Books for learning to read

(8 Posts)
Tedder Tue 15-Oct-13 08:41:51

Can anybody recommend a range of books that I can use to teach my DD (4) to read. DH seems to recall using a range of Penguin books when he was young....

ChocChaffinch Tue 15-Oct-13 11:38:21

have you visited your library, the librarians can advise
they have the chip and kipper ones at ours, the same as they use in schools, they also have brill versions of fairytales written with simple words,

iseenodust Tue 15-Oct-13 12:47:17

Usborne ones like Shark in the Park are very colourful and lift the flap too.
The very easy Dr Seuss eg Hop on Pop.

TheSporkforeatingkyriarchy Tue 15-Oct-13 13:09:16

If you want a range of books specifically for learning to read, I recommend piperbooks.co.uk. They worked really well for us - practically a miracle for my eldest who was a 'late' reader due to SN and my younger children have enjoyed them as well when they've wanted to learn to read.

Periwinkle007 Tue 15-Oct-13 21:10:19

there are quite a lot of different ranges

you have Oxford Reading Tree ones which include the classic stories/Biff Chip and Kipper, and they also have Songbirds Phonics (which I personally think are excellent phonics books) and Read Write Inc are supposed to be good but my elder daughter didn't take to them. google Oxford Owl and you can read some of these online so you can see what the style of them is at different stages and decide if they might suit you.

there are Collins Big Cat ones which we have a few of at different levels but I am not sure I would recommend them as a series for learning to read, nice for odd 'other books' to use different styles though

Usborne have some different ones too, as mentioned the 'easy words to read' ones like Shark in the Park are good although there are so many sounds in a small number of books they can be quite heavy going at the beginning for kids learning to sound out. They also have another series which I can't remember the actual name of which follow through different levels too.

Not helpful if they are learning purely phonetically but my daughters love the Peter and Jane books and very quickly learned a lot of the high frequency words, they CAN be sounded out if they know the phonics for them but if they learn to read them fluently then it can make life a bit easier for them. HOWEVER it can confuse some kids so it depends on how your child takes to reading.

dontyouknow Tue 15-Oct-13 21:29:24

The Book People often have good sets at very cheap prices.

I have bought a large pack of Biff/Chip/Kipper ones, as well as Read Write inc and an Usbourne Shark in the Park set. My DD liked them all. I thought the Usbourne ones weren't the best for learning to read.

Tedder Wed 16-Oct-13 10:16:41

Thanks everyone....there are some brilliant suggestions here.

ancientbuchanan Wed 16-Oct-13 10:29:40

Dr Seuss are both funny and phonics based.

Really recommend.

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