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“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 Collections

Iím delighted that the Songbirds stories are now available as part of OUPís new Read with Oxford range, designed to be used in homes. There are between six and twelve stories in each volume.

cover - Bob Bug and other storiesBob Bug and other stories Stage 1

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764768


cover - Singing Dad and other storiesSinging Dad and other stories
Stage 2

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764775


cover - Ron Rabbit's Egg and other storiesRon Rabbit's Egg and other stories
Stage 2

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764782


cover - The Trunk and the Skunk and other storiesThe Trunk and the Skunk and other stories
Stage 2

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764799


cover - Spike Says and other storiesSpike Says and other stories
Stage 3

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764805


cover - Tim's Bad Mood and other storiesTim's Bad Mood and other stories
Stage 3

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764812


cover - Usman's Books and other storiesUsman's Books and other stories
Stage 3

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764829


cover - Clare and the Fair and other storiesClare and the Fair and other stories
Stage 4

Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0192764836



"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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