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Decodable books for Beginner Readers

Our Dandelion Launchers Series is a step-by-step phonic series for beginner readers aged 3-6. Each book introduces only a few letter/sounds at a time, allowing independent reading from the outset. With 1-2 lines of text per page, the series covers the sounds of the alphabet at cvc (consonant/vowel/consonant) word level.

Catch-up Readers

All too often, older struggling readers are offered books for younger beginner readers that reinforce their already low esteem. Our Catch-up Reader series for ages 8+ are decodable, synthetic phonic reading books for older students who are not progressing and require reading intervention. The age-appropriate stories will engage and enthuse older readers while filling in the missing gaps in phonic skills and knowledge that often prevent students from making progress.

When a student begins a reading program, it is important to assess where the student is at, what knowledge and skills he/she has acquired and what he/she needs to learn.

It is also useful to observe his/her reading strategies as this will inform the teacher where to start and what to focus on.

This is particularly important for students who are struggling with reading.

Use the chart below for guidance.

SeriesWho is it aimed at?What does it cover?
Tell a StoryPre- Kindergarten and Kindergarten (age 2-5)Builds vocabulary and oral language skills
Dandelion LaunchersKindergarten (age 4+) at the very early stages of reading. Consolidation of letter/sound correspondencesSounds of alphabet at CVC level
Moon Dogs Set 1Older, catch-up readers at very early stages of reading. Consolidation of letter/sound correspondencesSounds of alphabet at CVC level
Moon Dogs Set 2Early stages of readingCVC level and adjacent consonants and consonant digraphs
Moon Dogs Set 3Students learning first vowel spellingsTwo spellings for a vowel sound
Magic Belt Series and
That Dog!
Students who can read simple CVC wordsAdjacent consonants, consonant digraphs and suffixes -ed and -ing
Totem and AlbaStudents able to read text at CVC level who now need support consolidating consonant digraphs and some vowel spellingsA recap of adjacent consonants and consonant digraphs. Introduction to alternative spellings for vowel sounds e.g. ai, ay, a-e, a
Rescue, Island Adventure and
Talisman 1
Students with poor knowledge of vowel digraphsRecap of alternative vowel spellings covered in Totem and Alba with additional vowel spellings for new vowel sounds
Titan’s GauntletsFor students needing to learn more complex vowel and consonant spellings and suffixesAlternatives for new vowel and consonant sounds and common Latin suffixes. More text per page
Talisman 2For students who need to revise spellings introduced in Titan’s GauntletsMore alternatives for new vowel and consonant sounds and common Latin suffixes
Amber GuardiansFor students needing to build reading staminaHigher ratio of text to illustration, bridges the gap between structured reading series and mainstream reading