Group readers

Group Readers for 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 Upsets

Children will enjoy reading about the naughty things animals get up to (often without meaning to!). With its simple rhyming pattern this is great text to use when studying poetry and rhyme.

This Group Reader is available to purchase 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.

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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 Go on a Tram

Boris and Sid go on a tram, by Ruth Merttens, is a short simple narrative, written so that any child, even those who are just beginning to recognise print, can read it. It uses a repeated phrase and easily decodable words.  Fun, with great illustrations, this is a winner.

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Boris and Sid Meet a Shark

Boris and Sid meet a shark, by Ruth Merttens, is an account of a short holiday in which these two child-like characters meet a variety of weird and wonderful sea creatures.  This very simple and pleasing text can be used alongside many non-fiction texts. 

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Dear Postman

Dear Postman is a super text for introducing letters to beginning readers. The animals write notes to the postman asking him to deliver their special treats, their patience is rewarded with a  knock at the door. Readers will gain confidence with the repeated phrases and patterns of the book.

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Dog Eat Dog

Ruth Mertten’s lovely story of naughty pets will delight beginning readers. Will the animals behave when their owner pops out for the day? Read along to find out!

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No Friends

This lovely story about a hedgehog called Tammy, who starts at a new school, is a great way to discuss issues around friendship. Children will enjoy seeing how Tammy’s newly learned strategies for making friends work out so well for her in the end.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

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No Thank You

Children will enjoy the humour of this bright and engaging book. Bobo and Muna want to feed the animals but they get a little muddled up, luckily the animals solve the problem and get their dinner in the end. Group Readers are short, illustrated books designed to be read with 3 to 6 children, working as a group.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education

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Scooters

Scooters, by Ruth Merttens, is a great book if you are studying non-fiction. It has many pictures all about scooters but with an original and eccentric twist.  The illustrations will make children chuckle, and the text is simple and easy to read independently.

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Superheroes - All Sorts

Superheroes, by Ruth Merttens, is a quite superb book which points out that there are many types of superhero – human and otherwise! All children (and adults) will love the illustrations which can make us laugh out loud.  This text is perfect for beginning readers.

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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 Dog and The Lost Mum

Dog and the lost mum, by Ruth Merttens, is suitable for children right at the very start of their reading journey. Phonically decodable cvc words predominate in this simple story about a hungry dog.

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The Owl and The Night

The owl and the night, by Ruth Merttens, is a simple story in which the narrative is carried partly by the striking illustrations. The text is kept simple for beginning readers and the children will want to know whether Owl succeeds.

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What You Shouldn't Do Before School

What you Shouldn’t Do Before School, by Ruth Merttens, is funny account of all the things you shouldn’t do when getting ready for school. Children will enjoy the humour and apt illustrations, as well as relating to the mischief!

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education