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 HNB — 1st Grade Phonics —

Phonic Books: Alba Series

Catch-Up Readers

Readability Level: Phonics
Recommended Ages: 8-14
Subject/Genre: Adventure Fantasy

Alba lives in London with her family. Her dad is a scientist. A breed of superbugs is destroying all the apple trees in the world and Alba’s dad is working hard to save them. He has the last apple seed left in the world safely at home…until Max comes to the house to steal the seed and in the process he shrinks Alba down to 4 inches tall. Will Alba be able to dodge Max and save the seed to return it safely to her dad?

  • Designed for guided or independent reading
  • Ideal for practicing specific decoding patterns in the context of a larger narrative
  • Text is supported by color pictures on each page
  • Each book focuses on a set of sound-spellings for readers to practice
  • Action-packed stories in short books (about 300 words each)

    Alba Series

    The 12 books in this new catch-up series offer step-by-step phonic progression within exciting, beautifully illustrated, age-appropriate stories. This series covers the essential phonic foundations a catch-up pupil will need, starting at CVC/CVCC level. It will appeal to both boys and girls. The Alba Series follows the same phonic progression as the Totem Series.

  • Book 1: CVC, CVCC
  • Book 2: CCVC (CVC, CVCC, CCVC)
  • Book 3: CCVCC (CVC, CVCC, CCVCC)
  • Book 4: 'sh', 'ch', 'th'
  • Book 5: 'ck', 'ng', 'qu', 'wh'
  • Book 6: 'ae' (ai, ay, a-e, a)
  • Book 7: 'ee' (ee, ea, e, y, ey)
  • Book 8: 'oe' (o-e, ow, oa, o)
  • Book 9: 'er' (er, ir, ur)
  • Book 10: 'ow' (ow, ou)
  • Book 11: 'ie' (igh, i-e, y, i)
  • Book 12: 'oo' (oo, ew, u-e, u)

    Alba Series Workbook

    This spiral-bound photocopiable workbook (270 pages) includes 12 chapters which correspond to the 12 books in the reading series. Following the same phonic progression, it provides a variety of activities including word building, blending, segmenting, comprehension, and vocabulary exercises based on the characters and adventures in the Alba Series.

    Talisman Cards

    sampleTalisman Cards are a collection of 20 beautifully illustrated card decks students can use to play a fast-paced game that gives them plenty of phonic skills practice. Starting at the CVC word level, the decks introduce consonant digraphs and alternative spellings for vowel sounds. Each deck of 56 cards corresponds to a phonic focus contained in the Phonic Books Series.

  • Sample Workbook Pages



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    1 set of 12 books


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    Alba Series Workbook


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