Monster Phonics Reading Books

Aligned to the National Curriculum, our books meet all Ofsted criteria. Easy and exciting to read for children with read-along sections for parents of younger children that help bring the story to life.

The Monster Phonics Reading Scheme consists of 130 books divided into stages: 5 stages in Reception, 5 stages in Year 1 and 2 stages in Year 2.  At only £399 for the whole scheme (130 books) or £1327 for 5 copies of the whole scheme (650 books), our phonics books make home-school reading sets affordable for every school. Books can also be purchased for a specific year group or in individual stages.

eBooks subscriptions are available for the whole scheme of 130 eBooks, or for specific year groups or stages. An ideal way to ensure continuity of home learning support.

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Meeting the needs of the Ofsted Primary Framework

Matched to Letters and Sounds and the KS1 Curriculum, Monster Phonics books ensure that children are reading using the phonics that has been taught.  Each book focuses on a key grapheme and ability-appropriate high-frequency words. Our books are also priced cost-effectively to allow schools to buy enough books for home-school reading. Read more about the Ofsted Primary Framework.

Our phonic reading books are also matched to the Monster Phonics Programme, a complete scheme which meets all statutory requirements.  Monster Phonics uses colour to help children learn the link between sound and spelling. This significantly improves progress, helping children to read with confidence. Find out how his works.

Phonics keyword and high-frequency word practice boxes at the start of each book help children to read the story with confidence. Stories include wow words and centre around the popular monster characters. Each book ends with questions to develop comprehension skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Monster Phonics Reading Scheme organised?
The Monster Phonics Reading Scheme is divided into 10 stages. In each staged there are 10 books.

There are 30 books in the Reception - stages 1, 2 and 3.
There are 50 books in the Year 1 - stages 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
There are 20 books in the Year 2 - stages 8 and 9
What is a phonics book?
Phonics books use phonics that children have been taught. The order of teaching phonics is matched to the curriculum in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

The phonics focus words and high-frequency word practice boxes at the start of each book help children familiarise themselves with the phonics and vocabulary prior to reading. Comprehension questions help aid children’s development and inference skills.
How does Monster Phonics support learning to read?
Monster Phonics enables English to be learnt in a simplistic way. The 26 letters of the alphabet and combinations of these letters make 44 different sounds (phonemes) in English.

There are 144 ways (graphemes) to spell these 44 sounds. For example, the sound A is spelt 8 different ways; ay (play), ai (train), a-e (make), a (apron), ei (vein), eigh (eight), ea (great), ey (grey).

Monster Phonics uses the 10 monsters to categorise all sounds into 10 simple areas. Furthermore, each monster has a different colour and that colour also represents the sound. This means children can recognise the monsters and the colour associated with the sound, which helps them spell, read and write.

The use of monsters and the games associated with Monster Phonics ensures Monster Phonics is a fun and engaging way to learn, further accelerating the speed of learning for all.

In each book, colour highlights the focus spelling (grapheme). Monster Phonics also uses colour to help children to read high-frequency words (common words such as ‘when’ and ‘said’) with fluency. You will find that the colour is dropped from the word once that spelling has been taught.
I am a parent. Do you have a simple guide for how to use the books?
Yes, here is a useful guide to get the most out of Monster Phonics books.

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