The EARLYREAD series contains both original stories and traditional favorites, as well as some cultural readers, classified into five levels.
Characteristics of all readers are:
- beautiful illustrations, which not only encourage reading but actively help children to understand the story - picture dictionaries, for active vocabulary work - fun activities and games, often for more than one participant, who practice the vocabulary and structures of the story.
- a recording of the full text, either on an attached CD or downloadable free of charge from the Black Cat website.
All readers can be easily dramatized.
The latest titles are accompanied by game scripts that can also be downloaded for free from the Black Cat website.
The Tempranitos are graded according to the suitability of their topic for the age group, as well as by structural and lexical criteria (a level 1 reader has no more than 100 key words, while in level 2 the maximum is 150 key words).
Level 5 represents a good elementary ability (full competence at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
For a full discussion of the qualification criteria used, see The Black Cat Guide to Graded Readers.