Auckland Council Libraries: Easy-to-read books
Auckland Libraries has a large collection of interesting fiction (made-up stories) and non-fiction (real-life stories and information) books written in simple English. 

We have lots of options:
  • Easy-to-read books for adults
  • Easy-to-read book sets with CDs
  • eBooks (digital books) 
  • eAudiobooks (digital books read out loud).

Easy-to-read books

We have many easy-to-read books for people who want to practise their reading. 

These books are written in plain English and feature a range of interesting topics, so you don’t get bored! Many of these books also include CDs so you can listen along as you read. 

Difficulty levels

Our easy-to-read books come in different levels of difficulty.

Level 1 (0 - 600 words)

These books repeat phrases and words and are designed to help you learn right from the start. 

Level 2 (600 - 2000 words)

These are early chapter books and assist in developing vocabulary and fluency.

Level 3 (2000 - 4000 words)

These books have more engaging stories and include question and answer sheets to help you to build understanding.


Ask a librarian to help you find easy-to-read books in the Adult Readers or Adult Literacy section at your library.

To borrow library books, you will need to be an Auckland Libraries member. Joining Auckland Libraries is easy and free! Register online now or visit your local library.

Search the library catalogue

To find easy-to-read books in the library catalogue, search for ‘readers for new literates’.

You can use the 'Refine by' menu to filter your search results.


Borrow books on your phone, tablet or computer and practise reading wherever you go. 

Download the Libby app to your device or visit the OverDrive website on your computer to choose from over 200,000 free eBooks. To find easy-to-read eBooks, search for ‘adult literacy’. 


Listening to books read aloud is a great way to learn a broader range of words. 

Download the Libby app to your phone or tablet or visit the OverDrive website on your computer and start listening to over 50,000 free eAudiobooks. 


Use your library barcode number to log in to the Libby app or OverDrive website. All eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines return themselves automatically.

Book lists

Book lists are lists of books recommended by our librarians. We have lists on many different topics, including easy-to-read books for people who want to practise their reading.

Auckland Council Libraries:Easy-to-read books