouse screenshot

The lion and the mouse

The lucky envelope screenshot

The lucky envelope

The lucky seed screenshot

The lucky seed

The lump of gold screenshot

The lump of gold

The magic fish screenshot

The magic fish

The magic paintbrush screenshot

The magic paintbrush

The magic spell screenshot

The magic spell

The mummy screenshot

The princess and the dragon

The Ramadan lantern story screenshot

The Ramadan lantern story

The sneaky rabbit screenshot

The sneaky rabbit

The snowman screenshot

The snowman

The story of quinine screenshot

The story of quinine

The treasure map screenshot

The treasure map

The ugly duckling screenshot

The ugly duckling

The voyage of the animal orchestra screenshot

The voyage of the animal orchestra

Twelfth Night screenshot

Twelfth Night

Twins' week screenshot

Twins' week

What will I be when I grow up? screenshot

What will I be when I grow up?

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What's that noise?

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Why Anansi has thin legs!

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William Shakespeare

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English Short Stories for Beginners (Also Suitable for Children)

English Short Stories for Beginners (Also Suitable for Children)

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425 pages of illustrated short stories, starting with the most basic words and sentences. The stories (151 pages) come with a complete workbook, full of exercises and illustrated activities (274 pages).

Please note all materials are delivered in digital form . This means you will be able to download and print them immediately.

Download a free sample chapter:

This package includes:.

1. English Short Stories for Beginners (151 pages of fully illustrated stories + Teacher's Guide + Word Lists) 

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2. English Short Stories for Beginners Illustrated Workbook (274 pages of exercises and illustrated activities + a full answer key)

short story books for beginners

3. A Special Bonus:  English Short Stories for Complete Beginners (54 pages)

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The English Short Stories for Beginners storybook consists of 4 different sections:

1. English Short Stories for Beginners, Level 1, Step A

Level 1

Start reading quickly and easily with these set of stories.

page 21

This booklet introduces and practices basic nouns and adjectives , as well as the word “a”. At first, all words are grouped based on their vowel sounds . Later on, this step introduces the difference between singular and plural nouns.

All words are basic and simple: 

  • Most contain a single syllable
  • There are no advanced spelling patterns such as the silent “e”, "ough", and "tion"
  • They have simple meanings

Each word is repeated many times.

This serves two purposes:

  • To practice reading it
  • To assist in remembering the meaning or translation

Each of the following steps provides further practice on the words and principles learned in the step(s) before. The goal is to gradually build up the student's vocabulary and reading skills.

2. English Short Stories for Beginners, Level 1, Step B

page 45

This step introduces and practices additional basic nouns and adjectives , as well as some key verbs .  The basic sentence structure is used for the first time.

3. English Short Stories for Beginners, Level 1, Step C

page 59

This step introduces and practices additional basic words , as well as key prepositions .   It also teaches the difference between "a" and "an" .

page 81

4. English Short Stories for Beginners, Level 2

Level 2

The illustrated adventures of Angela and Tom:

  • Basic, easy vocabulary
  • Easy spelling
  • Simple present tense only
  • Full word count is provided, and new words are specified for each story

page 148

The Illustrated Workbook

274 pages of exercises and illustrated activities + a full answer key.

Exercises include:

  • fill in the blank
  • remember which word
  • differentiation between confusing words
  • vowel spelling exercises
  • consonant spelling exercises
  • mixed spelling exercises
  • filling out words in sentences and stories
  • practicing word order in a sentence
  • forming negative sentences and questions
  • answering question sentences
  • a full answer key


Click here to view the Table of Contents

Save time and money.

Many teachers struggle to find the right stories for their students.

In the end, they either make their own stories (highly time-consuming), or buy imperfect stories and manage with them somehow. Save yourself the time and money, get this tailor-made package.

The Method Behind These Resources

What should beginners read.

There are many English short stories for English learners, but not many of them are suitable for complete beginners or children. Students who are taking their first steps after just learning the alphabet require a different approach.

What Should You Avoid?

Here are the common problems such students face with typical short stories:

  • too many new words to remember
  • boring stories

And this one is my "favorite" as a teacher:

  • words' spelling does not match the sounds of the letters the students have just learned!

A Real-Life Example:

The student has just learned that " e " is pronounced like the " e " in " e gg". The reading assignment, however, has words like "mak e " and "br e ak," where this is obviously not the case. This is a major source of confusion!  Naturally, there are specific spelling rules, and these can be explained, but  not at this stage .

This is why our resources are designed to build vocabulary, reading skills, and confidence in a step-by-step approach.

The most important thing is to get your students to assimilate the alphabet, while they are reading comfortably and building up their vocabulary, reading skills, and confidence. That is why this revolutionary set of stories exists:

  • To help you teach and practice reading easily and quickly
  • Build up the student's basic vocabulary
  • Make reading easy and fun, instead of difficult and frustrating

The stories are  fully illustrated and full of humor  --> a great recipe for fun lessons.

A Special Bonus – English Short Stories for Complete Beginners

English Short Stories for Beginners

Ideal for complete beginners or children  learning English:  

  • 54 pages long
  • Fully illustrated
  • Simple and easy

As mentioned before, it can be a real challenge to find stories and activities that are suitable for students. This is especially true if they are beginners. Most stories have at least some of the following flaws:

  • too advanced , or too complicated for beginners
  • hard to understand
  • not really interesting
  • contain idioms and other advanced vocabulary structures

These things tend to reduce the student's motivation and make lessons less effective. If you are facing these problems as a teacher, then it's good you found Really Learn English . My name is Ola Zur and I'm the founder of Really Learn English and the author of this special storybook.


Complete beginners are those learners who have just learned the alphabet, learned the basic simplified sounds of the letters and hardly have any vocabulary.

The next step for them is to read very short and simple stories.

However, most stories at this stage are either too complex or simply not interesting. I've searched extensively for such simple and interesting stories, but with very little success. Therefore, I began doing what many other teachers do – I prepared my own stories.

Max the dog

  • The students were much more motivated to learn and practice.
  • The lessons were more enjoyable and far more effective.

You don't have to do what I did!

That's right. You can take advantage of my work and use these simple yet funny stories in your lessons.

  • simple and easy stories
  • specifically designed for complete beginners
  • fully illustrated by the author to provide fun  visual aids
  • useful for teaching reading, basic sentence structure, and practicing the basic sounds of letters
  • funny and enjoyable
  • and above all: a great motivation booster!

What's special about this resource?

Max the dog

This storybook is ideal for:

  • ESL/EFL students on their first steps after learning the alphabet
  • Children learning English

It is not suitable for:

  • More advanced students who read very well and have a good basic vocabulary.


Additional special features:.

2) You can easily use print-outs of this storybook with your students.

  • Upon purchasing you are granted permission to print out or photocopy copies for your students. You can use these copies as lesson materials, class worksheets, homework assignments, quizzes, and tests.

Can't I get all these materials elsewhere for free?

I seriously doubt it. After years of searching I haven't found anything like it online for free (or for pay!). As I said, easy English + funny/interesting = a rare combination. Most stories are either easy or funny/interesting, not both. That's the reason so many teachers are forced to create their own materials.

So our resources are all ready and waiting for you. All you need to do is click the green ADD TO CART button on the right, and they are yours to start using immediately!

(This series is included inside our  Best Deal: Full Package of All Store Products + Bonuses . This means you can also get it as part of our Full Package, which includes all products at our store. It is our best value package, with the greatest discount.)

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