Group readers

Group Readers for Year 1/2

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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The Animals' Outing

Animals’ outing, by Ruth Merttens, gives a simple account of an outing on which all the animals happily set out.  They have a lovely day but, unhappily, not all the animals return.  Why is Mr Fox looking so fat and happy at the end?  Children rapidly engage with the recount and find the text easy to decode.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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Boris and Sid Go Camping

Boris and Sid go camping, by Ruth Merttens, gives an account, told from a child’s perspective, of a fun camping trip where it rains – and rains! Many children will empathise with the familiar context while reading this simple recount.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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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. 

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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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!

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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Bugs

Bugs, written by Ruth Merttens, is a superbly striking non-fiction tale about bugs!  The short narrative gives a structure and the pictures will stimulate so that this book  always proves a real winner. Children will read it repeatedly especially as it suits very early readers. 

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

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Cat's List Poem

Cat’s list poem, by Ruth Merttens, uses very simple rhyming couplets in the context of a list poem to create a text with which all children, even those at the very start of their reading journey, can engage.  The illustrations make the book one to which children will want to return repeatedly.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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Chicken's Bad Dream

Chicken’s bad dream, by Ruth Merttens, is a very simple text, suitable for start-up readers, which has a nice play on bad dreams with a quirky, surreal aspect to it will which amuse young readers. Bold illustrations complement the text.

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Chicken and Shark

Chicken and Shark, by Ruth Merttens, is a very simple fantasy story which has the sort of surreal context which often appeals to young children’s humour.  Easily decodable, children can access this text with ease, drawn in by the quirky illustrations. 

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Goat's Sore Tummy

Goat’s sore tummy, by Ruth Merttens, is a great story which children will love. Using only words which are easily decodable, the text can be read by those just starting to read and the pictures will certainly make children laugh!

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel, by Ruth Merttens, is a great new version of the traditional tale.  Hansel is a dog and Gretel is a cat and the story has all the usual excitement plus an added twist of the animal characters to entertain.  Suitable for beginning readers.

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Letters from the Zoo

Letters from the zoo, by Ruth Merttens, is an outstanding text, based on letters written from animals in the zoo to their wild counterparts.  Stunning illustrations make the letters come alive and children will certainly be motivated to write their own replies. 

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See You Later

See you later, by Ruth Merttens, is a simple version of the traditional chant. It has humorous illustrations which help children read the text.  The rhymes and near rhymes will encourage children to invent their own versions. 

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Stop That Sound

Stop That Sound, by Ruth Merttens, is a very simple text, suitable for children who are just starting to read, and yet both engaging and humorous.  Children will laugh out loud at some of the quirky illustrations and may be motivated to write their own version of a page. 

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Sunilla and The Dolphins

Sunilla and the dolphins, by Ruth Merttens, is a re-telling of a traditional tale which has iterations in several cultures. The story is exciting, and the striking artwork gives it a real vibrancy. This is a book for children just starting to read independently.

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The Alien Egg

The alien egg, by Ruth Merttens, is a fantasy story about a mysterious egg.  With a very simple text, suitable for those just starting to read, it is the beautifully appealing illustrations which help carry the narrative. All readers will be keen to read on to find out what is in the egg!

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The Mouse, the Frog and the Little Red Hen

The Mouse, the Frog and the Little Red Hen. This is a rhyming version of the traditional tale with quirky illustrations guaranteed to make you smile. The ending will please children who may be reading this simple text for the first time.

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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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The Sad Donkey

The sad donkey, by Ruth Merttens, tells the tale of a donkey who wants to become a better animal. However, he is forced to re-consider when his wish looks like being granted! A cautionary tale, children can read this, follow the simple narrative and sympathise!

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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Three Little Monsters

Three little monsters, by Ruth Merttens, provides an original re-take on a traditional tale (Three Little Pigs).  The text is kept really simple but the pictures add a layer of sophistication as well as humour which makes the text truly appealing, especially to children whose comprehension is more advanced than their ability to decode.

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Tiddalik

Tiddalik, by Ruth Merttens, is a simplified version of a traditional Aboriginal tale about a giant frog. The story is told through words and pictures in language accessible to children who are not yet fluent readers.

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Tom has feelings

Tom has feelings, by Ruth Merttens, describes in words and pictures how an outsider (a rat!) feels when everyone else seems to be loved or accepted and not him. It is suitable for use alongside any book or poem about feelings and emotions.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.