Group readers

Group Readers for Year 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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Animal recipes

Animal Recipes, by Ruth Merttens, is a selection of simple recipes for tasty treats. Follow the instructions to make cheesy toast for Mouse or crispy cakes for Badger. This colourful book will show children how instructional texts are laid out in a fun and engaging way.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

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Boris and Sid Find a Tiger

Boris and Sid find a tiger, by Ruth Merttens, gives a nice twist to familiar animals which turn up in children’s lives.  Useful to read alongside information texts on animals as well as fiction, this story is for those who are beginning to decode slightly harder words.  

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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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. 

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.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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Family Flusters

Family Flusters. Children will enjoy reading this colourful book all about Little Pig’s family. We all have our ups and downs and this story is a great starting point for thinking about how we can all learn to get along together.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

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In Every Corner

There are friendly monsters hiding in the corners of this delightful book getting up to all sorts of things. This lovely story provides opportunities for looking at rhyme and a range of sentence punctuation.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education

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Nana, what is an Information Text?

Nana, what’s an information text? By Ruth Merttens, is a humorous story, told by a dinosaur. It provides a lot of information about information texts. Brilliantly conceived and illustrated, this is a must when introducing non-fiction texts as a genre. 

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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The Dog Who Wouldn't Stop Barking

The dog who wouldn’t stop barking, by Ruth Merttens, is a story told in the form of a recount, and the illustrations have a humorous cartoon-like feel.  Set in a domestic context but with a nice fantasy element, children will follow the narrative and want to find out whether the plan works!

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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The Little Story Who Didn't Want To Be Told

This is a story for children and grownups - both will love the neat twist at the end.  The delicate and quixotic illustrations add to its charm and, even for the most reluctant readers, this is a real page turner. Children are made aware of the rich language of storytelling in this exemplary text.

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The Owl and The Moon

Owl and the moon, by Ruth Merttens. This is a story about an owl hunting for the moon and eventually finding it! Each page has a few lines of simple decodable text so that children are encouraged to read several sentences. 

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The Quest

The quest, by Ruth Merttens, is a simple fantasy narrative told in the form of a quest.  It is ideal for children whose comprehension outruns their ability to decode as it draws on iconic characters such as superheroes which are culturally relevant to children and engage their attention.

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The Three Guinea Fowl

The three guinea fowl, by Ruth Merttens, is a clever story with lively illustrations, written partly through the medium of letters.  Ideal for teaching this genre of writing, the tale engages children who want to know how the problem is resolved.   

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education.

 

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Tilly's Pet

The Pet who Flew is the simple story of a little girl who acquires an unusual pet. She hand-rears a young swift and then has to let it fly away. Her sadness is soothed when she realises that the bird returns to nest above her bedroom each year.

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Why Not Me?

Why not me? by Ruth Merttens, plays with the genre of traditional stories. A woodpecker wants to know why she is not in any tale. This story draws children’s attention to a wide range of tales and then challenges the reader to write a story with a woodpecker in it! 

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Wild Pets

Ruth Merttens’ lovely story Wild Pets imagines what happens when your unassuming pets indulge their wild side! The colourful pictures and gentle humour will delight younger readers. The structure and patterns of the text make a great starting point for inspiring children’s own writing.

This Group Reader is available to purchase from Hamilton Education