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Best Phonics Learn-to-Read books

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Phonics books are useful and effective in teaching kids how to read. The phonics system helps children sound out different letters and words and introduces the patterns children will need to recognize to be successful readers. The books also help children with word recognition and improve their ability to spell. Below we discuss the best phonics books that will help your child improve their reading, writing and communication skills — and their confidence.

This reading program has helped over 5 million kids become confident readers and is approved by the Children’s Reading Foundation, a nonprofit that works to support reading proficiency. There are 36 original storybooks that reinforce various skills and eight workbooks full of different lessons and fun activities, with detailed graphics to help readers stay engaged. Eight DVDs are also included and provide entertaining introductions, including music videos where letters come to life. Children can also use eight sets of stickers and two sets of flashcards for easy memorization. The program is both easy to use and thorough, providing children with reading and writing support from preschool through second grade.

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Starfall Learn to Read 15 Phonics Books (Paperback)


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Designed for explicit phonics instruction, these books include memorable characters and plots that are entertaining for kids as they learn to read. The back of each book includes a list of vocabulary words and sound groups, making new concepts easy to review, and the detailed graphics help children understand what they’re reading. Additionally, the books are solidly constructed, which prevents the pages from tearing out easily.

These plays are designed to reinforce key phonetic skills by introducing long, short and r-controlled vowels, as well as the silent “e” and consonant blends. Children will improve their concentration, vocabulary and listening skills. Made for students from kindergarten to second grade, the book includes short plays for various reading levels. The reproducible plays can be read aloud and acted out in the classroom or at home. The scripts are fun and realistic, allowing kids to get into different characters. The short scripts are easy to learn and build children’s fluency in reading.

This workbook allows children to learn through word images and the sounding out of letters. Kids will improve their phonetic skills by using recognition drills, including fun puzzles and games that involve magical creatures. The colorful imagery makes the workbook easy for children to enjoy. The product is made from durable stock paper to prevent the pages from tearing or bending easily. Kids get the chance to learn how to read and write words, use them in sentences and draw pictures to reinforce various concepts.

With 12 mini books included in this set, children will have plenty of practice reading both short and long vowel sounds. Kids are also introduced to various sight words. The stories are entertaining and fun to read, encouraging children to move on to the next book in the set. The books are conveniently stored in a solid box to keep them organized and easy to access.

Expert Commentary

“Despite the prevalence of the sight-word focused early reading programs, I am still a fan of phonics-based reading curriculums. Most of my top readers have all learned through phonics, and it is also how I have taught my own children to read. Understanding your child’s learning style is critical to the success of any phonics book or kit. If your child needs more work blending or with certain endings, then you may need to spend more time in that area, move slower or focus on shorter sessions spread out over more days.”

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Kelsey Daubenmier is a licensed primary school teacher with over 10 years of experience in primary education. Kelsey thoughtfully balances the demands of raising four children with the never-ending stack of papers to grade and lesson plans to prepare. In the last decade, Kelsey has gained experiences educating children as young as 5 and as old as 11. She is passionate about bringing the best possible baby and children’s products to you and your loved ones.