Songbirds Phonics Collection - 36 Books (Collection)

Julia Donaldson -
(43) 4 years +

Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, the 36 books in this Songbirds Phonics Collection are specially 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 junior school or supplementing their early learning, these bite-sized tales will promote an early positive reading experience.

Titles in this collection

  • Sam's Pot
  • Top Cat
  • Bob Bug
  • Dig, Dig, Dig
  • Zak and the Vet
  • Mum Bug's Bag
  • Fish and Chips
  • This and That
  • Miss! Miss!
  • The Odd Pet
  • Doctor Duck
  • Singing Dad
  • The Big Match
  • The Shopping List
  • Gran is Cross
  • The Trunk and the Skunk
  • The Scrap Rocket
  • Splash and Squelch
  • Tadpoles
  • The Snake and the Drake
  • Moan, Moan, Moan!
  • The Wrong Kind of Knight
  • Spike Says
  • Queen Anneena's Feast
  • Sue Kangaroo
  • The Cinderella Play
  • Usman's Books
  • The Upside-down Browns
  • Leroy
  • No Milk Today
  • Tara's Party
  • Paula the Vet
  • Where Were You Bert?
  • Clare and the Fair
  • The Deer and the Earwig
  • Jack and the Giants

Book Details

  • Product code: SONB
  • ISBN: 9780198411093
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Collection
  • Dimensions: 21.9cm x 19.2cm
  • Pages: Varies
  • Book points: 16

Customer Ratings


Customer Reviews

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not very good -

I bought these for my son (3) who loves stories. I figured with Oxford Reading Tree and Julia Donaldson you couldn't go wrong, having loved her books and the Floppy series. But there is absolutely no comparison between these books and the Floppy series. While they might be aimed at young readers, the content of the stories is dreadful. Take the book, 'Moan Moan Moan' which tells the story of a young girl whose mum moans at her all day long and the ending of the story is, 'I wish my goldfish was my mum'??? What?! What kind of lessons does that teach a young child? Or 'Tara's party' where a girl called Martha comes to the party and gets teased and ends up saying everyone was nasty to her. I just don't know how these can be compared to the Floppy series by the other reviewers. There is no continuity, a variety of illustration styles, some not very good, even boring, and the content of the stories is incredibly variable. Bad paper quality. Disappointed.

juan, 28/05/2015

Fabulous -

Incredible value for money. My 4- & 5-year-olds are ploughing through these books. Not too long so that children lose interest.

Courtney, 06/01/2015

A must have! -

These are amazing books. We had a long love of Biff and Chip but this was a real breakthrough from letters to phonics to reading. My son, just 4 at the time, and managing letters and some words like cat, dog etc enjoyed knowing the colour levels so after a couple of months green are easy peasy mummy but orange was hard.

I have leant these out and bought a set for my niece and have recommended time and time again. Loved seeing the progression throughout and it set him up for going into reception as an early reader. I was not brought up with phonics so it is great to see how cleverly this is done in short stories. Repetitive but in a really good way. He had a love of books but I credit this set more than any other for reading confidence.

And to top it all a complete bargain!!!

Brookmyre, 19/12/2014

Songbird Phonics Collection -

Great books, some are exactly same with the book from my son's school. Good quality print as well. Great for phonics learners. Great set to keep.

Chao, 16/12/2014

Excellent -

These are fantastic books. The first ones are thinner and less in them, but that is down to the fact that young children just starting to read dont need or want any more!

The books get harder and more pages as you go through them.

They are not books to hand out as party bags fillers, these are far better than that!

And definitely a change from Kipper!!!

Sally, 27/11/2014

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