My Birthday Party
By Barrie Wade
A non-fiction recount with original photography. It's Maddie's birthday and she's having a party!
The Mud Monster
By Rosemary Billam, Martin Remphry
Greg is running in the Fun Run... but it's very muddy on the way!
Miss Polly's Seaside Brolly
By Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis
On a school trip to the windy seaside, Miss Polly the teacher has a very exciting brolly ride! Will she ever make it back?Leapfrog Rhyme Time features fun, rhyming stories of no more than 180 words for children who are starting to read on their own.
By Anne Rooney, Fabiano Fiorin
By Jill Atkins, Garyfallia Leftheri
Mad Uncle Albert loves making machines and inventions for his family, but they don't always turn out as they should. Luckily Uncle Albert manages to save the day...
My Dad's a Balloon
By Malachy Doyle, Peter Utton
In this fun, fantasy story, a little girl blows her dad's finger and he becomes a huge floaty balloon bumping round the sitting room and whizzing round the garden. Will he ever come down to earth?The Hopscotch series features brightly illustrated, exciting stories with under 400 words by top authors and illustrators for children who are building their reading confidence.
Mrs Bootle's Boots
By Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan
In this fun story in a familiar setting, Ollie and Emma are left at school as their mum is running late from work. They help Mrs Bootle sort out the lost boot box. It seems a shame to throw away such lovely boots, but what on earth else could they be used for?The Hopscotch series features exciting stories with under 400 words by top authors and illustrators for children who are building their reading confidence.
Me and My Cousin
By Amanda Rainger, Simone Abel
This story follows the everyday lives of the little boy and his cousin.
Me and My Nan
By Amanda Rainger, Simone Abel
This story follows the everyday lives of the little boy and his nan.
The Messy Cake
By Sue Graves
Kim wants to bake a cake, but his mum is worried about the mess he'll make. Sal and Ash come to help - but who will end up making the biggest mess of all?This series featuring the popular characters from Espresso Education includes fun stories in under 200 words for children building their reading confidence.
The Magic Paintbrush: a Chinese tale
By Jillian Powell
The Magic Paintbrush is a chinese tale. There once was a young man called Lian who loved to paint the animals in the forest around him. One night he dreamt of a magic paintbrush. When he woke up, Lian was amazed to find the paintbrush beside him!
The Mad Scientist Next Door
By Clare De Marco, Rory Walker
Ella's next door neighbour, Mr Willis, is seriously mean. She stays out of his way as much as possible. But when she accidentally catapaults her baby brother's favourite teddy bear into Mr Willis' garden, Ella is forced to go over to his house. And Ella is in for a SHOCK!Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.
Must Know Stories: Level 1: Hansel and Gretel
By Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot
Hansel and Gretel saw a pretty cottage, covered in gingerbread and sweets...A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join Hansel and Gretel in their attempts to escape the wicked old witch.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.
My Book of Pirates and Knights
"Stories of Pirates and Knights" contains ten swashbuckling adventures, which are bound to charm every reader. The stories are simply told by top authors and brought to life by some of the very best children's illustrators.These stories are accessible for children aged 5+ who are just gaining their reading confidence. Each one is retold in a maximum of 400 words and the book has been compiled in consultation with literacy experts, Professor Barrie Wade, Dr Hilary Minns and Catherine Glavina. This book offers all the excitement and charm of an anthology of tales of treasure, adventure and heroic knights that all children love, but with a carefully levelled text that also encourages reading for pleasure.The authors and illustrators whose stories and illustrations feature in this anthology are: Damian Harvey, Graham Philpot, Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry, Mike Phillips, Jillian Powell, Anna C. Leplar, Sherryl Clark, Neil Chapman, Rory Walker, Leslie Melville, Fabiano Fiorin, Enid Richemont, Beccy Blake, and Andy Hammond.
My Book of Fairy Tales
"My Book of Fairy Tales" contains ten stories, each retold in a maximum of 400 words. This collection includes some of our best-loved tales: Hansel and Gretel, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, The Emperor's New Clothes, Snow White, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Cinderella.
My Book of Funny Stories
A wonderful collection of ten hilarious stories, simply retold by top authors and illustrators. Expertly reviewed by literacy consultants, each story is told in a maximum of 400 words, perfect for children aged 5 and up who are just gaining in reading confidence.This collection includes hilarious tales of animal football antics, fumbling fairies, pesky pets and much more!
The Magic Porridge Pot
By Jackie Walter
When a poor girl gets a magic porridge pot, she is thrilled - she will never be hungry again! Then the little porridge pot begins to cook a bit too much porridge!A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.
By Sarah Eason
Malorie Blackman is one of the most successful and prolific children's authors writing today. Made Children's Laureate for 2013-15, her books, such as Noughts and Crosses, Double Cross and Knife Edge, are loved by kids and adults alike. Malorie's influence extends far beyond the literary world, however. She has used her position to speak out against racism, and to campaign for greater ethnic diversity in children's books and children's publishing. Discover the story behind this incredible writer - from her struggles as a child facing racism in 1960s London, through her parents' divorce and her misdiagnosis of Sickle-Cell Anaemia, to the globally renowned author she is today. It focuses on Malorie's love of reading, and how she tries to foster that in children today. It also looks at how she pursued her dream of becoming a writer with determination and courage, in the face of people who told her she would never amount to anything. Biographical information, and Malorie Blackman quotes, support the narrative. A fantastic resource for biography based project work!
By Damian Harvey, Steve Brown
Meerkat is taking part in the longest running race - the marathon! He is so small, how will he complete such a big race? He soon realises he'll need some help!The Froglets series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words. They are suitable for 5 year olds or those reading book band 5.
The Mermaid's Socks
By Clare De Marco, Steve Brown
The Mermaid's Socks is a funny story for all little mermaid fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band red.When Princess Bubble the mermaid gets a pair of socks for her birthday, she has no idea what they are! Can she think of a use for them?The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a spot the picture puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE Primary and Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.