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Our phonics books for kids provide a useful study aid at home and at school. They will help children recognise links between sounds, spelling and pronunciation, as they develop reading skills. Phonics for kids books are essential as children learn to read, we then have a range of accelerated reader books and book bands for those ready to progress!

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Phonics Books & Reading Schemes

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    Collins Easy Learning Flashcards: Numbers

    Collins Easy Learning

    Product Code: FNU2
    Other 3 years +
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    Children can learn numbers 0-20 by looking at the colourful pictures and numerals on these educational flashcards. They provide a fun and easy way for children to build their confidence in counting and recognise a wide range of numbers.

    Perfect for preparing your children for school, they will help children practise numbers and encourage them to trace them and develop early adding and taking away skills. There are also symbol cards to help children practise simple sums.

    There is helpful guidance for parents and even ideas for fun games to play with the cards.
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    The Ethan I Was Before

    Ali Standish

    Product Code: CGB2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    My dare. My friend. My fault. Uplifting and unpredictable, this poignant debut middle-grade novel is a classic in the making. Perfect for fans of Wonder and A Boy Called Hope. Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from the city he loves to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. Ethan's new home feels like the place for second chances. It's also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn't the only one with secrets. Coralee's are catching up with her, and what she's hiding might be putting both their lives at risk. The Ethan I Was Before is a story of friendship, wonder, adventure and ultimately of hope.
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    Insults Aren't Funny

    Amanda F. Doering

    Product Code: AIY2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Casey the rabbit loves to play goalie on the soccer team. But when Casey fails to block a goal, Dana the squirrel starts calling Casey hurtful names. Young readers watch Casey struggle with bullying and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of verbal bullying.
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    Thor and Loki

    Carl Bowen

    Product Code: XAF2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Loki, the god of mischief, is Thor's troublesome adopted brother. Their father Odin (ruler of the Viking gods), orders the quarrelsome siblings to tame the violent Giants once and for all together. But what Loki and Thor find in their series of adventures puts them in conflict with each other as well as with the giants. And in the land of Utgard, a mysterious place made from magic and illusion, Thor must trust his magic-wielding and misbehaving brother in order to get out alive. Likewise, Loki must count on his brother's unmatched strength if he, too, hopes to survive their encounters with the Giants.
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    The Most Adorable Animals in the World

    Tammy Gagne

    Product Code: AKJ2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    This book will delight children and adults - it's full of the world's most cuddly and cutest animals. It is packed with large and colourful photos and facts and includes information on ranges, habitats, appearances and behaviours.
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    Sometimes Jokes Aren't Funny

    Amanda F. Doering

    Product Code: AOE2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Jamie, Terry, and Sydney have been going to Camp Barkley every summer since they were puppies. But when a new dog named Taylor joins their cabin, Taylor's mean jokes make Jamie feel left out and picked on. Young readers watch Jamie struggle with Taylor's jokes and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of covert, or indirect, bullying.
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    Peeking Under Your Skin

    Karen Latchana Kenney

    Product Code: WXF2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Fascinate kids with what lies right under their own skin. Fun-to-explore, high-density illustrations and informative text make the circulatory system, digestive system, and other complex inner-workings of the human body easy to understand.
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    Daily Life in Ancient Greece

    Lisa M. Bolt Simons

    Product Code: AEK2
    Hardback 7 years +
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    This informative and accessible book offers a look at what day-to-day life was like for the ancient Greeks. It reveals how the people who lived during this time went about their daily routine and how children went to 'school' in this period.
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    Farm Animals

    Nancy Dickmann

    Product Code: CAJ2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    Young children can learn all about farms and the work they do in this simple, accessible and informative book. It provides and overview of what farming is really like and covers some traditional methods that are no longer used e.g. oxen-pulling ploughs.
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    Pushing Isn't Funny

    Melissa Higgins

    Product Code: AKZ2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Bailey is a raccoon who loves math and the superhero Mighty Raccoon. But Bailey is getting physically bullied by Kim, a dog at school. Young readers watch Bailey struggle with bullying and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of physical bullying.
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    Grumpy Frog

    Ed Vere

    Product Code: AVK2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Grumpy Frog is not grumpy. He loves green, and he loves to hop, and he loves winning. But what happens when Grumpy Frog doesn't win, or encounters - horror of horrors - a Pink Rabbit? Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry. A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting - and getting rid of - the grumps from New York Times best-selling author, Ed Vere.
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    The Tree of Life

    Charlotte Guillain

    Product Code: WZY2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Each book in this beautifully illustrated series presents a different folk tale from around the world. This book tells the story of the Tree of Life, a traditional Amazonian folk tale. In it, the people of an Amazonian village learn the importance of looking after nature and the dangers of being too greedy.
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    Roller Girl

    Victoria Jamieson

    Product Code: AVM2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for a summer camp, she's sure Nicole will be right by her side - until Nicole signs up for ballet camp instead, with Astrid's biggest rival. So begins the hardest summer of Astrid's life, as she struggles to stay on her skates, to learn who she is without Nicole . . . and to find out what it takes to be a strong, tough, awesome roller girl.
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    The Strangest Animals in the World

    Tammy Gagne

    Product Code: AOJ2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Discover the strangest animals in the world in this incredibly informative and awe-inspiring book. Among its highlights are a monkey with a moustache, a rodent that can detect danger and an octopus that looks like an elephant.

    Packed with enticing, full-colour photos and fascinating facts, this book looks at the odd appearances and bizarre behaviour of these fantastically strange creatures.
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    Radio Boy

    Christian O'Connell

    Product Code: RAO2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    When Spike is sacked from his job on hospital radio, he decides to make the most of a bad situation by launching his own show from a makeshift studio in his dad's shed. To avoid being found out, he takes on the secret identity of Radio Boy...

    Spike soon has a hit on his hands but can he handle this newfound fame? He decides that Radio Boy should call a homework strike, but quickly reconsiders if this is a good idea. Spike's also desperate to impress Katherine Hamilton... But how can he do this when he needs to keep his Radio Boy identity a secret?

    Absolute Radio (and Book People Bedtime Story Competition judge!) Christian O'Connell's debut children's book is a laugh-out-loud read about a boy who stumbles upon something extraordinary. This book features illustrations from Rob Biddulph and will appeal to fans of David Walliams, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Baddiel.
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    I Can Only Draw Worms

    Will Mabbitt

    Product Code: AVL2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    This book is about worms. I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring - but you'd be wrong. These worms have INCREDIBLE adventures! I can't draw those bits, though, so you'll have to imagine them. A hilarious and superbly silly book that will have children in stitches and begging for more.
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    Thor vs. the Giants

    Carl Bowen

    Product Code: XAG2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Odin, father of the Viking gods, shares his favourite tales of his son, Thor! With his mighty hammer Mjolnir firmly in hand, Thor sets out to show the warlike Giants why he should be feared. But Thor finds his battles with the Giants to be anything but easy. Known for his strength, bullheadedness and temper, Thor find himself under the thumb of many a giant before his adventures are over. Outnumbered and outsized, Thor is forced to use his brains as well as his brawn. Unfortunately, Thor's adopted brother Loki, a Giant himself, has a habit of complicating everything.
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    Little Red Riding Hood Stories Around the World

    Jessica Gunderson

    Product Code: AJN2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    This beautifully illustrated book looks at the versions of Little Red Riding Hood from German, Italian and Taiwanese cultures. One has a tiger grandmother and another finds Red being saved by a talking river.

    These different takes on fairy tales are sure to delight younger children who are starting to read by themselves.
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    How Food Gets from Farms to Shop Shelves

    Erika L. Shores

    Product Code: AHU2
    Hardback 5 years +
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    Have you ever wondered how your breakfast cereal or a banana gets on to the shelves of your local supermarket? This accessible science book will show you.

    It explains how food gets from farms to stores and looks at the role the community workers play in this process.
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    The Wind in the Willows

    Stephanie True Peters

    Product Code: XAE2
    Paperback 10 years +
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    Part of the Graphic Revolve series, this version of The Wind in the Willows is a graphic novel illustrated by Fernando Cano.

    Mole, Rat and Badger are the best of friends. As for Toad, well . . . he's not he's a bad guy. It's just that he really, REALLY loves cars. If he sees a sporty vehicle, he can't help but ask to take it for a spin. And if he takes it for a spin, he can't help but find out how fast it goes. And whenever he finds out how fast a car can go, Toad tends to end up in big trouble. Will Toad's pals save him from ending up in prison, or will Toad land his friends in even bigger trouble?
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    A Sunflower's Life Cycle

    Mary R. Dunn

    Product Code: AOK2
    Hardback 5 years +
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    Learn all about how a sunflower grows from a seed to a tall plant with this accessible science book.

    It's sure to delight children with an interest in biology and offers a step-by-step guide to the stages of a sunflower's life. It also looks at how sunflowers change in appearance during this process.
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    Thank You, Mr Panda

    Steve Antony

    Product Code: BJA2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    'An ideal book for kids to learn about the importance of good manners.' Sun Mr Panda is happy to help his friends prepare for a special surprise - IF they remember to say thank you! The grumpiest of Pandas and his friends are back for a third hilarious story about the importance of good manners. Steve Antony's Please Mr Panda has taken the publishing world by storm, selling over 200,000 copies since it was first published. Steve won the Oscar's First Book Prize for The Queen's Hat. 'There's a new pre-school politeness tsar in town.' The Times
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    Can I Tell You a Secret?

    Anna Kang

    Product Code: BMJ2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    A charming tale about being brave and sharing your worries, from the author and illustrator of You Are (Not) Small and That's (Not) Mine! Pssst! Monty the frog has a secret. Promise not to tell? He can't swim! And he's terrified of water! What is he going to do? Luckily, when he's persuaded to tell his parents, they are very understanding. In fact, his dad has a secret of his own... The simple text from Anna Kang and bold illustrations from the New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant tell an original and funny story about sharing your worries and facing your fears. Visit Christopher at www.christopherweyant.com. Praise for You are (Not) Small: "Charming characters, a clever plot and a quiet message tucked inside a humorous tale." Kirkus Reviews
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    Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake

    David Melling

    Product Code: BIX2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Join Douglas on a honey hunt in the seventh Hugless Douglas adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages! The sheep are baking honey cakes and Douglas can't wait to try them. He's sure that food without honey just isn't yummy. Can he ever be tempted to try something new? David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his seventh book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail
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Phonics and reading scheme books have been specifically created to help your children develop their language and reading skills. From the classic Biff, Chip and Kipper books to the Ladybird collection of keywords, there's a book to help them every step of their way to reading success.

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The range of books in this category are grouped according to the age they're suitable for, with specific titles for ages three and up, five and up, and seven plus. Our extensive range also includes ways to make learning to read much more fun, including word games, poetry books and spelling books – if your child needs a particular leg up, you'll find the solution here.

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With a great variety of topics and stories to tempt your little ones into reading, the collection of phonics and reading scheme books we carry is really varied. If your child doesn't have success with one, there's always another that might get them properly engrossed.

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