Top 7 Best Phonics Books for 5-year-olds

The wonderful stories and gorgeous illustrations in these brilliant books are guaranteed to delight children as they develop their phonics and reading skills. See below for the best phonics books for 5-year-olds.

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1. Songbirds Phonics Series

Julia Donaldson

The author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, writes in her perfectly playful and rhythmic style in these vibrant books, which feature bright illustrations and lots of fun! Little readers are sure to be engrossed as they develop their reading skills with these bite-sized stories.

2. Practise Your Phonics with Traditional Tales

Discover 20 spellbinding stories in this wonderful series, which will enable children to build their confidence until they're reading all by themselves. Beginning with two text-free tales and then simple stories with minimal text, the series gradually progresses through the reading levels with the help of delightful stories and fairy tales, including Cinderella, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast.

3. Oxford Reading Tree: Snapdragons Series

This super selection of stories, written and illustrated by top authors and illustrators, is sure to captivate kids' imaginations whilst helping them develop their reading skills. Presented in different shapes and sizes, the series starts with simple picture books and progresses to more advanced stories. These colourful stories feature fun, familiar themes, such as families, animals and activities.

4. Walker Stories

This gorgeous series of much-loved tales will delight children aged 5 and up, who will love the range of topics covered, from home to hobbies, pets to playtime, family to friends. The stories include lots of diverse characters from different backgrounds, making for varied and engaging reads. Young readers will be enthralled as they develop their phonics and reading skills.

5. Songbirds Activity Collection

Julia Donaldson

Dream-team collaborators Oxford Reading Tree and Julia Donaldson present these exciting phonics activity books, which will inspire kids aged between 4 and 6 to develop essential phonics, reading and writing skills. Bright, bold and seriously fun, kids won't be able to put these books down. They're bursting with engaging activities, some of which can be completed with the stickers provided. Kids can get to grips with letters, pronouncing and identifying sounds, and developing vital reading skills.

6. Reading with Phonics

This 10-book series includes familiar favourite tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. It features exuberant illustrations that kids will love as well as fun, rhyming text, great for helping kids perfect their phonics skills. There are also engaging activities to complete, including rhyming words, letter sounds, how letters work together and even a 'retell the story' section for extra fun! These bright books are sure to inspire a love of reading in children.

7. Reading Together: Fairy Tale Phonics

Featuring lots of favourite fairy-tales like Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs, these classic stories have been carefully retold to help young readers develop their phonics skills and match different letters with unique sounds. Each book comes with 70 reusable stickers, making for a hugely fun and interactive way to learn - not to mention the amazing poster included in the set, which features all 44 sounds practised in the books!

  • Songbirds Phonics Collection - 36 Books - Collection - 9780198411093 - Julia Donaldson
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    Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, the 36 books in this Songbirds Phonics Collection are especially designed to help ease young children through the process of learning to read.

    From the Oxford Reading Tree, this collection combines playful rhythm-and-rhyme tales with vibrant and interesting illustrations sure to engage little ones.

    Great for encouraging gradual progress and for preparing children for studies in primary school or supplementing their early learning, these bite-sized tales will promote an early positive reading experience.
  • Songbirds Activity Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780192743114 - Julia Donaldson
    SBAC 4 years +
    4 years +
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    From the dream combination of Oxford Reading Tree and Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, these phonics activity books will inspire children aged between 4 and 6 to develop all their essential reading and writing skills.

    Bright and boldly presented in a very appealing style, the books are packed full of fun and engaging activities, some of which can be completed using the stickers provided. This will help children develop their coordination skills.

    With eight books to work through, these books provide a great way for children to practise pronouncing and identifying sounds, getting to grips with letters and developing key reading skills - at an early age - in the comfort of their own home.
  • Practise Your Phonics with Traditional Tales - 21 Books - Collection - 9780198332558
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    Part of the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, this big, beautiful, boxed collection contains 20 fantastic stories that children will be able to enjoy reading by themselves.

    Starting with the text-free The Ugly Duckling and the Elves and Shoemaker and then moving onto Chicken Licken and Right for Me - two picture books that contain minimal text so children can tell the story in their own words - the collection gradually progresses through the reading levels with the help of some traditional stories and fairy tales.

    The familiar fairy tales make the books instantly appealing and young readers will absolutely love reading about Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast independently. Certain to help inspire a love of reading, all the books in this collection feature stunning illustrations and familiar language that will capture a child's imagination.

    Please note that this 21-book collection contains 20 stories and a handbook for parents.
  • Walker Stories Collection - 30 Books - Collection - 9781406353235 - Various
    WSTY 5 years +
    5 years +
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    For decades, Walker Books have created beautiful books that have become staples on the bookshelves of children.

    This impressive collection of 30 books - all with black-and-white illustrations - will introduce children aged 5 and over to a range of varied, familiar and easy-to-follow stories and even encompasses a range of real-life topics that will be sure to educate young children.

    From family to friends; home to hobbies; special occasions to amazing animals; and pets to playtime; as well as characters from a range of backgrounds and nationalities and themes including gentle morals for growing up, this brilliantly priced collection features plenty of tales that your primary school-aged child will love reading and returning to time and time again.

    Dimensions: Each book 185 x 135mm
  • Reading with Phonics Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781783933624
    PHNR 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £9.99
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    This collection is now out of stock. However, you can now buy its follow-up 10-book collection - just search product code RWPH.

    Especially designed to develop the reading confidence of young children aged between 5 and 7 years old, this 10-book phonics collection includes famous stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Cinderella.

    With Clare Fennell's vibrant illustrations adding extra appeal, each story has entertaining, rhyming text that will complement a child's more formal learning. There is also advice for parents to follow so they can make the most of the books.

    Activities included in the books are rhyming words, letter sounds, the way letters work together and even a 'retell the story' section! The familiar stories will help children learn about phonics and inspire a love of reading.
  • Reading Together Fairy Tale Phonics Collection with Poster - 8 Books - Collection - 9781786171559
    RTFT 3 years +
    3 years +
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    With familiar fairy tales, this eight-book collection is perfect for children to share with their parents as they begin to learn about phonics.

    Including Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Puss in Boots, the fairy tales have been carefully retold to help children develop their decoding skills and link different letters to distinct sounds.There are also sounding out and word-building activities to partake in.

    All the books come with 70 reusable stickers and there's even a poster which features all 44 sounds that are practised in the books. There are also helpful hints for grown-ups on what sounds they should focus on while they read, scattered throughout the books.

    Poster dimensions: 550 x 645mm.