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Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Read It Yourself with Ladybird

Marina Le Ray

Based on the classic fairy tale. While the three bears are out for a walk, naughty little Goldilocks comes calling and tries out their porridge, chairs and beds to see which are just right. But then the three bears come home...

Read it yourself with Ladybird is one of Ladybird's best-selling series. For over thirty-five years it has helped young children who are learning to read develop and improve their reading skills.

Each Read it yourself book is very carefully written to include many key, high-frequency words that are vital for learning to read, as well as a limited number of story words that are introduced and practised throughout. Simple sentences and frequently repeated words help to build the confidence of beginner readers and the four different levels of books support children all the way from very first reading practice through to independent, fluent reading.

Each book has been carefully checked by educational consultants and can be read independently at home or used in a guided reading session at school. Further content includes comprehension puzzles, helpful notes for parents, carers and teachers, and book band information for use in schools.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a Level 1 Read it yourself title, suitable for very early readers who have had some initial reading instruction and are ready to take their first steps in reading real stories. Each story is told very simply, using a small number of frequently repeated words.

Peppa Pig: Nature Trail - Read it yourself with Ladybird

Peppa Pig and her family are enjoying a nature walk when they get lost. Can Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig get safely back to the car for their lunch?

Read it yourself with Ladybird is one of Ladybird's best-selling series. For over thirty-five years it has helped young children who are learning to read develop and improve their reading skills.

Each Read it yourself book is very carefully written to include many key, high-frequency words that are vital for learning to read, as well as a limited number of story words that are introduced and practised throughout. Simple sentences and frequently repeated words help to build the confidence of beginner readers and the four different levels of books support children all the way from very first reading practice through to independent, fluent reading.

Each book has been carefully checked by educational consultants and can be read independently at home or used in a guided reading session at school. Further content includes comprehension puzzles, helpful notes for parents, carers and teachers, and book band information for use in schools.

Peppa Pig: Nature Trail is a Level 2 Read it yourself title, ideal for children who have received some initial reading instruction and can read short, simple sentences with help.

Captain Comet's Space Party Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 1

A brand-new set of phonics readers from Ladybird - perfect for helping your child with their phonics learning at school. Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics readers uses simple language and engaging, humorous stories to help children develop their phonics skills. The series has been carefully written to give gradual, structured practice of the synthetic phonics your child is learning at school.

Captain Comet's Space Party at level 1 teaches children to find the sound at the beginning of a word - the initial letter sound. The later books introduce phonemes in a similar order to the way they are taught in most UK schools and also provide practice of common tricky words, such as the and said, that cannot be sounded out.

The series closely follows the order that a child is taught phonics in school, from initial letter sounds to key phonemes and beyond. It helps to build reading confidence through practice of these phonics building blocks, and reinforces school learning in a fun way.

With simple vocabulary and subtle comprehension cues, these phonic readers will encourage, motivate and ignite children's excitement about reading.

Other titles in the series are: Phoneme Flash cards: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Say the Sounds: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics, Nat Naps! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 2, Top Dog: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 3, Huff! Puff! Run! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 4, Fix It Vets: Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 5,
Dash is Fab! Ladybird I'm Ready for Phonics: Level 6

Key Words: 1a Play with us

W. Murray

The first Key Words with Peter and Jane book, from Ladybird.

Key Words with Peter and Jane uses the most frequently met words in the English language as a starting point for learning to read successfully and confidently. The Key Words reading scheme is scientifically researched and world renowned.

Book 1a introduces Peter and Jane in 16 new words including 'and', 'I', 'likes' and 'has'. Once this book has been completed, the child moves on to book 1b.

The Key Words with Peter and Jane books work because each of the key words is introduced gradually and repeated frequently. This builds confidence in children when they recognise these key words on sight (also known as the 'look and say' method of learning). Examples of key words are: the, one, two, he.

There are 12 levels, each with 3 books: a, b, and c.

Series a:
Gradually introduces new words

Series b:
Provides further practise of words featured in the 'a' series

Series c:
Links reading with writing and phonics. All the words that have been introduced in each 'a' and 'b' book are also reinforced in the 'c' books

The Ladybird Key Words with Peter and Jane series:

Play With Us; Reading with Sounds; Boys and Girls; Read and Write; Fun and Games; Mountain Adventure; The Carnival; Books are Exciting; Happy Holiday; Jump from the Sky; I Like to Write; We like to Help; The Big House; The Mystery on the Island; Adventure at the Castle; Sunny Days; Out in the Sun; More Sounds to Say; Learning is Fun; Say the Sound; Enjoying Reading; The Open Door to Reading; Easy to Sound; Let me Write; Adventure on the Island; Boxset; Fun with Sounds; Games We Like; Have a Go; Fun at the Farm; Where we Go; The Holiday Camp Mystery; Our Friends; We have Fun; Things We Like; Things We Do; Look at This; Flash Cards