I did research at postgraduate level,(4years)on children who read early.I then taught from infants through juniors and also supposedly 'backward'children.I knew which basic 'readers' were available but it did not take long to discover that the Janet and John Series outmatched all competing texts. The grading of these readers is unsurpassed and children made rapid progress using them, whilst enjoying their success as well as the storyline. But most of all they enjoyed their success in mastering the basic skill of learning to decode the written word and becomming competent readers. It is my firm believe, born of experience, that it is the careful grading of these books which gave children a comparitively easy road to success in mastering this vital skill. The so called 'backward' readers I also taught (excluding two children in as class of 15),caught up and surpassed their peers and were able to return to their normal classes within a year. I cannot speak too highly of these 'readers'. Their authors besides using logic and commonsense in grading the Janet and John Series must have been gifted intuitively in their careful grading and introduction of the written word, or maybe it was just a labour of love. Whichever, countless children owe a debt to these authors and the inspired introductory 'readers' which they created .A.Murphy.B.Sc.(Econ); Postgraduate Psychology.