Phonic Books: Alba Book Series

Original price was: $79.00.Current price is: $59.25.

18 in stock (can be backordered)

What are Catch-up Readers?

Catch-up readers are decodable, systematic phonic reading books for older readers

Interest Age: 8 to 14+

80% of struggling readers have a gap in phonics knowledge. Phonics books fill in these missing gaps. They are designed for older students who may have already experienced reading failure. Since many of these students also experience loss of confidence and low self-esteem, Phonics Books develop confident, independent reading strategies.

Included in each series:

    • Systematic (sequenced) phonic progression
    • Age-appropriate illustrations and story lines
    • Reading practice page which prepares the student for reading the text
    • Vocabulary page to develop receptive and expressive language
    • Reader-friendly layout

Each of the series engage students in action-packed stories, while introducing step-by-step decodable phonics skills. Each series is supported by a photocopiable workbook (sold separately) that provides a variety of skill based activities.

To view the PhonicBooks Scope & Sequence, click the photo below

Alba Book Series

Written by Tami Reis-Frankfort and Illustrated by Drew Wilson

Alba saves the day when someone threatens her father’s important scientific work.

This series shares the same phonic progression as the Totem Series and can be used in parallel.  Alba is a 12 book series, taking students from CVC and CVCC word level text, and progressing through adjacent consonants, consonant digraphs, and alternative vowel spellings.  The Alba Series adventure will appeal to older readers who struggle with reading and would benefit from a beginning phonics program.  Featuring a female heroine, the books will appeal to both boys and girls alike.   This series features one continuous story when read in sequence, with the conclusion in the final book.

Subject/Genre: Adventure

Ages: 8-14

Interest Level: Grades 2-8

Books: 12 Decodable Books Sold Together as a Complete Series

Phonic Skills Taught

  • Book 1: CVC, CVCC
  • Book 2: CVC, CVCC, CCVC
  • Book 3: CVC, CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC
  • Book 4: ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’
  • Book 5: ‘ck’, ‘ng’, ‘qu’, ‘wh’, ‘le’, -ed
  • 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)
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Alba Workbook (Sold Separately)

Catch-up reader workbooks are integral to the reading program as they include activities to support the learner. 

This 272 page, photocopiable workbook has 12 chapters of activities designed for older students, ages 8-14, who already know the sounds of the alphabet and can read simple CVC words. This workbook corresponds directly to the 12 books in the Alba series, and includes activities for word building, blending, segmenting, comprehension, and vocabulary based on the characters and adventures in the Alba series.

For help deciding which series to begin with, click the photo below for an assessment.

Original price was: $79.00.Current price is: $59.25.

18 in stock (can be backordered)