Best books to help your child learn to read


Do your kids need to read books that that will not only ignite their enthusiasm for stories, but also meet their developmental and learning needs?

Speech Pathologists at Kids First shares top tips about the best books to buy for emerging readers.

Best books to help your child learn to read

What books are best for your kids?

When you are buying books (or choosing them from the library) it’s important to select stories that are not only interesting for your child, but also appropriate for their level of development.

Knowing where to start can be tricky, so here is a list of books that you can add to your child’s collection so that learning to read is both fun and easy.

The ones marked with an asterix (*) are some of our personal favourites!

Decodable Reading Books

When children are just starting to learn to read, they need simple books that are easy to decode. When they can read the words, they are more likely to stay interested in the story and so develop early literacy skills.

Many publishers have book ranges that are perfect for your emerging reader. They contain high frequency words and picture that will help your child to understand what they are reading.

Below are some series for emerging readers that you may wish to check out at your local library, book shop or on-line book store…

Where to buy?
Fantastic Phonics *
Early Reading Company, AustraliaEarly Reading Company
Beginning Reading Instruction (BRI)Piper Books, UKSpearwood Press
Fitzroy Phonics ReadersFitzroy Phonics Reading Centre, AustraliaFitzroy Phonics Reading Centre
Ants in the Apple SeriesAnts in the Apple Pty. Ltd, AustraliaAnts in the Apple Pty. Ltd
Read Write Inc Story BooksOxford University Press, UKDyslexia SPELD, WA
Dandelion ReadersPhonic Books Ltd, UKDyslexia SPELD, WA
Gilt Edge Readers – Emergent, EarlyGilt Edge Publishing, New ZealandOnline(Sound Hunt books)
First Little ReadersScholasticsScholastics
Jolly PhonicsJolly Learning Ltd, UKDominie, Brookvale
Sails – Main Sails, Advanced Fluency Pearson AustraliaPearson
Usbourne ‘Start to Read’ *Usbourne Publishing Ltd, UKBerkelouw Books – Mona Vale and Balogowlah

Whole Language Reading Books

As your child’s reading skills develop, a transition into ‘Whole Language’ Reading Books is a natural progression. These books feature more sight words and are better than decodable readers for building your child’s comprehension skills.

The list below details some well-respected series that your child might both enjoy and benefit from.

Where to buy?
PM Readers Nelson Cengage Learning, AustraliaNelson Cengage Learning
Flying ColoursNelson Cengage Learning, AustraliaNelson Cengage Learning
Rigby RocketPearson, AustraliaPearson
Rigby StarPearson, AustraliaPearson
Gilt Edge Readers – Emergent, EarlyGilt Edge Publishing, New ZealandOnline
Sparklers *Blake Education – Easy to Read, Hard to Put DownBlake Education

Books can usually be purchased online at sites like bigpond, book-o, book depository, fishpond

Suggested Storybooks

These are a few of our favourite story books at Kids First. These books are fantastic for print awareness, introducing social stories and language development

Next time you are thinking of a gift for a child…try one of these great options.

ALLEN, PamelaMy Cat MaisieWho Sank the BoatBelinda
Bertie and the Bear
I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit
Alexander’s Outing
Mr McGee and the Biting Flea
ANDREDE, GilesGiraffes Can’t Dance
The Lion Who Wanted to Love
BAKER, JeannieWhere the Forest Meets the Sea
BROWNE, AnthonySilly BillyGorilla
CARLE, Eric *The Very Hungry Caterpillar
CRONIN, DoreenClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
CROSER, JosephineCrunch the Crocodile
DODD, LynleySlinky Malinki
DONALDSON, Julia *The Snail and the Whale
The Gruffalo
EDWARDS, HazelThere’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
FOX, LeeElla Kazoo Will not Brush Her Hair
FOX, MemPossum Magic
Koala Lu
FRENCH, Jackie *Diary of a Wombat
GLEESON, LibbyUncle David
JEFFERS, Oliver Stuck
How to Catch a StarLost and Found
The Day the Crayons Quit
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
The Heart and the Bottle
Up and Down
Th Moose Belongs to Me
KERR, JudithThe Tiger who Came to Tea
McALISTER, Angela &FUGE, Charles Found You, Little Wombat!
MONKS, LydiaAaaarrgghh! Spider!
MUNSCH, RobertThe Paperbag Princess
MURPHY, JillOn the Way Home
SEUSS, DrThe Cat in the Hat
SHANNON, DavidDuck on a Bike
WHYBROW, Ian Harry *Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs:At the Museum Make a Splash
Go To School

Does your child need help to read more confidently?

Kids First’s qualified speech pathologists have years of experience in supporting children’s literacy.

If your child is struggling, we can help by identifying what is causing your child’s difficulties and creating a personalised program of support that will take your son or daughter forward.

Kids First is located in Brookvale in Sydney’s northern beaches.

Call us now on (02) 9938 5419 to make an appointment with a member of our highly qualified team.

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