Do you know any Japanese at all, or are you starting from scratch?
If you are starting without ever having previously studying Japanese, speaking from my personal experience, it may take you a while before you can read it.
Currently, my favorite textbook series is the Minna no Nihongo
series by 3A.
However, I will warn you on two things. First, you will get the most benefit by not just buying the main text book, but the supplementary texts as well. They have supplementary texts for reading, writing, and Kanji. Second, these books are not cheap. However, you can just buy the Volume 1 text and supplementary texts and wait on the second volume series until you are ready for them.
If reading is your ultimate goal, stay away from any textbooks that use Romaji. Minna no Nihongo
uses only Kana (and Kanji with Furigana) from the very first lesson. Which is admittedly difficult to start with, but you will avoid the Romaji crutch that only makes things harder in the long run. If you haven't studied Kana (Hiragana & Katakana) before, you may want to start out with the Self-Study Kana Workbook
The Minna no Nihongo audio CDs are great. The dialogs are spoken at normal speed so your ears are trained to hear Japanese as it is spoken in the real world. The listening comprehension workbook CDs are also excellent.
All the texts are meant to be used together, so the grammar and vocab you learn in the the each chapter of the main text is reinforced and applied in the corresponding chapters of the supplementary texts, including the Kanji text, so you won't be lost.
One note about the main text. It is written exclusively in Japanese. You will need the Translation and Grammatical Notes book as well (again don't pick the Romaji version). The Translation and Grammatical notes are available in 10 different languages (English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, Thai, Portuguese, Indonesian, Russian, and German).
All of the books are available through Amazon.co.jp. You can search by the ISBN numbers for each book listed on the 3A site, linked above).
If you get through the both Kanji books in this series, you will have learned about 550 Kanji. Which will only allow you to read books written for young children.
To make the next step, I would recommend Bonjinsha's Basic Kanji and Intermediate Kanji
series of books. They will take you up to just over 1000 Kanji which will get you reading on a 6th grade level.
You can also get them from Amazon.co.jp, here are their ISBNs:
Finally, if you want to be able to read Japanese on a 12 grade level, I would recommend the Kanji in Context
series, which will teach you the entire 1945 Jouyou Kanji (plus 2 bonus kanji) and a ton of vocabulary.
The ISBNs are:
For reference materials I would recommend either the Kanji Learner's Dictionary
(4-7700-2855-5) or NTC's New Japanese-English Character Dictionary
(0-8442-8434-3) - this second one is actually sold in the US & UK. Both use the SKIP look up system which makes looking up unknown kanji very easy.
For Grammar references:
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
Both are excellent.
The stuff I have listed here is probably more than you want, and there may be other books better suited for your situation and goals, however, I have personally found them to be very useful.