Dandelion Beginner Readers

Dandelion Phonic Books – Beginner Readers and Workbooks

Dandelion Launchers and Dandelion Readers are a series of synthetic phonic reading books that support any structured phonics programme a school is following. The books can be used for individual or group reading.

These readers are for beginner readers aged 4 to 8 years old. They are specifically designed to launch children into the process of learning to read providing extensive opportunities for reading practice.

The English Phonic Code is complex and needs to be introduced to the learner in a step-by-step progression, starting from the simple part of the Code and progressing to the more complex part. These books introduce the sounds gradually and sounds learned from previous units are continually reinforced.  The sounds introduced in each unit are displayed on the front and inside covers of each book. The “How to use” page on the inside of each book offers careful guidance on the skills and knowledge covered in that book. Each book includes a reading game, which provides a multi-sensory approach to revising the new phonic knowledge and skills introduced in the book.

Dandelion Launchers, Early Readers and Workbooks

Aimed at children aged 4-7, each book introduces only a few letter/sounds at a time allowing independent reading from the outset.  Each unit introduces new letter/sounds while revising previously taught letters/sounds and high frequency words.

These books are aimed at younger readers or readers who need lots of practise and only has one or two lines of text per page.  The Dandelion Launchers have less text per page and are easier to read than the Dandelion Readers.  Each set has 4 different books per unit to give students lots of opportunities for practise.

Dandelion Launchers Kindergarten Pack (180 Readers plus 4 Workbooks) (DKPL) $1,290
SPELD NSW Members' Price $1,195

Decodable readers for Kindergarten classes give students the opportunity to practise essential letter-sound knowledge and blending sounds to read words.

Each Pack contains three of each of the Dandelion Launchers Decodable Reader Sets plus one of each Workbook:

  • 3 x Sam, Tim, Tam (12 books)
  • 3 x Ted (16 books)
  • 3 x Lost (12 books)
  • 3 x The Big Chip (20 books)
  • 1 x Workbook – Units 1 to 3
  • 1 x Workbook – Units 4 to 7
  • 1 x Workbook – Units 8 to 10
  • 1 x Workbook – Units 11 to 15

Dandelion Initial Code Readers and Workbooks ​

These books are for beginner readers and are aimed at children aged 4-7. They gradually introduce the sounds of the alphabet, adjacent consonants and consonant digraphs.  In each Set, there is one book per Unit and each book has up to three or four lines of text per page.  Parallel sets are available to allow students to gain additional practise of the letter-sound relationships introduced in each Unit.   

Dandelion Readers Kindergarten Pack (200 Readers plus 3 Workbooks) (DKPR) $1,340
SPELD NSW Members' Price $1,245

Decodable readers for Kindergarten classes give students the opportunity to practise essential letter-sound knowledge and blending sounds to read words.

Each Pack contains four of each of the Dandelion Readers Decodable Reader Sets plus one of each Workbook:

  • 4 x Sam (10 books)
  • 4 x A Mat (10 books)
  • 4 x Sit, Sam (10 books)
  • 4 x Chips for lunch (10 books)
  • 4 x Pip Gets Rich (10 books)
  • 1 x Workbook – Set 1 for Units 1 to 10
  • 1 x Workbook – Set 2 & 3 for Units 1 to 10
  • 1 x Workbook – Set 1 & 2 for Units 11 to 20

Dandelion Extended Code Readers and Workbooks ​

These decodable readers follow on from the Dandelion Readers and are ideal for students in Year 1 and 2. The Dandelion Extended Code Readers and the Split Vowel Series introduce more complex parts of the English phonic code, especially the vowel digraphs and trigraphs.  Vowels are explored with the concept that one sound can have alternate spellings and sounds introduced in the Dandelion Readers Initial Code Series continue to be reinforced.

Years One and Two Extended Phonic Code Classroom Pack (248 Readers and 5 Workbooks) (D12P) $1,865
SPELD NSW Members' Price $1,730

These readers allow students to practise vowel sounds and spellings, a wonderful tool to extend the phonic knowledge and skills of Year One and Two students. 

Each Pack contains four of each of the extended code reader sets plus one of each workbook

  • 4 x Dandelion Readers Level 1 – ‘The Mail’ (14 books)
  • 1 x Dandelion Readers Level 1 Workbook – ‘The Mail’
  • 4 x Dandelion Readers Level 2 – ‘Viv Wails’ (14 books)
  • 1 x Dandelion Readers Level 2 Workbook – ‘Viv Wails’ 
  • 4 x Dandelion Readers Level 3 – ‘Jake, the Snake’ (14 books)
  • 1 x Dandelion Readers Level 3 Workbook – ‘Jake the Snake’
  • 4 x Dandelion Readers Level 4 – ‘Toad and Newt’ (14 books)
  • 1 x Dandelion Readers Level 4 Workbook – ‘Toad and Newt’
  • 4 x Dandelion Readers Split Vowel Spellings Set (6 books)
  • 1 x Dandelion Readers Split Vowel Spellings Workbook

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