Welcome to Best of The Reader, a series of e-books for adult literacy and English as a second language learners. This site has 14 e-books, a teachers’ guide, and a calendar of special days and holidays for 2014.

Each e-book has 8 to 10 stories, and each story has exercises and activities to go with it. There is also an answer key in each e-book. The stories, recipes, puzzles, and other material are from past issues of The Westcoast Reader (1982-2009), a newspaper for adults who are improving their English reading skills.

You have permission to download, print, and distribute all the material on this site. To view and print the e-books, you may need to download and install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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8 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Zahra Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:20 am


    Thanks for these free-from-bias ebooks. I added the link of your site to my blog.

    Kind regards,


  2. Melissa Bradey Says:
    June 21st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    A colleague told me about this site some time ago and I have been downloading and using the e-books for more than three months. I keep discovering inspirational stories and appropriate learning activities that compliment my curriculum. This is a rich and varied resource and it is more carefully written and presented than any ESL textbooks I have ever used. Thank you.

    Melissa Bradey
    ESL Teacher

  3. Susan Declerck Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    All these e-books are an absolute treasure for new and experienced ESL teachers alike. The clear visuals, well-written adaptations of news stories and other essential information for immigrants, as well as the interesting and enjoyable post-reading activities are a real gift. The e-book on Canada would be a great introduction to this country at the beginning of a new class. Thanks for the helpful teacher guide, as well. Hopefully we will see even more of these nuggets in the future!

    Susan Declerck
    ESL Teacher

  4. Marisol Guevara Says:
    July 8th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Thank you for making all these beautiful books. They help our class learn so much information about many things like sports, different jobs, Canada, Aboriginal people, etc. We like the recipes and holidays very much.

    Marisol Guevara y Elena Figueroa

  5. Joan Nolan Says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    A colleague just gave me this site address that she got at the Ontario TESL conference. We are starting a term of reading this week and I can guarantee that your stories will be thoroughly enjoyed by our ESL students. I was delighted to find that they are really Canadian and interesting, with lots of illustrations.

    Thank you for making this beautiful site available to us. Many will benefit from the stories.

    Joan Nolan

  6. Grace Lin Says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Hello, Joan

    I got this site from your visit at VCC TESOL department last night. These books are amazing! I love them! I am going to make full use of these e-books in my lesson plans, presentations and future career. Thank you so much for your effort in providing such good resource to the public. I believe many people like me are benefiting or will benefit from your work.

    My thanks also go to your presentation yesterday about clear writing and design, from which I have learned a lot. And I will use the knowledge in material writing or text writing (if I am able to) in the future.

    All the best,

    Yours sincerely,

    Grace Lin

  7. Dina Says:
    May 1st, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    This is a great and easy to use resource for the classroom! I love the Canadian content. I’ve just recently discovered this website, so I haven’t had a chance to look at all of the e-books, but in general they seem to be beginner to high-beginner or low-intermediate. Is there any higher-level material available anywhere, on this site or perhaps a similar website?

  8. Joan Acosta Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Are you familiar with Tutela? You might find resources for higher-level students on their site:


    The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) also has many resources.


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