Group readers

Group Readers for Reception

Group Readers are short, illustrated A5 books designed to be read with 3 to 6 children working as a group. They can be used as extended texts alongside any phonics scheme or simply as a story to read in the classroom. Most have black and white illustrations that could potentially be coloured in by the children. 

These books are superb for the group reading sessions required as part of the weekly teaching of reading and have been built in to the Hamilton weekly plans for each year group. They are matched to the stages of learning phonics, from basic (linked to Code-Breakers Books 1 or 2) to more advanced (linked to Code-Breakers Book 4), although they can be used outside these ranges if required. 

In order to facilitate opportunities for children to follow the text in their own copies of the books, Group Readers are available to purchase cheaply at cost from Hamilton Education.

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Billy Dogs Gruff

Billy Dogs Gruff, by Ruth Merttens, is a really simple, easily decoded text telling a traditional tale with a nice twist.  The crocodile (Croc) in the river is at least as scary as the original Troll and children will read this story again and again.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education

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Do you like?

Do you like? By Ruth Merttens, is a question and answer text, drawing on many experiences familiar to children but with a humorous twist which children will love. The simple illustrations and adjoining text are ideal for stimulating children’s own writing. 

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Goldilocks

Goldilocks, by Ruth Merttens, is a lovely twist on a traditional tale and one which children will really enjoy. The text is deliberately simple, easy for any beginning reader. With beautiful illustrations, this is a motivating text for any child to read.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

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Grass for Tea

Grass for Tea by Ruth Merttens. This beautifully illustrated non-fiction book is a perfect introduction to the genre for beginning readers. Children will be able to find out information about native British animals, presented in a clear, accessible way. This phonologically decodable text is a superb accompaniment to a block of work on factual texts.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education

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Owls and Dinosaurs

Do you know your Ankylosaurus from your Iguanodon? Join Baby Owl as he discovers more about all kinds of dinosaurs and how they are closer to him than we might think. This bright and colourful text is phonologically decodable and is a perfect group reader to accompany a topic on Dinosaurs.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education

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Rama and Sita

This colourful retelling of the traditional tale of Rama and Sita will enchant beginning readers. Perfect for using when teaching about Diwali and looking at festivals of light.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

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Sleeping Beauty

This enchanting fairy tale, retold by Ruth Merttens, provides a decodable version of the story perfect for using with emerging readers. The lively illustrations will engage the children’s interest as they discover the tale of a princess who slept for a hundred years. This book is ideal for using alongside a block of work on fairy tales.

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Spring for the Birds

The birds begin to sing in this beautifully illustrated text, they build their nests, lay their eggs and raise their young. Children will enjoy reading about the different birds and how they care for their eggs and their babies. A lovely book to accompany learning about the changes that happen around us in spring.

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The Race Across the River

This beautifully illustrated retelling of the traditional tale explains how each year came to be named after an animal. The Jade Emperor’s birthday celebration turns into an exciting race across the river. Which order will the animals arrive in? This lovely story offers an opportunity to discuss place numbers, as well as fitting in perfectly with teaching about Chinese New Year.

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Wakey Wakey

Ruth Merttens’ lovely story about wildlife awakening after the cold, dark winter will engage beginning readers with its repeating structure and colourful illustrations. A great group reader to accompany a topic on spring, this phonologically decodable text will encourage discussion about native British wildlife and how the countryside changes through the seasons.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education