Sunday, September 20, 2020

Decodable Books - Round Two

I hope you and your kiddos are doing well <3 Here are some more free learning-from home resources for your budding readers!

I wanted to get this second round of decodable books posted ages ago, but 2020 being what it is, life got in the way. Regardless, here they are at last! My first set of early readers focused on the Long E sound, and combinations of  Long E and Long U as well as Short A, Short O, and Short I combinations.

The phonics readers I'm sharing today each focus primarily on one vowel sound:

Short A

Short E

Short I

Short O

Long I

I've played around with various narratives and styles this time, and have tried to incorporate more STEM concepts into the readers, including a read-together non-fiction book. 

Like last time, I've striven to make these books 99% decodable for your kiddos, and have listed the letter sounds and the few "tricky" sight words they'll need to know on the second page of each book. 

I'm always looking to improve, so let me know what you think!

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Click on the images below to view a pdf version of the book, which should be suitable for tablet or smartphone. Let me know if you have any troubles downloading, or if you'd like a different format!

Cam Adapts a Ramp

Camp Adapts a Ramp - pdf book

This book is very short, so it's ideal for a beginning reader. Do note that it includes the word "adapt" -- which people with certain accents pronounce using a schwa rather than a Short A. To make things easier for your kiddo, I recommend pronouncing the word with a Short A while reading this.

Phonics Focus: Short A

Word Count: 43

Sight Words: 4

Crop Bot and Cod

Crop Bot and Cod - pdf book
This book is another that is designed for your just-getting-started reader. It also includes a touch of chemistry and biology in the storyline, so your kiddo can build a little STEM knowledge along the way!

Phonics Focus: Short O

Word Count: 105

Sight Words: 6

A Trip for Siskins

A Trip for Siskins - phonics book pdf

This is a narrative non-fiction book about birds and the seven continents. It's designed for you to read together with your child. There are decodable sections for your kiddo to read, while you'll read the other sections. You can pick-and-choose how much of the supplementary informational text you want to read aloud to your child based on their interest level and your time constraints.

Note that the file size is fairly large (80MB) for this one, so here is a link to a lower-res version as well.

Phonics Focus: Short I 

Word Count: 155

Sight Words: 12

NOTE: The non-fiction sections in this book are purposefully written using fairly advanced phrasing. I've done this as it's important for children to become accustomed to hearing textbook-type language spoken aloud. It's not something we often think to do but is critical for building their oral-auditory STEM-oriented literacy before they encounter this type of writing on their own.

The Trek

The Trek - phonics book pdf

In "The Trek" your child will try to guide the main character along the correct paths to reach their friend, using the written clues the friend left behind. They'll likely learn the names of some plants and animals along the way too, so it's a bit STEM-oriented.

It does incorporate a few words with tricky endings such as -ed, -edge, and -ettle, so this one's best for readers who already have a fair amount of practice with their short vowels, CVC, and CCVC words.

Phonics Focus: Short E
                           plus these endings:
                           -ed / -edge / -ettle

Word Count: 145

Sight Words: 11


White - phonics book pdf

This book follows the story of two children who live in a colorless world, but who discover the secret to bringing the color back into it. It's designed for readers who already have extensive practice with all the short vowel sounds, and who are learning the various Long I spellings.

Phonics Focus: Long I

Word Count: 257

Sight Words: 16

This is a chapter book designed for readers who are comfortable with common high frequency words and all the short vowel sounds. Each chapter is approximately 250-400 words, and there are 14 chapters, for a total of approximately 5,600 words. 

Phonics Focus: short a and short i focus
       (other short vowels too),
 all hard consonants,
       th, ch, sh, qu, wh

Word Count: 5,600

Chapters: 14

High-Frequency Words: 32

Tricky Words: island, fire, OK 

When a storm hits a ship on a day trip to Picnic Island, the six kids suddenly find themselves without a Captain. Adrift on the sea, they finally crash land, but it's not the island they were aiming for, and all their food and water was destroyed in the storm. How will they survive?

The book is available as a PDF and as a Kindle .mobi file. I should mention that the Kindle file arranges the illustrations and captions somewhat oddly, so it's not the ideal format for this book. However, if you are looking to have flexibility with the font face and font size, the Kindle version is the one for you! 


I hope you and your kiddos enjoy these readers! Be sure to check out the first 5 readers I posted if you're working on your Long E sound, or need some Short Vowel combo phonics books. I'm hoping to get out another few readers, including one for the Short U sound, a few even more basic books, and a decodable novella soon. But I also have another side project in the works so we will see how soon I can get to the readers!

If you're looking for a list of all the readers I've completed thus far, I have compiled them in this Master List.

If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear from you! email me at (( carissawritesthings ))  @  (( gmail  ))  .  (( com ))

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