Group readers

Group Readers for Reception / Year 1

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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Animal Rhymes

Animal Rhymes is a lovely collection of humorous rhyming couplets.  The illustrations bring the creatures to life and the level of the text, together with simple rhymes, makes it great for children who are beginning to be able to read simple texts independently.   

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

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Being Bossy

Being Bossy by Ruth Merttens. A very simple text jammed full of humorous situations, strikingly illustrated to make children laugh out loud.  The text is full of imperative verbs, making it ideal for use when teaching instructions.

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Boris and Sid Are Bad

Boris and Sid are Bad, by Ruth Merttens, tells the tale of two naughty children.  There is not a child on the planet who won’t empathise with these two in this little story about a very familiar domestic situation!  The book is very simple for those just starting on their reading journey. 

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Boris and Sid Make a Mess

Boris and Sid make a mess, by Ruth Merttens, is a humorous story told in a very familiar setting. The illustrations make children laugh out loud, and the text is easily decodable by beginning readers.

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Boris and The Bug

Boris and the bug, by Ruth Merttens, is a very simple narrative highly suited to being read alongside non-fiction information texts.  The text is easily decodable and the situation one which is very familiar to children – bugs can be scary!

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Crocodile

Crocodile by Ruth Merttens is a non-fiction text with an unusual structure.  It's simple language and narrative structure makes it exceptionally easy to read and the use of both wild life and zoo or safari park contexts means that many children can relate the information given to their own experience.     

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Dear Dad

Dear Dad is a lovely text suitable for children who are beginning to read independently. It is based on a series of simple letters written by different children to family members and friends. Beautiful illustrations help the letters come alive and children will be motivated to write their own responses!

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Dogs Eat Frogs

Dogs eat frogs is a really simple, easily decoded text formed of repeated questions and quirky answers.  The illustrations make this not just easily readable but very funny so that even the most reluctant readers will be inspired to turn every page.

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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.

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Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock, by Ruth Merttens, is an extended version of this classic poem with illustrations guaranteed to make us laugh. The simplified text makes this highly entertaining book a must for children just starting to read.

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Jumping Poems

Jumping poems, by Ruth Merttens, are illustrated versions of traditional rhymes. Full of repetition and rhythm, they are easy to read and the pictures add a whimsical flavour which adds to the enjoyment of the whole text.

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Just Suppose

Just Suppose uses repetition and humour to create a text in which imagination runs riot and surreal situations, of the sort which children particularly like, abound. As they are just starting reading, this highly accessible text is as much fun for children as many with more complex but less creative language. 

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Poor Me!

Poor me! By Ruth Merttens, is a simple traditional poem, extended and greatly enhanced by the addition of fabulous, quirky illustrations. An easy read for children who are starting to read independently, this will make them laugh!

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Teddy's Lists

Teddy’s Lists, by Ruth Merttens, is a must for children beginning to write lists and other non-fiction texts. Writing for a purpose becomes both funny and easy to do when using this simple text to stimulate children.

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The Bunny Lady

The Bunny Lady is a simple non-fiction text about Beatrix Potter and is centred around her creation of the Peter Rabbit stories. Children can follow key points of her life, supported by the charming illustrations, and understand how she came to write these magical tales!

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The Cat, The Fish and The Shell

The cat, the fish and the shell, by Ruth Merttens, is a very simple text, aimed at children who are just beginning to read.  With striking illustrations, this surreal narrative has an immediate and direct appeal to young readers. 

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The Day Ben Went Bump

The day Ben went bump, by Ruth Merttens, is a really simple fantasy story about a child who falls through the floor and meets a variety of creatures in the ground below! Easily accessible for beginning readers, the children can use this to stimulate their own versions.

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The Wolf

The Wolf, by Ruth Merttens, provides a simple information text about wolves, written from the perspective of the wolf. It allows children to engage with the information in a direct way and uses language easily accessible to beginning readers.

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Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim by Ruth Merttens is a re-telling of a traditional poem which has been through several iterations since the Victorian era.  Simple and rhythmical, it allows children to read with ease and also makes an excellent rhyme for them to learn off by heart.  The illustrations will make them laugh!

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Watch Out

Watch out! by Ruth Merttens. This is a humorous text which will entertain and stimulate. It is aimed at children who are just beginning to read and who will benefit from the repeated phrase.  Excellent for stimulating children’s writing. 

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Whale Words

Whale Words by Ruth Merttens. This text, with its stunning illustrations, is the perfect accompaniment to a teaching session on information texts.  Guaranteed to capture a child’s imagination, it is nevertheless simple enough to be read by those just starting their reading journey.

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What do you think?

What do you think? by Ruth Merttens. A simple text suitable for beginning readers with lots of repetition and plenty of rhyming pairs.  Children find the brightly illustrated animals funny and appealing, and write their own rhyming pair to add to the list. 

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Where's my...?

This is a simple text, highly suitable for children who are only just getting going with reading. It has a quirky appeal, and some children will laugh out loud at the beautiful and imaginative illustrations. A real page turner for a young child.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education