Our Books Engage Beginning and Struggling Readers
Written especially for beginner, catch-up and and special-needs readers, our hi-interest, decodable book series ensure reading success and build confidence from the outset. All of our books, games, and activities are designed to engage your child or students whether they are just starting out, or are struggling to read.
Specially Developed Decodable Books and Resources
Decodable books are specially written texts that students use as they learn to read. By introducing words with only a few new letters and sounds at each stage, students are able to read the books independently and successfully as they progress. Each series is structured along a highly-sequential phonic progression that allows the reader to read a growing number of words until they become fluent, independent readers.
What Others are Saying About Phonic Books…
Teachers and parents alike are finding success for their struggling readers through Phonic Books series and activities.
So glad I found Phonic Books!
Remembering the day that my son, Nate, sneaked Magic Belt books still brings tears to my eyes. Before Magic Belt, the only books that I could find for my son to read narrated the mundane adventures of a rat or a cat with a hat … He became a book lover because of Magic Belt, so those books are very special to me and worth every penny!
While the instructional quality of the books is most important to me, the fact that my students love the books is a huge bonus. On many occasions, I have had students eagerly ask me as soon as they see me, “Have you brought the next book?” For some, a Talisman book is the first book the child has ever read with great excitement.
Popular Phonic Books and Resources
For every age of aspiring reader, we have just the right books, games and workbooks.
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Parents steers school toward Science of Reading
It is so sad to hear when a young child says he wants to kill himself because he can’t read as described in the interview linked at the end of this piece. It is uplifting to hear how a parent turned […]
Consonant blends and consonant teams – what’s the difference?
Many of the terms in phonics are quite confusing. Consonant blends and consonant teams are such terms. So, what is the difference between the two? A consonant blend is a term used for two adjacent consonants in a word that […]
Why we need to teach the Alphabetic Code
What is the Alphabetic Code? English has a complex writing system. It has 26 letters but roughly 44 sounds (this depends on pronunciation). There are roughly 160+ different spellings for these 44 sounds. In order to teach them in a […]
Dictation is a great activity for emerging spellers
Most teachers approach teaching in a child-centered way so dictation goes against the grain. It may seem old-fashioned and yes, a bit dictatorial. But actually, is it a really powerful tool which is particularly useful for struggling or emerging readers […]
The conveyor belt from reading difficulties to prison
Emily Hanford’s most recent podcast, an audio documentary called What Words Say, is a must listen. Hanford explains how reading difficulties often find expression in bad behavior, and she points out that children of color who struggle with reading […]
How we can help kids to self-teach themselves to read
Have you ever wondered how kids can read words they haven’t been taught to read? I recently came across the ‘Self Teaching Hypothesis’ Share,1955. This hypothesis explains how kids use the sounds/spellings they have been taught and apply them to […]
Why ‘structured’ reading instruction is not enough
Why we need to teach ‘structured and cumulative’ reading instruction In the bad old days before I learned how to teach kids to read, I taught kids to read in a structured way. That is, what I thought was structure: […]
How to help your child read a decodable book
Decodable books are books that a child can read once she/he has been taught the phonics in the book. It is really important to see decodable books as an experience that will be successful if enough preparation is made beforehand. […]
How to use decodable books
What are decodable books and how do I use them? Decodable books are controlled texts that beginner readers can read independently once they have been taught the spellings in the text. Children learning to read with phonics benefit from reading […]
Does spelling matter in the digital age?
Many children struggle with spelling. Is it important to teach them how to spell in the digital age when ‘Spell Check’ is there to help? The answer is yes. Why? Firstly, because at present ‘spell check’ makes errors as do […]
What is a grapheme?
A grapheme is a letter or a number of letters that represent a sound (phoneme) in a word. Another way to explain it is to say that a grapheme is a letter or letters that spell a sound in a […]
What is a phoneme?
Now that everyone is talking ‘Synthetic Phonics speak’ it seems like a good time to clarify some of the terms that are being used.