These creative works were designed to be decodable for students who know all five short vowels and common consonant digraphs. The authors restricted content to one-syllable words with short vowels, where consonant digraphs and consonant clusters are decodable for readers. They also used the 50 most common words in English, mostly function words needed to read any text, like the, a, of, is, to, etc. However, no irregular words like friend or sword were used in the making of these books. Clicking on a link will download a PowerPoint of the book.
Ted and Tim, by Amanda Merkel
The Man and His Hat, by Susan Grimes
The Dog and the Chick, by Marguerite DeWitt
A Fun Trip with Mom and Dad, by Meg Terry
Pam and Hen Swim, by Greer Montgomery
Jen on the Bed, by Courtney Davis
Where Did We Go by Amanda Godbee
Nat the Cat, by Cindy Garrett
Jed’s Trip to the Pond, by Cathryn Albright
Matt Went to Camp, by Tommy Davis
Slim Bill Gets a Hat, by Dani Rosener
Can He Swim by Victoria Barron
Jill and Her Dog, by Heather Tingas
Jack’s Cat, by Allyson Houlton
Ned and Sam, by Kasey Norton
Fred Gets His Cat Back, by Mary Charles Kaish
Deb, My Cat, by Hallie Christensen
Matt and His Mom, by Lauren Wortendyke
Rain Day, by Stephanie Paget
The Trip to the Pond, by Taylor Bullard
Dan the Rat, by Amanda Etheridge
Gramp’s Map, by Moriah Spivey
The Fat Pig, by Kayla Wesley
The Best Trip, by Jessica Taff
Sam, the Class Pet, by Reagan Gilbert
Jan and Bud, by Kelsey Ray
Pests at Camp, by Katlin Higgins
A Vet Can Help, by Holly Cartwright
Ben and the Bug, by Catie Dennis
Sam, Ted, and Ben, by Karlie Bergamini
Buck’s Pond, by Jami Heard
Fun Gum, by Kristen Hall
Deb’s Red Hat, by Madison Johnson
Dan and His Pals, by Sarah Price
Sal and the Frogs, by Audrey Blair
Fat Cat, by Bianca Davidson
Fred’s Red Sled, by Ameshia Cleveland
Ben’s Big Trip, by Lauren Muller
Ben and the Bun, by Brooke Scocus
My Dad Is Fat, by Elyssa Hicks
Off to Camp! by Paige Muller
Rem the Rat and Kit the Kat, by Delaney Stephens
Tim and Tom, by Emily Holliday
Tut’s Nut Shop, by Jenna Wilson
The Fat Fish, by Lauren Henson
Nan the Nun, by Kelsey Williams
Dance Class, by Aaron Bush
Gus Gets Lost, by Hannah Locklear
Sam’s Pets, by Christiana Kirkham
Is That a Fish? by Meleigha Kizer
Sam’s Big Red Truck, by Jennifer Ross
Mom and I at the Doc, by Sophie Taylor
Fred, the Strong Crab, by Caitlin Williams
The Sock Dog, by Taylor Hoff
How I Got Bud, by Caroline Kaiser
Max the Dog Gets Lost, by Lauren Sistrunk
Get on the Gus Bus, by Sarah Crawford
Sent for Shots, by Christina Hogan
Red Riding Hood (decodable) by Hunter Grace Jernigan
Teachers: Publish on the Reading Genie site! My plan for this site is to include books at each step in decoding development. I welcome texts submitted in PowerPoint to address specific steps in decoding acquisition. We will adhere to the following phonics sequence:
1. Begin with the five short vowels in alphabetical order: a = /a/, e = /e/, i = /i/, o = /o/, u = /u/.
Include easy digraphs like ck or ss and simple consonant clusters in the earliest books.
2. Intersperse consonant digraphs among short vowels. Cover the main h-digraphs: ch = /ch/, sh = / sh/, th = /th/.
3. Cover the five long vowels in alphabetical order.
For each long vowel, first present the silent-e pattern: a_e = /A/, i_e = /I/, o_e = /O/, or u_e = /U/.
Follow each silent-e pattern with its long vowel digraphs: ai/ay = /A/, ee/ea = /E/, igh/y = /I/, oa/ow = /O/, ew/oo = /U/.
4. Finally, teach other vowels, not short or long: oo = /oo/, oi/oy = /oy/, ou/ow = /ow/, au/aw = /aw/
Include r-controlled vowels: er/ir/ur = /er/, ar = /ar/.
E-mail your decodable books as PowerPoint files, by attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last modified: May 1, 2020