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Five Little Reading Books that emphasise medial sounds      a, e, i, o and u

“Brat the Rat” –                                                   emphasises medial sound ‘a’

“My Book of Riddles” –                                     emphasises medial sound ‘e’

“What Do You Think?” –                                                  emphasises medial sound ‘i’

“Molly Has a Dog..” –                                               emphasises medial sound ‘o’

“Five Funny Bugs” –                                           emphasises medial sound ‘u’

Click the images above to see example pages from the five little reading books.

Download Little Reading Books – Medial Sounds (including tutor notes) here

These Little Books have been written especially to consolidates the reading of three letter words with the medial vowel sound ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’ or ‘u’.
Each little book emphasises one of the medial sounds.

  • ‘Brat the Rat’ emphasises the medial sound ‘a’.
  • ‘My Book of Riddles’ emphasises the medial sound ‘e’.
  • ‘What Do You Think?’ emphasises the medial sound ‘i’.
  • ‘Molly Has a Dog’ emphasises the medial sound ‘o’.
  • ‘Five Funny Bugs’ emphasises the medial sound ‘u’.
  •  Each child makes her/his own little book which gives her/him a special interest in the book.
  • The little books are written so they are fun to read and work.
  • Reading the books will give the child practise at reading known words and sounding out words.
  • Being familiar with the stories will give the child confidence to read well. It will give him/her the opportunity to improve the oral reading skills of fluency and expression.
  • Discussing the pictures and what is happening in them improves the child thinking skills, gives the child valuable practise at expressing her/himself and her/his vocabulary will be extended.
  • The child makes the booklet and writes her/his name on the cover. This gives the child a sense of ownership.
  • Cutting out (carefully on the line) and colouring in (carefully and with the correct pencil hold) helps improve fine motor skills.
  • The booklets can be used individually or at the end of the corresponding lessons in Phonic Pack One. The lessons in Phonic Pack One which cover the medial sounds can be found on pages 79 to 85.
  • Making booklets helps the child realise that the title page is the first page or cover.
  • You can look at the title of the book and discuss with the child:
  1. how the title of the book is written ie: which words have  capital letters and why.
  2. what he/she thinks the book may be about – the thinking and discussion is the important part, not if it is the same as the story or not.
  • Discuss with your child the question, “Does the order of the pages matter in this book?”   Let your child experiment to find out.

(In some books the order of the pages doesn’t matter because the pages don’t have to be in order for a story to progress. In a lot of books the pages do have to be in a particular order to tell the story)

  • Making a booklet reinforces the knowledge that we read from the front of a book to the back.
  • Ask your child to point to the words as he/she reads the sentences.


  1.  reinforces the left to right eye movement.
  2.  reinforces the fact that sentences and phrases are made up of words.
  3.  encourages the child to look at each word, so enhancing word recognition.

A beneficial exercise for your child is to:
Print off a spare booklet.
Cut the sentences from the bottom of each page and put them in random order.
Encourage your child to match each sentence to the sentence which is the same in the booklet he/she has made.
Read the sentence.

When your child is competent with this exercise:
Take the sentences, one at a time.
Cut them into words.
Put the words in jumbled order.
Encourage your child to rearrange the words into a sentence.
Read the sentence.
NB: If your child needs help, let her/him refer to the little booklet. It is good when your child can do this without referring to the booklet. It is a sign that she/he is actually reading the words.


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