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Songbirds covers: Gran is Cross, Paula the Vet, The Wrong kind of Knight, Sue Kangaroo, Bob Bug, Jack and the Giants, Fish and Chips, Taras party

“Songbirds” is a complete phonic reading scheme of 60 books, part of the the immensely popular Oxford Reading Tree. Ever since I taught my sister
to read by the phonic method, when I was six and she was four, I have
been fascinated by words, sounds and spelling patterns. Creating the “Songbirds” series was an enormous challenge ofmy favourite kind. Almost every word in every book had to be phonically decodable, and yet I wanted to write real stories which children would enjoy reading. I was determined also that the content and illustrations should be as varied as possible, as I know how children’s tastes differ and how monotonous some reading schemes can be. So some of the stories are in prose, some in rhyme, some are realistic and others fantastical. There are a few non-fiction titles, a play and a quiz, and the books are illustrated by a wonderful variety of artists. I think my favourite characters are Spike who says he can dive, drive and feed wild lions, and a kleptomaniac kangaroo called Sue who comes to school and steals the spoons and glue.

The Songbirds page outlines the entire scheme and gives the phonetic contents of each book together with an Amazon link for individual purchases.

For educational orders, visit OUP or phone OUP Customer Services: 01536 741171.

It’s possible to buy signed copies of the "bind-up" editions from my local bookshop, by clicking on the “Buy a signed copy” link.


Songbirds Bind-ups

I am delighted that “bind-up” editions of many of the Songbirds phonic books 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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