Books to Promote Early Literacy

The more opportunities students have to hear, grasp, and manipulate the sounds of words, the easier it will be for them to decode new words and become fluent readers. Beginner books in the classroom and at home help early readers build the literacy skills they need to become joyful readers.

Early Bird Readers

Charming illustrations and engaging storytelling deliver fun narratives. Part of the Early Bird Stories line, Early Bird Readers have been edited and leveled by leading educational consultants to correspond with guided reading levels. The levels are assigned by taking into account the content, language style, layout, and phonics used in each book. Comprehension questions encourage readers to actively engage with the content. A handy color-coded scale helps students find the right book for them.

Phonics Fun

Reading is a blast in these hilarious books! Learn about short vowel sounds with sentences that get more complex as you read. The wacky rhymes and colorful art will make phonics fun!

Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary uses his trademark wit and humor to engage emergent readers in these phonics-based books. Each book hones specific skills and builds readers’ confidence.

Phonics Fun Activity Book

Take the popular learning-to-read Phonics Fun series to the next level! Simple and fun activities help students learn key phonics concepts. Activities created by award-winning children’s author Brian P. Cleary use rhyme, repetition, and illustration to build reading confidence. This workbook can be used alone or in conjunction with the Phonics Fun books.

Reading Gems Phonics

Reading Gems Phonics is for children who are learning their letters and sounds. Simple, engaging stories provide gentle phonics practice. Each book includes phonics-based activities and games to aid comprehension and extend learning. Designed to support a child’s learning at school. Featuring original stories, delightful characters and humorous illustrations, these books have been designed to put the fun back into reading.

Pull Ahead Paired Nonfiction and Fiction

Help young readers build literacy skills with paired nonfiction and fiction series! Simple text patterns support emergent readers as they build their recognition of high-frequency sight words. Nonfiction titles are illustrated with colorful photos, and the fiction titles showcase charming illustrations. Both photos and illustrations are carefully matched to text to aid comprehension.

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