How Phonic Books Help Children Develop a Strong Reading Foundation

By Kaitlyn Spotts | May 30 2023 | GeneralEarly ConceptsEducation & Professional LearningEnglish Language Arts

Phonic Books is changing the way educators teach reading, one sound at a time. Developed by literacy experts and aligned to the Science of Reading, Phonic Books’ high-interest decodable book series can be effectively integrated into any phonics instruction program. Phonic Books offers a wide range of decodable books, making reading exciting for kids of all ages and interests. With multiple series that build and expand on learned letter-sound knowledge, Phonic Books paves a structured scaffold to more complex texts and unlocks the joy of reading independently.

 

A Brief Overview of Phonics 

To become a reader, learners first need to acquire the skills of putting together individual sounds to make a word. This process is called “blending.” Sounding out the graphemes (spellings) and “blending” the sounds into words is called “decoding.”

Through highly structured and engaging texts, Phonic Books introduces only a few sounds and letters at a time. Readers practice each letter-sound correspondence until they learn how to reliably “decode” entire words. With book series that follow a steady, cumulative progression, Phonic Books supports students in advancing naturally, whether they are just starting out or need further assistance in learning how to read.

 

The Books

Dandelion Launchers and Readers offer beginner readers ages 3–8 a gentle, gradual approach to the alphabet and vowel teams.

Dandelion Launchers

  • Suitable for younger readers ages 3–5
  • Decodable books at the CVC word level
  • 1 line of text per page
  • Stages 1–7 introduce sounds of the alphabet
  • Stages 8–15 introduce adjacent consonants and consonant digraphs
  • Stages 16–20 introduce two-syllable word suffixes
  • Include games to support learning

 

Dandelion Readers

  • Suitable for beginner readers ages 4–8
  • Introduce vowel digraphs and VCe spellings
  • More text per page than Dandelion Launchers

 

Catch-Up Readers support older readers ages 8–14+ who need to bridge gaps in phonics skills through exciting, action-packed adventures.

Catch-Up Readers

  • Multiple series target different reading levels and experiences
  • Age-appropriate illustrations and storylines engage older readers
  • Supporting students at various reading levels, from the alphabet at the CVC level to complex vowel and consonant sounds
  • Introductory-reader-friendly layout

 

Phonic Books workbooks accompany the Dandelion and Catch-Up series to further develop reading fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing, and vocabulary. Paired with the book series, workbooks support phonics programs by providing teaching and practice activities. Permissions allow for photocopies of all workbook pages.

Whether a child is just starting out on their reading journey or needs a boost to reach the next level, Phonic Books are an invaluable educational resource. Phonic Books book series are designed to help kids build confidence in their foundational language skills, as well as develop a love for reading. Browse the full range of books, and keep an eye out for more coming soon!

Explore Phonic Books

Phonic Books Dandelion Launchers Stages 1-7 Sam, Tam, Tim (Alphabet Code)
Decodable Books for Beginner Readers Sounds of the Alphabet
978-1-78369-283-5
$45.00 US
Oct 20, 2016
Boxed Set
168 Pages
Phonic Books

Phonic Books Dandelion Launchers Reading and Writing Activities for Stages 1-7 Sam, Tam, Tim (Alphabet Code)
Photocopiable Activities Accompanying Dandelion Launchers Stages 1-7 (Alphabet Code)
978-1-78369-315-3
$50.00 US
Oct 31, 2019
Paperback
168 Pages
Phonic Books

Phonic Books Dandelion Readers Vowel Spellings Level 3 Jake, the Snake

Phonic Books Dandelion Readers Vowel Spellings Level 3 Activities
Activities Accompanying Dandelion Readers Vowel Spellings Level 3 (Four to five alternative spellings for each vowel sound)
978-1-78369-332-0
$50.00 US
Jul 31, 2021
Paperback
256 Pages
Phonic Books

Phonic Books Moon Dogs Set 1
Decodable Books for Older Readers (Alphabet at CVC Level)
978-1-78369-297-2
$35.00 US
Apr 30, 2018
Boxed Set
96 Pages
Phonic Books

Phonic Books Moon Dogs Set 1 Activities
Photocopiable Activities Accompanying Moon Dogs Set 1 Books for Older Readers (Alphabet at CVC Level)
978-1-78369-302-3
$35.00 US
Jun 30, 2018
Paperback
84 Pages
Phonic Books

Phonic Books Talisman 1
Decodable Books for Older Readers (Alternative Vowel Spellings)
978-1-78369-244-6
$69.00 US
Nov 30, 2014
Boxed Set
200 Pages
Phonic Books

Phonic Books Talisman 1 Activities
Activities Accompanying Talisman 1 Books for Older Readers (Alternative Vowel Spellings)
978-1-78369-248-4
$50.00 US
Nov 30, 2014
Paperback
152 Pages
Phonic Books