Group readers

Group Readers for Year 2/3

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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A Song of Toad

This is a beautifully illustrated version of Kenneth Grahame’s timeless poem.  Children will laugh and also find the text – which is split into several pages per verse – slightly easier to read, especially along side the sound file provided to accompany the poem. 

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Angry Cat

Children will explore feelings with this charming tale of a very angry cat! The simple repeated structure and beautifully drawn illustrations will encourage emerging independent readers to engage with the story and draw parallels with their own feelings as they follow cat’s tale.

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Being Free

Being Free explores ideas of freedoms in an accessible and simple way that children will engage readily with. The easily decipherable text and delightful illustrations help bring these potentially difficult themes alive.

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Dream On

Children will develop their imagination with this charming and fantastical tale. Powerful imagery and description are used to help support the children's own writing as children are encouraged to explore the magical contained in the everyday. The beautiful hand-drawn illustrations help to support emerging independent readers as they follow the story.

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Frosty Rhymes

Frosty Rhymes is a collection of simple, traditional verses, all on the theme of a cold, cold winter! The charming illustrations will draw children in to the patterns and rhymes that have ensured these accessible tales have stood the test of time.

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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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I Hate Football

I Hate Football, by Ruth Merttens, helps engage children through the use of a familiar topic and humour as they explore the many games they could play – and football! The repetition in the structure will support children who are now reading independently.

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I'm Sorry

I'm Sorry is a collection of simple letters, hand-written and typed up by a series of pets who all have something to apologise for! Children will love to read these simple and funny epistles, and it makes an excellent text for generating letter writing.

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Imagine that!

Children’s imaginations will be enthused by this charmingly illustrated tale. Suitable for children beginning to read independently, it will support children’s development of understanding through imagining and exploring ideas.

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King of the Birds

Children will enjoy this retelling by Ruth Merttens of the traditional story, King of the Birds. The lovingly drawn illustrations will add to the magic of this tale as the birds argue over who will be king! This story is suitable for children beginning to read independently.

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My Best Film...The Snowman

My Best Film...The Snowman. This re-telling of the children's classic gives a lovely, quiet and low key introduction to recounts and explanations.  The unusual illustrations enable children to encounter some of these difficult text types in a familiar and comforting context.  The book makes a nice introduction to new ways of writing.

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News Story...Police Error

News Story... ...Police Error is a twist on the traditional tale of the Three Goats Gruff. In this simple version, children will learn how non-fiction reports can be affected by the point of view of whoever is writing them - and the information they are given. The beautiful illustrations help to bring this to life and will captivate young readers.

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Report on Unicorns

Presented in non-chronological report form, this text draws on mythical creatures to give an imaginative twist to this genre.  This makes this an exceptionally useful and simple text for children who are not confident readers when teaching ‘reports’.

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood is a simple re-telling of an ancient tale of this iconic hero, a story sometimes called the Silver Arrow.  With the usual cunning, Robin outwits the Sheriff of Nottingham and so children will find the story both easily accessible and emotionally satisfying. 

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Sinbad's Second Voyage

Sinbad’s Second Voyage, by Ruth Merttens, is a retelling of a traditional tale. Children will be enthralled as they follow the fantastical adventures of Sinbad as he attempts to journey home. This story is suitable for more advanced readers, or children reading confidently with support.

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St George and the Dragon

Children will love the swashbuckling tale of St George & the Dragon, as retold by Ruth Merttens! They will be enthralled by the charming illustrations and enjoy the adventurous story that is suitable for those beginning to read independently.

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Swallow's Journey

Swallow’s Journey is a beautifully illustrated story that will take children around the world as they follow the journey of a migrating swallow – who gets a little lost! The text is suitable for more readers who are beginning to more confident reading independently.

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The Cat in the Kitchen

The Cat in the Kitchen by Ruth Merttens is a simple story, showing a series of unlikely animals in unlikely places.  The quirky illustrations make each page humorous and many children will love the irrelevance of the pairs - a tiger in the toilet and a boy in the bread bin!  The book is easily accessible to children just starting on their reading journey. 

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The Cat's Journey

The Cat's Journey by Ruth Merttens.  The cat recounts her long journey in simple language, making it accessible to children who still struggle to read.  What makes this a ‘must’ are the original and idiosyncratic illustrations, which carry the story forward simply and effectively.

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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 Scariest Baddie Ever

The Scariest baddie is a simple guessing game which draws on many traditional tales for its humour. Children will be kept guessing throughout the book and will recognise many references to stories they know and 'baddie' creatures. The spectacular illustrations add to the tension and many children will not have guessed the baddy until the last page!

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Three Wise Man and a Star

Three Wise Men and a Star explores the journey through the desert of one of the wise men from the Bible story as they follow a remarkable star to Bethlehem. The story follows Masood, a boy helping one of the wise men, and this combined with the wonderfully descriptive illustrations will draw children in to this fantastic tale.

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What are monsters like?

What are Monsters Like? uses simple rhyming couplets to create a simple text which children can engage with. The repeated pattern and colourful illustrations will encourage children to identify rhymes and comparisons and to develop their own ideas too.

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