Books & Cards for Early Readers – Suitable for the Montessori Classroom.

Here is a list of books and cards which are wonderful for early readers. They are applying to child’s interests, sweet and short, engaging, and are great for using in a Montessori environment.

Recently I made a new set of Montessori Inspired Phonetic Word Exercise Cards– Pink and Blue Series – that are there to facilitate children’s learning to read process. This is how they work: first, the child reads a word, then copies it on the line, and then colours in the matching picture. It contains 54 cards and can be bind in exercise books of 6.

You can find cards available here

Bob Books Series. This is a widely excepted and loved series for early readers. It begins with my First Bob Books; Pre-reading Skills.

  Expanding upon the Bob Books method and philosophy, these brand new sets offer children and their parents simple and satisfying tools that lay an important foundation for reading readiness.

My First Bob Books:Alphabet helps children match sounds to letters, letters to words, and words to a story through the introduction of uppercase and lowercase letters and initial letter sounds. My First Bob Books: Pre-Reading Skills uses humorous read-aloud stories to introduce spatial, relational and sequencing concepts that kids need in preparation for reading.

Here you can find more from Bob Books Series: Bob Books First. Set 1. Beginning Readers Bob Books are back, now with a bright, unique box display and colored illustrations throughout that make learning to read even more fun! Bob Books Set 1: Beginning Readers Teach a child letter sounds with Bob Books Set 1! With four letters in the first story, children can read a whole book. Consistent new sounds are added gradually, until young readers have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q). Short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make Bob Books Set 1 a fun confidence builder. With little books, come big success.

Bob Books Set 2 – Advanced Beginners.  Bob Books Set 2: Advancing Beginners Bob Books Set 2 continues to build reading skills. Use of three-letter words and consistent vowel sounds in slightly longer stories build confidence. Children love the hilarious (and sometimes mischievous) stories and pictures. These twelve books, filled with fun, drama, and surprise keep interest high for even the youngest readers.

Bob Books: Sight Words. Kindergarten. Sight words are common words that appear again and again in your children’s reading material. Knowing these words “by sight” is essential for reading fluency. Children learn to easily recognize these words in Bob Books Sight Words. Consistent short vowels and simple stories mean children sound out (decode) most of the story, and must memorize only three sight words per book. With plenty of repetition and context clues, your young reader will quickly master early sight words.

Bob Books: Sight Words. First Grade. These ten books provide 30 more sight words, in slightly longer stories, to build confidence and success in the progressing reader.

Bob Books: Set 3. Word Families “Bob Books Set 3: Word FamiliesIn Bob Books Set 3, children progress gently into the next steps of reading. Consonant blends, endings, and a few sight words advance reading skills and create more complex stories. Use of word families make longer stories more manageable. Children love the eight books and hilarious pictures. They delight in two fun-to-do activity books”.

Bob Books: Set 4. Complex Words Bob Books Set 4: Compound Words In Bob Books Set 4, kids read eight humorous stories. Longer books and complex words engage young readers. New blends, more sight words and longer compound words advance their skills, while sounds repetition keeps reading easy. Meaningful stories and playful pictures keep kids absorbed”.

Bob Books: Set 5.  Long Vowels Bob Books Set 5: Long Vowels Bob Books Set 5 introduces the important new skills of long vowels and the magical silent E. Maturing readers continue to love Bob Books with their lighthearted stories and entertaining pictures.

Phonics Workbook: Level 1An introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words. Featuring illustrations, colouring activities and stickers, it supports the Government’s Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools, and complements the “Very First Reading” series of storybooks.

Easy Phonics WordsSuitable for young children who are just beginning to learn to read, this book helps young readers develop their phonics awareness, a vital early step to literacy. Based on the principles of synthetic phonics, it supports the Government’s Letters and Sounds program used in schools.

First Phonics WordsFor children who are just beginning to learn to read, this book introduces simple words with easy letter sounds and amusing illustrations. Follows the UK government’s reading strategy which uses synthetic phonics.

Oxford Reading Tree Read with Biff, Chip, and Kipper: Level 1: Pack of 8  This pack includes four Phonics storybooks and four First Stories at Level 1. Read With Biff, Chip and Kipper Phonics books have been specially written to allow children to practise their letters and sounds as they do at school. Level 1 practises essential phonics skills such as letter sounds and letter shapes, the alphabet and letter names, reading simple words and sentences. The First Stories have been specially written to introduce and practise a range of everyday key words. Key words at this level include: I, and, it, is, no, on, get, got, go, up, Mum, Dad. There are two stories in each book. Humorous plots, familiar characters and carefully levelled text create the perfect combination to build children’s confidence and enjoyment of reading. Each book includes practical tips and ideas puzzles and fun activities. This series also provides essential support for parents through Visit the Oxford Owl for practical advice, all you need to know about phonics and lots of fun activities and free eBooks. With plenty of support available inside the book and online phonics practice at home has never been so fun or so easy.

Jolly Phonics Read and See, Pack 1 (12 Titles)

 The main skill in reading is blending – the putting together of letter sounds to make a word. Each Read and See book contains hints and advice on teaching children how to blend letter sounds.

Pack of 5 Phonics Readers Set 1 and Pack of 5 Phonics Readers Set 2 – designed for Montessori classrooms.Allowing a child to gain confidence at their own pace when starting to read is key to their success. Many reading schemes aimed at elementary school children take things too fast for many younger children. To address this Amazing Child Montessori has written and published a two-stage reading programme to give the child high success rates and boost reading confidence. This first set of five books (Bad Fox, Hot Dog, Dad’s Cat, Pig, Em’s Egg) uses simple phonic words consisting of consonant-vowel-consonant and minimal sight words: the, and, is, and has. The text is very simple, with no punctuation, and relates clearly to the witty illustrations. The second set of five books use the same stories as set one but rewritten with more vocabulary and simple sentence punctuation. This plot repetition is a useful progression giving the child confidence to tackle the longer sentences. The introduction page is for the adult to discuss with the child. It prepares the child for the sounds and sight words that will be encountered in the book. Sight words are only listed if they are not phonetic.

Montessori Early Reader Books
This book series is based on the Pink, Blue, and Green Series often used in the Montessori Language curriculum. In it, you will find books that are simply written and illustrated (in full color). The books progress in difficulty from phonetic 3 letter words to phonograms. Through this series, a child will discover the joys of beginning to read by him/herself. Sight words are included in each book for the non-phonetic words”.

I hope you found what you were looking for!

  About Anastasia. Anastasia is the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 19 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here. 

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