A Child's Copybook Reader, Volume 1 Zaner Bloser
A Child’s Copybook Reader, Volume 1


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A Child’s Copybook Reader, Volume 1

(8 customer reviews)


This reader and copybook in one gives your student practice in reading and review by writing. A great way to help your beginning reader gain fluency and confidence! (Grades 1–3) See full description

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A reader and copybook in one!

Now you can use the same beautiful passages for both reading and printing practice! A Child’s Copybook Reader, Volume 1, reinforces your child’s beginning reading skills and instills confidence through using the same words for copywork. All in one convenient book!

  • Quality selections add interest to reading and copying sessions.—Both you and your child will enjoy All Things Bright and Beautiful (poem) and The Frogs and the Well (Aesop’s fable).
  • A gentle approach encourages continued practice reading and printing.—Each reading selection is broken into smaller segments, like stanzas or paragraphs, to help your student focus on any new words in short lessons.
  • Built-in review increases word retention and reading fluency.—All of the words are reviewed as your student copies each reading segment in his best handwriting. Plus, the entire reading selection is presented later in the book for your child to read all the way through with confidence and expression.
  • The clean, spacious design promotes good handwriting.—Each copywork page provides lots of room for beginning writers and a beautiful model to copy, so your student can see what is expected of him and put forth his best effort. And the book lies flat to accommodate either left- or right-handed writers.

Available in Zaner Bloser and D’Nealian styles.

Beginning Reading and Writing Series

Delightful ReadingDelightful HandwritingA Child's Copybook ReaderPrint to CursiveHymns in Prose

Additional Information

Weight.45 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × 0.26 in

Writing Style

D’Nealian, Zaner Bloser




E-book, Stapled


Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

Lesson Plan

Individual Studies, Grade 1, Individual Studies, Grade 2


8 reviews for A Child’s Copybook Reader, Volume 1

  1. Arline

    My only reason for a low rating is that there is one stanza in the poem “All Things Bright and Beautify,” that is unnecessary and should be taken out. It is neither beautiful nor helpful in viewing people rightly.

    The rich man in his castle,
    The poor man at his gate,
    God made them high and lowly,
    And ordered their estate.

    Our family was appalled and skipped this portion, and we will not be using this copybook reader again.

    • Doug Smith

      I’m sorry that you found the old hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful in our book A Child’s Copybook Reader, Volume 1 troubling.

      I can see how it might be uncomfortable in our modern, American, politically-correct sensibilities of today, which is likely why some publications have left that stanza out. However, it is based on biblical truth and may have come from from 1 Samuel 2:7, where it says that “The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.”

      We may ask, “How could a good and loving God allow someone to be poor, let alone put someone in that position?” But there are many examples of God directing the lives of people for His own purposes (John 9:3, Exodus 9:16, Romans 9:14).

      When it comes to wealth and poverty, part of our error is in assuming that rich equals good and poor equals bad.

      God holds the wealthy accountable for using what He has given them for good and caring for the poor (1 Timothy 6:17-19). Wealth can also be a curse with spiritual consequences (1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 19:23-24, Mark 4:18, Psalm 52:6-7, James 5:1-3, Psalm 62:10). And poverty can have benefits (Proverbs 28:6).

      God is more concerned with our spiritual condition and our fitness for eternity than our position in this life (Matthew 6:19-21, Romans 8:18).

      God has sovereignty over the affairs of people and uses both wealth and poverty to shape people for His purposes. There is comfort and beauty in knowing that God has created us, cares for us, molds us through our circumstances and trials, gives hope for those who endure in Christ, and ultimately brings eternal justice.

  2. Kyla

    I am so happy with this book. My daughter loves it and her handwriting is excelling! I love the content. This book is very well done. Thank you for taking the time to put together this book for the good of my children! Very happy with my purchase. Don’t hesitate buying this book, spend the money. It is worth it!

  3. Sarah

    I’m currently using this with my 7 year old son and its perfect for his needs, highly recommend this!

  4. Bruce Christensen

    This is just okay. The quality is good, but I was surprised how little content there is for the price. I will probably use this since I’ve paid for it, but may supplement with my own and definitely won’t buy any more.

    There are only two pieces included, and they are quite length: All Things Bright and Beautiful and a fable by Aesop. Luckily, they are broken into smaller pieces, so the length is not a problem per se, but I hoped that each day’s copywork would be a stand-alone item as we won’t be working on this every day. This might suit others’ needs better than my own.

    As for the other reviewer complaining about the text of the poem, there will always be things in poems, literature, old, modern, whatever it is, that require a little explanation and discussion. I don’t shy away from that with my children and while I don’t love the sentiment in that stanza, it is a beautiful hymn and (I think) still worth teaching.

    • Jordan Smith

      Thanks for the review. I just wanted to address why each day’s copywork is not a stand-alone item because that is intentional. We want you to be able to customize the amount of copywork to your child’s ability. Ideally you would set a timer for a short lesson of about five minutes. When the timer dings, your child is done. Children complete the lessons at different rates depending on their abilities so we’ve left the lesson length and amount to be copied up to you.

  5. Karen

    Is there a schedule for this within this book? Or how often is it recommended using? Would one volume be enough for one school year?

    • Tamara Bell

      Hi Karen! We recommend all 3 volumes of A Child’s Copybook Reader over the course of 1 school year. That may very dependent upon the child. We do not include a schedule. The time a child spends per lesson on copywork will vary greatly. What we ultimately look for is the child writing to the best of their ability and not allowing “slipshod” work. For some children, they are only able to write 1 word initially. That is ok! Other children are able to spend 5 full minutes giving their best work. We generally recommend this resource 4x a week for up to 5 minutes a lesson.

  6. Sheila

    I absolutely love all three of these copybooks. I do have one question though. I am doing the informal spelling “quizzes” at the end of each lesson. Do you ever ask the child to do a cumulative spelling quiz at the end of a passage or term?

    • Tamara Bell

      Hi Sheila. We are so glad you have enjoyed the copybooks! We do not recommend giving an accumulative quiz at the end of each term for a child so young. It is added pressure to one so little. There will be plenty of time to naturally review the spelling of words with transcription and dictation as he gets older.

  7. Eryn

    I just want to thank you for your careful responses and all that you all put into creating curriculum to make our lives easier while not compromising the CM method. I have learned and benefited so much from SCM. Looking forward to using these resources with my little ones! Blessings!

  8. Pamela J Morrow

    My daughter absolutely love these books! She was a reluctant writer last year in 1st grade. I decided to try these for 2nd grade since they have much more interesting sentences. She keeps asking to copy more pages. Could you please create more than 3 volumes of these copybooks?

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