Science of Reading Curriculum Materials

Decodable Books

Phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension are the three pillars of Science of Reading. Connected texts that are aligned to your curriculum are the only way to build all three at once. 

Our Kindergarten and 1st Grade series are truly decodable, with just a handful of high-frequency sight words. All the other words only use the letters and sounds learned so far.

The impact of this is huge. Instead of being frustrated by tricky words that do not follow the rules, your children can build confidence week by week.

Real Books That Children Want to Read

Decodable books mean that students are not faced by the frustration of words that break phonics rules. But you will know that a lot of phonics books are really quite dull.

We think edu-tainment is the way to go. Our books are fun and have meaty plot arcs. Children actually want to read them. After all, developing a love of reading is the end goal!

There are 16 steps in the Kindergarten library split into two book sets, for a total of 32 books. The 1st Grade library has 17 steps with two book sets, for 34 books.

Click below to view the book titles and our phonics progression.

What Teachers Are Saying

>> “I love them! They are absolutely fabulous! The kids love them! They are able to decode. There are so many different things you can do with the books – talk about quotations, emotions, comprehension. They are perfect!”
C, Literacy Coach, Marlborough School District, CT 

>> “I love that the books are easy to use with our Science of Reading program. It is easy to use with each skill that we teach. We love the colorful pictures and how well they help the students get meaning from the text.”
P, Interventionist, Benson School District, AZ

>> “Large text size, decodable, variety of topics that kids are interested in, colorful illustrations in which the characters are almost always expressing emotions/allows for teaching SEL simultaneously.”
 – K, Principal, Kenai Peninsula School District, Alaska

See the Books in Action!

Placing an Order

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We occasionally have book samples from past print runs, or we can send you a few PDFs to flip through virtually. Just email us to ask!

Our Phonics Foundational Curriculum

The full All Aboard Phonics universal curriculum for Kindergarten and 1st Grade has:

  • Smartboard and paper-based daily lessons, with worksheets
  • Purchasable flashcards, friezes, and posters for the classroom
  • Online tracking and teacher dashboards
  • Lesson manual for Tier 2 or Tier 3 interventions (small group or 1:1)
  • Free online teacher/paraprofessional training
  • Free home practice app

You can flip through a low-res version of our beginner Kindergarten manual here. Then, you can click here to review more of our teaching manuals.

You can see our resource pricing below. We recommend beginning with our starter pack of classroom resources for Kindergarten or 1st Grade.

Entirely Research Based

These curriculum materials, based on our work in the UK, are thoroughly tried and tested. A science of reading approach has been at the core of all literacy instruction in the UK for nearly 20 years. 

The early All Aboard Phonics curriculum progresses at a faster rate than is common in the US, but we find US children respond just as well to the faster pace as UK children. It gets them into reading real words and books much sooner, which makes it more fun.

So you can be sure you are working with a process that is effective and tested. That is different to most US-origin science of reading curricula, which are often relatively new.

Our integrated dashboard allows you to run online assessments and track class data as a whole. You can also drill down into individual learner data to view change over time. So you can run some deeper research on your own class trajectory over the course of the year! Training on how to run All Aboard Phonics and use these assessment tools is forever free.

Integrated Interventions

Within any class there are some children who will find a phonics approach hard, but we have also spent the past 15 years researching new interventions to help those children. Our mission is 100% success in each class.

As you work through All Aboard Phonics, your assessment dashboard will highlight which children are struggling. That is quite normal in any well-founded program, but now you will have an action plan to implement. You will know why the child is struggling and exactly what to do about it. That feels a lot better than just hoping for the best!

We have summarised our research into the causes of reading difficulty in our book The 9 Main Causes of Reading Difficulty. Have a think to see how many causes of reading difficulty you can list before reading the book.

Dual Curriculum Options

Decodable books need to connect into the curriculum being used. The decodable book set discussed at the top fits the standard US curriculum. That is listed on the price sheet below.

If you become an All Aboard Phonics school and move up to the curriculum pace we find works better, then we can supply you with books that connect with that curriculum too.

Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more about switching over to All Aboard Phonics, email us at with your school details.

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