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cover - Follow the SwallowFollow the Swallow

illustrated by Martin Ursell

Egmont,
isbn 978-1405201414

An amusing Chinese whispers story about a blackbird who is trying to get a message to a swallow. Part of the Blue Banana series for beginner readers.

"There is much to be learned from this book for the young reader - the habits of two British birds; information about British and African animals, and not least how two characters with very different lives can still be friends."  Amazon reader


cover - SpinderellaSpinderella

illustrated by Liz Pichon

Egmont,
isbn 978-1405200721

Spinderella, a young spider, longs to win at football but can’t count the goals! She needs the help of her Hairy Godmother . . . Part of the Blue Banana series for early readers.

"An engaging story, with facts and activities about football, counting and halving."  Best Book Guide


cover - Swallows and SpidersSwallows and Spiders

illustrated by Martin Ursell and Liz Pichon

Egmont (two stories in one),
isbn 978-1405262095

This book contains two stories previously published in the Blue Banana series – Follow the Swallow and Spinderella.

Chack the blackbird needs to get a message to his friend Apollo the Swallow. Spinderella the spider longs to learn about numbers but everyone thinks she’s silly.


cover - The Wrong Kind of BarkThe Wrong Kind of Bark

illustrated by Garry Parsons

Egmont
isbn 978-1405210621

A funny story about a dreamy boy who keeps on bringing in the wrong things for his classroom’s Nature Table. When he brings his puppy in it seems that his teacher’s patience is finally at an end.

Part of the Red Banana series for early readers

"a lovely, funny short story with large print and lots of pictures for those beginning to gain confidence with their reading."  Hampshire Primary Times

The Wrong Kind of Bark has been translated into British Sign Language and you can watch it on www.signedstories.com


cover - The Quick Brown Fox CubThe Quick Brown Fox Cub

illustrated by Lucy Richards,

Egmont,
isbn 978-1405212687

Frisk is an adventurous fox cub. His mum says that days are for sleeping and not for exploring, but Frisk disagrees and follows a little girl to school . . .

Part of the Red Bananas series for building reading confidence.


cover - Animals in SchoolAnimals in School

illustrated by Lucy Richards & Gary Parsons

Egmont (two stories in one),
isbn 978-1405262101

This book contains two stories previously published in the Red Banana series - The Quick Brown Fox Cub and The Wrong Kind of Bark.

Frisk is a curious fox cub who loves exploring. What will he discover when he follows Jenny to school one day?

Finlay’s a dreamer and he’s always getting things wrong. So when he brings his puppy into class it looks as if he’s heading for big trouble!


cover - Brick-a-BreckBrick-a-Breck

illustrated by Philippe Dupasquier

A & C Black,
isbn 978-0713664416

This was inspired by my youngest son, Jerry, a breakfast cereal addict. It’s the story of a boy who wins a competition to design his own breakfast cereal, with unexpected results.

Part of A and C Black’s Chameleon series for beginner readers

"funny and satisfying."  School Librarian


cover - Mr. Birdsnest and the House Next DoorMr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

illustrated by Hannah Shaw

Barrington Stoke Little Gems,
isbn 978-1781120057

Elmo and  his sister love to play in the jungle house next door.  But then old Mr Birdsnest moves in.  Will the jungle house be out of bounds forever?

This book has dyslexia-friendly features

This story previously appeared in The Jungle House


cover - The Snake who Came to StayThe Snake who Came to Stay

illustrated by Hannah Shaw

Barrington Stoke Little Gems,
isbn 978-1781120088

Polly’s Holiday Home for Pets is now open. But not everything is going to plan...!

This book has dyslexia-friendly features

This story previously appeared in The Jungle House


There are also early reading editions of the following picture books. Click the titles for the links to Amazon.

A Squash and a Squeeze

The Gruffalo

Room on the Broom

The Snail and the Whale

The Gruffalo's Child

Tiddler

Stick Man

Tabby McTat

Tyrannosaurus Drip

What the Ladybird Heard

The Princess and the Wizard

 


Songbirds Bind-ups

I am delighted that “bind-up” editions of the Songbirds can now be bought in bookshops, with 6 to 12 titles in each volume.

cover - Top Cat and other StoriesTop Cat and Other Stories Stage 1+

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192792969

cover - The Odd Pet and Other StoriesThe Odd Pet and Other Stories
Stage 2

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192792976

cover - The Ox and the Yak and Other StoriesThe Ox and the Yak and Other Stories
Stage 2

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192792983

cover - The Scrap Rocket and Other StoriesThe Scrap Rocket and Other Stories
Stage 3

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192792990

cover - Where is the Snail  and Other StoriesWhere is the Snail and Other Stories
Stage 3

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192793003

cover - Tadpoles and Other StoriesTadpoles and Other Stories
Stage 4

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192793010

cover - My Cat and Other StoriesMy Cat and Other Stories
Stage 4

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192793027

cover - Leroyt and Other StoriesLeroy and Other Stories
Stage 5

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192793034

cover - Where were you Bert? and Other StoriesWhere Were You Bert? and Other Stories
Stage 6

Oxford University Press
isbn 978-0192793041

"Songbirds Phonics is a pedigree scheme worth every penny for helping children get to grips with words, sounds and spelling patterns, and to inspire a love of reading. Writing this collection couldn’t have been easy though, because virtually every word in each book is phonically decodable .......

Julia Donaldson has described Songbirds as her ‘proudest achievement’ and it is easy to see why....

For me, Songbirds Phonics is a high quality, powerful storytelling scheme written by one of the best." Teach Primary


 

   
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