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70 decodable books with real stories using words that children can read!


Red Squirrel Phonics helps teach children phonics skills in a sequential and systematic way, so that they can learn the sounds (phonemes), and the letters that represent them (graphemes) and then practise and apply this knowledge through reading a text that makes sense. This ensures that every beginning reader will experience success in their reading from their very first book!

Red Squirrel Phonics features

  • 70 enjoyable stories that can be used to complement Letters and Sounds and other systematic synthetic phonics programmes
  • Decodable vocabulary with some high-frequency words
  • Systematic progression for learning the sounds (phonemes) and the letters that represent them (graphemes)
  • Comprehensive Teachers’ Books that include guided reading lesson plans, activity sheets and assessment
  • The first 50 books feature characters from the same family along with their pets and friends
  • The last 20 books introduce a wider range of characters and artwork styles perfect for readers beginning to grow in confidence
  • Teaching notes included in each book

Teacher Books

In addition to the summary of teaching points provided in each book, we also offer two comprehensive Teachers’ Books. Each Teacher’s Book includes:

  • Phonics overview
  • Scope and sequence
  • Explicit Guided Reading teaching notes
  • Photocopiable activity pages for every book
  • Word banks
  • Assessment


As advisers for Kent primary schools, we feel happy and confident to promote Red Squirrel decodable books to our English Leaders. We particularly like the clarity of each page, the simplicity of the font and the presentation of clear pictures, which are easy to process and understand. Even the earliest books are based on a meaningful story, making them interesting to read and talk about. There’s plenty of guidance inside the cover for the adult too. It’s very easy to see at a glance which phonemes and graphemes are included, so that the book can be matched to what the child already knows. This scheme could be used alongside the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, as it complements (rather than copies) each phase from phase 2.
We unreservedly recommend this product to add to your reading repertoire! Penelope Bill, Specialist Improvement Adviser (English), Primary School Improvement, The Education People
Raintree’s phonics programme does an excellent job of teaching children to decode, but the resources offer plenty more besides...What is most impressive is the clarity of the learning journey. The books are designed for success from the outset and Red Squirrel Phonics has pitched the challenge of each text perfectly.
The important point is that the series isn’t just decodable texts. What makes them stand out is the quality of the stories. Adam Riches, Teach Reading & Writing

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