Dr Best 'Learn To Read' SET A Story Books


We have relaunched "Learn to Read" series in a new format.

There are 14 story books in Set A which have progression, so that you learn to listen and spell step by step. In order to listen you will need the PENpal. PENpal is an upgrade to MagicPEN but you need to buy this separately. One PENpal will read all books in the series (and many more books in Mantra Lingua's range).

You can see the titles in Set A below.

You will need PENpal to hear the sound enabled content. Click here to buy PENpal

  • Ages for reading pleasure: 2-7   
  • Ages for reading instruction: 3-6


  • 14 colour talking books in 25 languages. This means that you can listen to each story in 25 languages page and page, and practice recording your voice on every page! "I was amazed to switch instantly between German, French, Russian, Hindi and English... just enjoyed hearing Krishna spoken in so many languages."

The Talking Books have the text in English and can be listened to in the following languages, page by page:

English, Hindi, Gujarati, Telegu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada
Mandarin, Thai, Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Afrikaans
Croatian, Finnish, Portuguese, Italian, Slovenian, Slovak
Spanish, French, German, Russian, Hungarian, Dutch

Listen to the stories in your home language, understand and then listen in English. Practice reading. The associated Activity Book, full of ideas, will help you familiarise yourself in reading the words in the story book. Develop speaking skills by saving your own voice onto every page. Each book gets progressively harder but nevertheless has a clear message of care and concerns for others.
(Users have found that the books help in developing speaking skills in any of the languages mentioned above.)

SET A starts with books that teach the most rudimentary reading behaviors and takes a child through the foundational sound-spelling combinations of English. Children are introduced to Sita’s family who live in a modern city, as well as Ravi and Vikram’s family who live in the village of Govardhana, India. SET A also introduces Krishna and the residents of the village of Vraja, in simplified versions of traditional tales that children and adults have enjoyed for thousands of years.

The Phase One guide and the first four talking books are suitable for between 1-6 months of reading and teaching, with the remaining 10 talking books and corresponding activity books designed to engage children for about one week each.

However the SET A Actitivity books are now available only as ebooks which have interactivity.

Children will return to the talking books again and again over many years since they are enchanting stories with interactive features. And children as young as 2 years old will love being read to from the books in this set.

To see all the books and how they work with the PENpal , you can watch these videos and to virtually try out the PENpal yourself you can try this demo.