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, Australia Early Reading Company
Beginning Reading Instruction (BRI) Piper Books, UK Spearwood Press
Fitzroy Phonics Readers Fitzroy Phonics Reading Centre, Australia Fitzroy Phonics Reading Centre
Ants in the Apple Series Ants in the Apple Pty. Ltd, Australia Ants in the Apple Pty. Ltd
Read Write Inc Story Books Oxford University Press, UK Dyslexia SPELD, WA
Dandelion Readers Phonic Books Ltd, UK Dyslexia SPELD, WA
Gilt Edge Readers – Emergent, Early Gilt Edge Publishing, New Zealand Online(Sound Hunt books)
First Little Readers Scholastics Scholastics
Jolly Phonics Jolly Learning Ltd, UK Dominie, Brookvale
Sails – Main Sails, Advanced Fluency Pearson Australia Pearson
Usbourne ‘Start to Read’ * Usbourne Publishing Ltd, UK Berkelouw 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, Australia Nelson Cengage Learning
Flying Colours Nelson Cengage Learning, Australia Nelson Cengage Learning
Rigby Rocket Pearson, Australia Pearson
Rigby Star Pearson, Australia Pearson
Gilt Edge Readers – Emergent, Early Gilt Edge Publishing, New Zealand Online
Sparklers * Blake Education – Easy to Read, Hard to Put Down Blake 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.

Author Book
ALLEN, Pamela My 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, Giles Giraffes Can’t Dance
The Lion Who Wanted to Love
BAKER, Jeannie Where the Forest Meets the Sea
BROWNE, Anthony Silly BillyGorilla
CARLE, Eric * The Very Hungry Caterpillar
CRONIN, Doreen Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
CROSER, Josephine Crunch the Crocodile
DODD, Lynley Slinky Malinki
DONALDSON, Julia * The Snail and the Whale
The Gruffalo
EDWARDS, Hazel There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
FOX, Lee Ella Kazoo Will not Brush Her Hair
FOX, Mem Possum Magic
Koala Lu
FRENCH, Jackie * Diary of a Wombat
GLEESON, Libby Uncle 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, Judith The Tiger who Came to Tea
McALISTER, Angela &FUGE, Charles Found You, Little Wombat!
MONKS, Lydia Aaaarrgghh! Spider!
MUNSCH, Robert The Paperbag Princess
MURPHY, Jill On the Way Home
SEUSS, Dr The Cat in the Hat
SHANNON, David Duck 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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