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WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

A bright and lively introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words. With irresistible illustrations, fun colouring activities and stickers to engage children as they learn.

Fully supports the UK Government’s Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools, and complements the Usborne Very First Reading series of reading books.

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Book information

Key Stage
ISBN: 9781409530756
Extent: 32 pages + 2 sticker pages
Dimensions: 276 x 216mm
Fred Blunt

Author information

Mairi Mackinnon

Mairi Mackinnon has lived in England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain, and worked as an English teacher, translator and tour manager before joining Usborne. Over the years, she has edited Usborne books in English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Welsh. She has worked extensively on books for beginner readers, such as Usborne Very First Reading, and developed the Usborne English Readers series for young English language learners. She has also worked on the Usborne Foundation’s popular phonics game, Teach your Monster to Read.

Press reviews

“This colourful book, packed with activities, is an excellent learning resource for early phonics. Carefully constructed, the activities ensure that each letter is fully understood before moving on to the next.”

Resources for this book

  • Teach Your Monster to Read
    If your child is just starting to learn to read, this free game will help give them speed and accuracy in recognising letters. Click on the link to find out more about the game.
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