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DECODABLE READERS AUSTRALIA

‘The SECRET of getting kids to read… Give them books they CAN actually read!’
Beginner readers need beginner books that are interesting and engaging.

Guide Children On Their 'Learn To Read' Journey

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About Us

We have created a series of learn to read books, that are designed to be matched to a child’s developing knowledge of phonics. With 20 books in each level, children are extensively supported as they master each stage of reading.

Our decodable readers have been carefully designed to incorporate the development of phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. Children will love getting to know Nat and her Aussie pals as they travel and explore Australia.

Phonics And Decoding Skills Are Imperative

A significant body of research has highlighted the instructional routines that have the biggest impact on student learning to literacy practices. Specifically, the research demonstrates that students achieve better results when they are taught phonics based approaches (Hattie 2009, 2012).

Children will not learn to read if they cannot decode words. Decoding is knowing the letters, or groups of letters that represent the sounds that we can hear and the more sounds a child can recognise, the more words they are able to read.

We can surround children with books that tell incredible stories and facts, but if these books are made up of words with sounds that children cannot recognise, they will fail to read independently.

We're Here For Educators And Parents Too

Our website and apps have a wealth of information and activities to help you guide and support children and students through their ‘learning to read’ journey.

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Being educators and parents ourselves, we understand the value of having helpful information at your fingertips. Our website and our apps have a wealth of information and activities to help you guide children through their ‘learning to read’ journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Being educators and parents ourselves, we understand the value of having helpful information at your fingertips. Our website and our apps have a wealth of information and activities to help you guide children through their ‘learning to read’ journey.

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How do I purchase resources?

You can order directly through our online shop on this website and pay using your credit/debit card.If you are a school wishing to pay for your order once you receive your goods, please download our order form and email it to: orders@decodablereadersaustralia.com.au along with your purchase order. An invoice will be emailed to you and your order dispatched.

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Can my school be invoiced?

If you are a school wishing to pay for your order once you receive your goods, please download our order form and email it to: orders@decodablereadersaustralia.com.au along with your purchase order. An invoice will be emailed to you and your order dispatched. Alternatively you can create a purchase order directly in our online shop. Please add what you wish to order in your shopping cart. Create an account and instead of ticking payment, please tick ‘Purchase Order’.

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Can I order if I live outside of Australia?

We send our readers worldwide. Please add what you wish to order in your shopping cart. Create an account and instead of ticking payment, please tick ‘Purchase Order’. We will calculate your shipping costs and email you an invoice, once payment is made your order will be dispatched immediately.

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Can I use decodable readers with PM readers?

We understand that the PM levelled system provides an easy reference point to assist teachers in selecting reading material for their students.

However, the ways in which this system levels books is based on elements such as length of words, sentence structure, use of punctuation, amount of text and size of font. This approach was developed during the ‘whole language’ era of teaching reading.

Our readers are levelled very differently to this system. We have created these readers to support the implementation of high-quality phonics programs that teach systematic synthetic phonics. Our books are fully decodable to match the letter-sound correspondences that children have learnt in order that they can read independently and with confidence.

Children’s prior phonic knowledge is not considered when using the PM levelled readers but instead relies on repetitive, predictable text and multi-cueing reading strategies.

Consequently, as the two types of beginner readers have been created using contrasting pedagogical philosophies there is no way to mould the two together.

Our suggestion would be to use our decodable readers as your primary source to complement the implementation of an explicit phonics program and provide children with opportunities to have early success and build confidence. The Reading Recovery and PM texts could be used to read to, or with children, in shared experiences as they develop their love of reading, until such time that they have been explicitly taught the whole English code.

Testimonials

"We are using your readers in our whole school reading program because they are the most appealing, well sequenced readers we can find. It’s great to have some Australian themed decodables. Keep up the good work, and we look forward to our continuing relationship."

Luke Bowering - Head of Curriculum

"We stumbled across Australian Decodable Readers by accident and were totally thrilled when we did. Not only did they link directly to the phonics program we were implementing at the school, they had an Australian theme. We use both the big books and the student books in the classroom teaching program and the students then take the small books home to consolidate their learning. The decodable readers are crucial for allowing students to generalise phonemic awareness, phonics and sight word skills taught whilst engaging with texts."

Leanne Santaromita - Deputy Principal

"We use and recommend Decodable Readers Australia to our clients who are requiring extra assistance with reading and spelling. The readers systematically introduce the sounds to the child and the words gradually increase in length and complexity. The children like the characters and the pictures don’t provide too much information about what is written, so that children are encouraged to decode the words rather than guess what the words are. I would highly recommend these readers to any parent, school, or educator or therapist, for all children learning to read – not just those experiencing difficulties."

Dimity Williams - Speech Pathologist & Author

"Our school has purchased all published levels of the Decodable Texts since their inception. Our teachers love the Australian themed readers, as they are aligned to the explicit teaching of letters in the order matching Jolly Phonics. An excellent resource, valued by not only our Early Years teachers but also by other teachers across the school, who teach students with learning difficulties. Well done! We look forward to the next levels (5 & 6) to be available."

Robyn Martin (M. Ed) - STLaN Link It! Coordinator

"Your decodable readers are a fantastic resource to support our students in their reading journey, offering engaging and well sequenced progression of text. Our students and teachers alike love the Australian characters in your readers and the questions in the back of the books are an excellent resource to support parents when reading with their children. Thank you for your fabulous work!"

Lauren Mayers - Prep Teacher