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The BookLife Readers begin with the very basics of phonetically decodable reading. Starting with the earliest step of CVC words - words comprising a consonant, a vowel and a consonant - and building on this combination slowly, the reader follows a prescribed format taken directly from the recognised Letters and Sounds educational document.

By aligning our books with Letters and Sounds, we offer our readers a consistent approach to learning, whether at home or in the classroom. Books levelled as ‘a’ are an introduction to the band. Readers can advance to ‘b’ where graphemes are consolidated and further graphemes are introduced. The illustrations guide the reader, helping to deliver reading progression through the scheme in a colourful and exciting way. As a reader moves through the book band levels, the page numbers, level of repetition and sentence structure complexity all advance at a rate which encourages development without halting enjoyment.

Lilac

Wordless introduction

• 12 pages & 2 stories per book

• Narrative-lead engaging imagery

• Parents & teachers downloadable free material

Pink 

Aligned with phase 2 of L&S

• 12 pages & 2 stories per book

• 3–5 words per page

• Mainly monosyllabic CVC words

• Repetition level: very high

Red  

Aligned with phase 2 and 3 of L&S

• 12 pages & 2 stories per book

• 5–7 words per page

• Mainly monosyllabic CVC words

• Repetition level: high

Yellow

Aligned with phase 3 of L&S

• 12 pages, 2 stories, 7–10 words per page

• Mainly monosyllabic introducing polysyllabic

• CVC with some CVCC/CCVC/CCVCC/CCCVC

• Repetition level: medium

Blue

Aligned with phase 3 and 4 of L&S

• 26 pages, 1 story, 10–15 words per page

• Mainly monosyllabic introducing polysyllabic

• CVC with some CVCC/CCVC/CCVCC/CCCVC

• Repetition level: medium/low

Green

Aligned with phase 5 of L&S

• 26 pages, 1 story, 15–20 words per page

• Move away from monosyllabic words Fewer CVC words

• Free downloadable resources

Orange

Aligned with phase 5 of L&S

• 26 pages, 1 story, 20–25 words per page

• Move away from monosyllabic words

• Fewer CVC words

• Free downloadable resources

Turquoise

Aligned with phase 5 of L&S

• 26 pages, 1 story, 20–25 words per page

• Move away from monosyllabic words

• Fewer CVC words

• Free downloadable resources

Purple

Aligned with phase 5 of L&S

• 26 pages, 1 story, 25–30 words per page

• Free downloadable resources for both parents & teachers

Gold

Aligned with phase 6 of L&S

• 32 pages, 1 story per book

• 1,170-1,300 total wordcount

• Free downloadable resources for both parents & teachers

White

Aligned with phase 6 of L&S

• 40 pages per book

• 1 chapter story

• 1,700-1,870 total wordcount

• Free downloadable resources

Lime

Aligned with phase 6 of L&S

• 48 pages per book

• 4/6 books – 1 story per book   

2/6 books – 2 stories per book

• 12,310-2,520 total wordcount

Top Tips from BookLife to help your child to read:

• Allow children time to break down unfamiliar words into units of sound and then encourage children to string these sounds together to create the word.

• Encourage your child to point out any focus phonics when they are used.

• Read through the book more than once to grow confidence.

• Ask simple questions about the text to assess understanding.

• Encourage children to use illustrations as prompts

To find out more about this exciting new reading scheme visit booklife.co.uk

There are also lots of brilliant activities and posters to download!

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