Decodable Readers

Decodable Readers

Decodable readers are a great resource to support students learning to read.

Decodable readers are specially constructed to allow students to practise their decoding skills.  They are made up of words that students can decode and a small number of high frequency, irregular words that students have been taught.  By allowing students to apply their letter-sound knowledge and blending skills to read words in connected text, decodable readers can greatly assist students improve their reading accuracy and fluency.

Regular practise reading decodable books, with words that students can successfully decode, can boost confidence, allow mastery of letter-sounds relationships and allow students to apply their emerging reading skills.

SPELD NSW sells a selection of high quality decodable readers to support classroom teachers, learning support teachers, tutors and families.  We have put together a range of classroom packs of decodable readers that are a great resource for classrooms and learning support teams.  Please get in touch with us if you would like some advice or information about the purchase of decodable readers. This page has information about all the different decodable book series that SPELD NSW stocks.

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 practise.

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 Phonic Books – Catch-up Readers and Workbooks

Dandelion’s popular Catch-up Readers and Workbooks are suitable for readers aged 8 – 14 and are designed to introduce the English Phonic Code in small sequential steps.  The purpose of these Series is to fill in the missing gaps in phonic skills and knowledge for older students that are preventing the pupils from making progress and becoming fluent readers.

Special features to engage students include:

  • Age-appropriate illustrations and storyline involving quests and missions in chapter book format;
  • Each Reader has reading practice and vocabulary pages to develop receptive and expressive language;
  • Multi-syllable words split into syllables on each page to assist the reader.

Comprehensive workbooks supporting each set of Readers include pre and post reading activities.

Little Learners Love Literacy Decodable Readers, Games and Resources

Little Learners Love Literacy is an explicit and sequential literacy program that teaches ALL children to read, write and spell with confidence.  Created from evidence-based research, it includes phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary knowledge, fluency and comprehension.  Speed Sounds and Chants are used in conjunction with the Pip and Tim and Wiz Kids Decodable Readers to make it easy for ALL children to learn to read. Each stage is sequentially taught so that children can learn, apply and practise their developing skills in words and connected text.

Pocket Rocket Decodable Readers

Introduce a love of reading to young readers with these delightful decodable books and booklets and provide them with opportunities for daily reading and practise of blending and segmenting skills. Pocket Rockets provide a great collection of stories for early readers to practise their phonics and decoding skills. These stories use the phonics progression in the Letters and Sounds Program.

In the Pocket Rocket Book and Booklet range there are 44 imaginative stories to engage children with humorous characters and quirky plots. Booklets are small fold-out booklet forms of the larger books and can be used in the classroom or given to a child to take home with a space for them to personalise each booklet. Books include an instructional page with comprehension questions as well as tricky and focus words.

Sound Out Non-Fiction Decodable Readers

The InfoMAG books are small non-fiction books that make informational text highly accessible for struggling readers. Crammed with lively graphics and enticing pictures, each book contains about 15 short reading passages in a variety of engaging formats, from e-mails and blogs to restaurant menus and lists of idioms, all while maintaining a 75% decodability ratio! Designed for independent or one-on-one reading, the InfoMAG books are suitable for students at a range of decoding abilities and support development of decoding skills and informational/non-fiction reading at the same time.

The City Secrets, X Sports and Cool Rides informational text series use short, but complete sentences to convey the history and facts of the featured topics.  These books are decodable and are aimed at students with sound decoding skills and knowledge of the extended code. 
Each book contains lists of fully decodable story words and high frequency words at the end of each book.

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