Decodable Books Written by Teachers
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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.

Sam the Ant, by Eleanor McDavid

Bob Is Lost, by Amanda Cummings

Sam's Trip to the Doc, by Heather Lewis

I Can Swim! by Maggie Saye

Bob the Cat and His Nap, by Cambre Prater

Dad's Lost Hat, by Bridgett Wilson

Jack the Cat, by Emily Mills

Jump Up and Spin, by Grace Jensen

Ted and Tim, by Amanda Merkel

Chuck and Chad Get Lunch, by Bridget Clabby

The Man and His Hat, by Susan Grimes

The Dog and the Chick, by Marguerite DeWitt

Frank and Fred at Camp, by Hannah Paxton

A Fun Trip With Mom and Dad, by Meg Terry

Pam and Hen Swim, by Greer Montgomery

Ben and Sam, by Laura Charlton

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

Shells Are Fun, by Inji El Ghannam, San Francisco, CA

Can He Swim? by Victoria Barron

Camp, by Teri Crum

Jill and Her Dog, by Heather Tingas

Jim and the Big Raft, by Kathleen Boehme

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, Winchester CA

Cop Bob and Bud, by Stephanie Paget, Winchester CA, with Questions

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

Jim and Kim, by Haley Nichols

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


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 murraba@auburn.edu.

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