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EADING WORKS fills in the gaps of learning and teaching English literacy so that questions such as the ones above simply do not happen. Written by a highly experienced teacher who has taught hundreds of children to read, the series is rigorous, energetic, enjoyable, well-graded, a bit quirky, vocabulary-rich, imaginative and thorough.

The teacher, parent, home schooler, speech therapist, special needs teacher, EAL/D and gifted child educators will each find this series particularly helpful because it is systematic, self-motivating, innovative and user-friendly.

Best of all, READING WORKS provides the detail because nothing is left out or assumed. The result? High-level learning success for all abilities.

The Vowels book tells the full story of all 30 sounds for the 6 single-letter vowels in English (a e i o u and y as a vowel), and as well briefly introduces the all-important schwa. Set out in graded sections, this book enables the teacher to plan a systematic program that leaves nothing to chance.

Consonants   Thirty sounds of the 21 single consonant letters in the English alphabet are set out in an easy-to-follow system to ensure success for all learners, whatever their age or level of understanding.

The added advantage for the teacher is being able to assess the progress of each learner in transit to not merely notice a learning gap, but to be able to remedy it in the moment before it grows into becoming a learning difficulty.

Wonder Words is a companion book to the first two books in the READING WORKS series.

The 70+ pages are graded in difficulty, and there is space on each page for optional writing.

This book also helps develop left to right eye-muscle movement as an automatic response when decoding a word. Every page has a full-colour illustration, each a learning drawcard.

Blends   This book has 41 blends, where letters keep their individual sounds when placed together.

Three important concepts come into play here: that written letters in pairs and groups need to be seen with a left to right eye movement; that when converting visual graphemes to aural sound, they need to be said in a smooth left to right sequence; and that a flow of air from the lungs needs to join – i.e. blend – these letter sounds together.

Digraphs   As in all books in the series, the sounds (aural), the saying, using (oral), and the understanding (thinking) are linked with meaning, vocabulary-building, writing (kinaesthetic), self-talk and the social interactions of communication.

This book has 56 examples of letters that have a new sound when placed tighter. The words and sentence examples demonstrate that digraphs can be found in sometimes surprising places within words.

The Schwa   Spelling errors and incorrect pronunciations are frequently made because of an unawareness of this neglected sound. The schwa is at last given its rightful place in the sun!

This book is a problem-solver for students, and is a rare and valuable reference book for teachers.

Silent letters   This book goes well beyond the usual silent k as in know. Did you know that only three letters in the alphabet are never silent?

In this unusual collection there are over 200 words, pictures and sentences to assist the teacher and learner to never again be caught out by these tricksters!

Contractions   This collection has over 70 everyday contractions together with a sentence for each that entertains as well as informs. Contractions can be especially difficult for those with a non-English-speaking background as well as being confusing for many beginner readers.

This book has been written with both groups in mind.

Uncountables - Plurals without s    The 195 plurals without s presented here are vocabulary-rich and informative. The teacher will also enjoy using these sentences to teach parts of speech (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc), reinforce punctuation, discuss sequential thinking, apply spelling rules and foster a love for creating prose and poetry.

Every page has a wide spectrum of lesson possibilities. This enables the teacher to build lessons to suit a wide range of abilities within the same class.

Homophones + Heteronyms    The reader will find 100s of fully illustrated homophones + heteronyms here as both a reference and a valuable and rather unusual teaching resource.

Opportunities to develop fluent reading are another aspect of this book, and the heteronym collection will give the reader some very interesting surprises!

A - Z Letters and their sounds   This book of lists is a definitive reference that sets out all the sounds, silences, doubles, exceptions and essential details of every letter in the alphabet.

Students and teachers of English will particularly enjoy using this book because of its high visual appeal and the vast amount of information provided in this book.

IPA Sounds and their letters   This is yet another definitive work. There are 53 IPA letters of every sound in words and pictures linked to their phonics (sound) and graphemes (written letter symbols).

As a teaching resorce, this book of lists is a perfect springboard for teacher-directed language activities. These include spelling, creative work (both oral and written), dictionary games, research skill development, reporting, hearing small differences in words, and much more.

Nuts and Bolts Literacy Teaching Manual   

As the name suggests, this book provides ideas, suggestions and a multitude of ways for the time-poor teacher be able to present a whole raft of high-powered lessons. The multiple and varied aspects of language education are covered within these pages.

The information here is easy to read, and topics can be cherry-picked to suit the needs of the teacher.

As a demonstration of how many lessons are possible from just one row in one book, an example from the Consonants book (click here) has been given the 'full treatment' of what is possible.

READING WORKS Alphabet Sound Chart for Beginner Readers

This sound chart is perfect for small-group learning. It provides an introduction to the initial sounds and letter shapes of the English alphabet.

A3 format.

Note: A4 personal-size chart is also available.
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Click on the Look Inside buttons on each book to 'step through the wardrobe' and into the wonderful world of READING WORKS.

Where are the worksheets? The emphasis in these books is on speaking, listening, enjoying, using, exploring and seeing language in action.

The teacher therefore has the freedom to devise short and pertinent written activities to suit the needs of their learners 'in the moment' rather than fitting all learners to a one-size-(doesn't)-fit-all worksheet. 

Why only hard copies? The author believes that the close tactile contact with a real book has a great many advantages over a screened version. A real book is physically closer, and it can be controlled by the learner to linger over the words, re-read the sentences, study the pictures – and allow for that all-important revision step – the time to think.


READING WORKS is suitable for

  • beginners to advanced first language learners
  • EFL/ESL students of all ages and backgrounds
  • children, teens, adults, groups, individuals
  • schools and home learning
  • teachers wanting a ‘no gaps’ system
  • literacy coaches, parents, speech therapists.

READING WORKS has been written as resource material to help students learn and teachers teach the intricacies of English.

Using full-colour illustrations to reinforce each point and make learning enjoyable, the books are graded from easy to advanced - offering reinforcement learning, challenges and a lot of fun along the way.

The mini-story sentences and pictures in READING WORKS have been designed and selected specifically to stimulate interactive expert-led discussions, to join together phonics and whole language, and to bring the real world of wonder and humanity into the classroom.

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Any questions? Please contact Ellie.