We understand you’ll have a lot of questions about Decodable Readers Australia. Below are some of our frequently asked questions.

If you can’t find the answer to your question and you would like to know more about our phonics based approach, please feel free to contact us. We’ll happily answer your queries.

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, in the payment section click on 'purchase order' and an invoice will be emailed to you and your order dispatched.

Can my school be invoiced?

If you are a school wishing to pay for your order once you receive your goods, please add what you wish to order into your shopping cart, then in the payment section click on 'purchase order'. An invoice will be emailed to you and your order dispatched.

Can I order if I live outside of Australia?

We send our readers worldwide. Please contact us and we can quote you on shipping costs based on your order. Please send us an email info@decodablereadersaustralia.com.au

Can you give advice on which books are suitable for my class or child?

We are always on hand to offer advice and support to you. Please feel free to contact us via email or phone and our team will be more than happy to assist you.

Please download our reading guidelines below.

Can I use decodable readers with levelled/predictable readers?

We understand that the old traditional 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 other 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. We then promote the use of vocabulary rich authentic texts used in shared reading experiences to develop their language comprehension. We do not encourage the use of any levelled text during the first few years of learning to read.

How do these decodable readers align with the Australian Curriculum?

Our readers have been designed to align with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. According to the Australian Curriculum the term ‘decodable texts’ refers to texts that can be read using decoding skills a student has acquired. Decodable text is usually associated with beginning readers or phonic books.

Can you replace a lost book?

Our readers come directly to us from our printer as a complete set, however please contact us to request a quote for your lost and damaged readers and if we have open sets, we can make arrangements for a replacement.

What are your contact details?

Decodable Readers Australia – ABN: 35 615 570 342 ACN: 615 570 342

Phone: 07 5514 0729

Email: info@decodablereadersaustralia.com.au

Address: P.O Box 635, Helensvale 4212, QLD

How will my order be shipped?

You can be confident that your order will be handled efficiently and dispatched in a prompt and timely matter. In the rare event of a parcel going missing, a replacement will be issued, assuming the correct shipping information was provided when you completed your order.

We send all of our orders using StarShipIt and Sendle. We are able to track our parcels in transit to ensure that they have been delivered safely.

  • Shipping in Australia is a flat rate of $15.95
  • International destinations will incur a shipping charge and will be invoiced once we have your full shipping address.

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have a question about the delivery of your order.

Do you offer a refund if I change my mind?

Unfortunately there are no refunds if you change your mind, so please carefully research the items before purchasing them.

What do I do if my order arrives damaged?

We take great care to package our parcels well, however we realise that damage sometimes may occur during shipping. In this unlikely event, we are able to put in a claim with the courier company that delivered your parcel. For us to be able to do this we require you to retain all of the original packaging and report the damage as soon as the parcel is received. Due to insurance limitations, we can only accept returns on damaged goods within 7 days so please contact us immediately if your parcel arrives damaged.

What if I’m missing a book?

We take great care in ensuring our orders are packed correctly. All orders are checked twice and are recorded before being dispatched. In the unlikely event that you receive an incomplete order please report any shortages within 48 hours of delivery.

What are the sequence of sounds introduced in your readers?

Our sequence of sounds (scope and sequence)can be found on page 4 of our Information Pack. Download Information Pack

What is the difference between the Early Readers and the main series?

We have a brand new series! It is called our Early Readers Level 1-8. This new series has 10 readers per level/sound set. So what's different about this series? This series was written for two purposes. Firstly, as a simpler text for vulnerable learners but still follows the same scope and sequence. The Early Readers have a lower word count, words with just 3-4 sounds (most words are single syllable words), larger font (1-2 sentences per page) and level 4-8 have phonics focus (digraphs and vowel sound/spelling focus so the text contains lots of words with that sound/spelling. Secondly, the Early Readers are a great resource as a stepping stone to the main level readers and these can be perfect for the foundation year if moving faster with your scope and sequence.

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