At the start of lockdown sales of kids books skyrocketed. In particular, the Usborne phonics readers were a massive hit. They are a book that most families had a least 1 copy of but once parents realised they were going to have to homeschool we were all desperate for more!
Check out my video review of our own Usborne phonics readers books at the bottom of this post.
what are Usborne phonics readers?…
If your child is still under 2, you perhaps haven’t discovered these little gems yet. The Usborne phonics readers are storybooks that help a child develop their language. The stories are often fun or have a great moral to them and are short enough to keep a child’s attention or for the older ones reading it themselves, are manageable in one sitting.
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why are phonics readers so popular?
These books can be found on almost every families bookshelf. Why? Because they are beautifully and carefully written (with a language expert) in a way that develops your child’s language while seeming like just your average storybook. The stories are fun, create lots of giggles, and often have a great moral to them. The illustrations are always amazing – bright, colourful and humorous.
The book is suitable for children aged 2 – 5/6 when they are able to read it themselves. These are perfect for Flinn (5) at the moment which I talk about in the video below.
The size of the paperback book is perfect for little hands to hold so they feel capable and able to concentrate on the words themselves. There are also loads of titles to choose from and new ones regularly coming out so you can be adding to your collection.
Some of the books such as Fat Cat On A Mat feature lift the flaps which is always a winner with small kids. There are also hardback copies of some of the stories like Underpants for Ants that come with touch-the-page sound technology.
At the back of each of the books is a section full of tips for the parent and an explanation about what that book, in particular, is teaching your child.
The Usborne Phonics readers can be bought individually here: https://bit.ly/2BAVR2d
Or in a collection here: https://bit.ly/3eRUfz4
The books I mentioned in the video are available here:
Since recording this video we have also added Skunks in Trunks to our collection about 5 skunks who spend the day at the water park where all sorts of trouble happens.
Do you have any of the Usborne Phonics Readers? Which are your favourites?