The UKCE Library of Graded Readers


At the UK College of English, we have a small library of graded readers. After leaving a deposit of £10, students may borrow a classic book to suit their level, as the books have been abridged and adapted for the purpose of language study. You can choose one that is higher than your level for a challenge or one that is lower to get used to reading in English.

Below you can find our selection. If you’re looking for a really hard challenge, it is free to download the original classic book for your computer, phone or Kindle from Project Gutenberg.

Title Author Level Genre Download the original for free!
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling/ Gaia Lerace A1 Adventure
Black Beauty Anna Sewell A2 Human interest
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare A2 Love and tragedy
Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A2 Mystery and horror
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain A2 Adventure
The Fisherman and his Soul Oscar Wilde B1.1 Fairy tale and fantasy
Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome B1.2 Comedy
The Canterville Ghost Oscar Wilde B1.2 Mystery and horror
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer B2.1 Human interest
Dracula Bram Stoker B2.1 Mystery and horror
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte B2.2 Love
The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare B2.2 Humour and comedy
Emma Jane Austen B2.2 Love
Silas Marner George Eliot C1 Human interest