Summer reading ideas

Whether your secret agent is ready to devour all the books they can get their hands on this summer holiday, or you’re looking for a book to read with your child to help nurture a love for reading as you work your way through the earlier stages of Easyread, take a look at our compilation of the most popular books for summer 2016. And what’s really great is that they’re just as popular amongst girls and boys! Suitable for pre-teens and teens.

The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams

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The latest instalment from the ever-funny and mischievous writer, Mr David Walliams himself. The World’s Worst Children is “a collection of ten short stories about five beastly boys and five gruesome girls.

Meet TV super-fan, Sofia Sofa, so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one; Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble; and Blubbering Bertha, a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales. Plus expect an appearance from everyone’s favourite character: Raj!”

(We haven’t come across Raj yet. If any of our secret agents would like to fill us in…!)

It sounds like there’ll be some Veruca Salt-worthy characters in there!

The reviews for The World’s Worst Children are as amazing as the accolades for Walliams’s other works. With the likes of Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy being among the top reading choices for when our secret agents finish the programme, we have no doubt that they’re going to love this one too.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

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From one mischievous author to the original mischief conjurer himself: Roald Dahl. With the new BFG film set to hit cinemas soon in the UK, this classic has found itself back in the children’s book charts. If your reader hasn’t yet had the pleasure of discovering a world of Snozzcumbers, Dream Jars and pretty scary man-eating giants, then the BFG is a must-read this summer.

Tom Gates Super Good Skills Almost (Tom Gates 10) by Liz Pichon

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The latest instalment in the Tom Gates series sees Tom, Delia and the whole Gates family going on holiday (a topical book for their summer reading list!) Doodling seems to be the only thing that will get Tom through a holiday on the most boring campsite ever.

The print version of the book comes complete with pages for your reader’s very own doodles. Perfect for budding artists.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

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As always, the Harry Potter series remain at the top of the children’s books chart. And if they haven’t had a chance to get into the 7-part series, now’s as good a time as any to lose themselves in the magical wizarding world of Hogwarts. And just in time for the publication of the play!

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

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We hadn’t heard of this series until now, but The Parent Agency and Baddiel’s other works seem to be pretty popular on the big book-selling sites.

The Parent Agency is an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child – and for the child in everyone.

Barry said, a third time, “I wish I had better parents!” And then suddenly the entire room started to shake…

Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it’s number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 3) ‘always being tired’.

But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don’t have children. That’s far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents.

For Barry Bennett, this world seems like a dream come true. Only things turn out to be not quite that simple…”

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

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There are currently 10 books in the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, so plenty to keep them engrossed over the summer break. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid stars “middle-school weakling, Greg Heffley”, as he navigates his way from middle-school to high school. Featuring school days, parties and teen crushes. Life encounters that every kid can relate to.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

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The Percy Jackson series are inspired by Greek mythology, and Rick Riordan’s desire to create a series for his son, who has ADHD and struggles with reading. Percy Jackson is a demigod in the series, and uses his powers to save the world against the likes of the King of the Titans, the cyclops Polyphemus and a band of skeletons.

A great choice for lovers of history and Greek tales!

If you have any more titles to add to our compilation, do let us know.

Happy reading, secret agents!

– Maddie

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Self-confidence has soared

Sarah has made great strides in her reading, spelling and writing. And perhaps even more importantly than actual measurements, is the fact that her self-confidence has soared so that she is willing to take risks with writing! She even has been pleased to note her improvements and is taking some pride in her accomplishments.

We have truly loved this program and are so glad that our speech therapist encouraged us to try it.

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7 year-old Skye passes her phonics test after 60 lessons of Easyread

“I have found Easy read to be really good and could see an improvement after just 30 sessions with the programme. I am sure it was the programme that helped Skye pass her phonics test recently which she failed last year. She now does not guess really easy words and has started to decode properly. Skye has just been diagnosed with Dyslexia so I really hope we can continue on a positive path.”

Excellent results for 7 year-old Skye at lesson 60!

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The fact he’s up to a mid-average level in reading is testament that this programme has really helped him enormously

Uschi shares the results from Corin’s educational psychologist report, undertaken after 200 lessons of Easyread:

“We saw an educational psychologist on Monday who started her assessment with Corin. She did an hour with him on all sorts of general maths, reading, spelling and vocabulary tests. Lovely lady and Corin was quite happy to do that. Especially, cause they started off with maths, as he said that was his strongest subject, so he was happy to show what he could do.

I got the report today and it pretty much confirmed what we would have thought.

This is what it said in terms of current attainment:

Current Attainment:
Attainments in Literacy: The following tests are to be considered:
Reading
Untimed test of graded single word reading, in this case the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (blue test form) was used. The word reading subtest is made up of two sections – letter reading and word reading, it is a recognition test.
Corin read confidently and audibly when he recognised the word easily. He demonstrated excellent blending skills and used his phonetic knowledge to decode unfamiliar words successfully. His standardised score was 106 placing him in the mid-average range.

Sentence Comprehension measures an individual’s ability to gain meaning from words and to comprehend ideas and information in sentences using a modified cloze technique.
Corin read the sentences with some fluency. At times he approximated words and ‘read’ what he thought they said often then re-reading to be more accurate, this seemed to mean that occasionally he lost the flow and some of the meaning of what he was reading. His comprehension standardised score was 104, again mid-average range.

Spelling
Untimed test of graded single word spelling, in this case the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (blue test form) was used. The spelling subtest is made up of two sections – letter writing (13 dictated letters) and also name writing, and dictated spellings of single words. The scoring in this subtest relies on the letters being clearly recognisable – undotted i’s and uncrossed t’s are permitted however letter reversals are not.

Corin could spell simple, phonetically correct, words and the more common exception words (e.g. should). Those words that he did not spell correctly had some common errors e.g. syllables missing, spelling rules not followed but some phonetical awareness.
Corin’s standardised score was 90, placing him in mid – average range for spelling.

The standard score difference between this and word reading and more particularly mathematics computation is worthy of note being statistically significant and could suggest a specific difficulty.

I’m particularly pleased that he really showed his excellent decoding skills, because that’s definitely the achievement of Easyread, no doubt about it. The fact that he’s up to a mid-average level in reading is testament that this programme has really helped him enormously.

I’ll spare you the full maths assessment, but in the test used, he came out in the high-average group – again, pretty much where I would have expected him to be.

So, the psychologist suggested that she could delve a little deeper into the area of spelling difficulty to see if there are specific things we could do to help Corin with this. It will probably always be hard for Corin, but I still think that if we know where the issue is as precisely as possible, then we can help the most. And the fact that he is now reading with more ease and therefore generally reading more will surely also help his spelling in the long run.

Right, that’s probably a long enough message for now 🙂 But I think it really gives some backing to the success of the programme – I know there wasn’t a formal comparable assessment beforehand, but I know he wouldn’t have scored this highly in the reading.”

 

 

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Already he’s a different child…

I just wanted to drop a note to let you know the difference we are seeing in Liam already. Tonight we did his school homework which is normally a chore, however tonight we have a different child. He actively did his challenge spelling words, using your sheets he managed to spell the following words correctly:
– agonisingly
– commander
– notorious
-mainland
– Port Arthur
– Port Jackson.
All I can say is thank you so much, we have one happy kid and two over the moon parents.

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I have nothing but great things to say…

I have nothing but great things to say about the program and feel certain it has set Kate up for success. Kate reads daily on her own, books of her choosing and teacher feedback has been all positive. Her progress has been amazing.

I welcome an opportunity to refer the system and thank you for your support.

Kind regards
Karen

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Reading and writing independently!

F is coming to the end of his last year at our school. He is currently involved in the end of year play and other year 6 activities so hasn’t been able to do Easyread lately. We are so pleased with F’s progress, Easyread has been such a great program for him, he now reads and writes independently.
Thank you for all your help.

  • Suna, Clayton’s Primary School
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She’s starting to see herself as a reader

“Kaitlyn jumped 3 reading levels at school last term. She’s been getting extra support each week at school which is building her confidence as she’s improving quickly. She’s very happy to be reading Snow White although she stresses when she sees the four lines together. She calms down when we tell her she’s already read them and that she just has to reread them. She’s starting to see herself as a reader and although it’s still early days we’re very happy with the progress.

Kaitlyn’s getting a little more confident with her writing too. She’s very imaginative and likes making up stories so we’re encouraging her to write them. She prefers other people do the writing for her but she’s still doing a lot better.”

A very happy mum at lesson 86.

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A message from a very happy mum

“Dear Easyread, we are so excited about Olivia finishing her Easyread program. It seems a long time ago when we started the first lesson but she has gained confidence and enjoyed every session.

Olivia’s reading has improved significantly and in the first three months she went up several reading levels. This was the input we really needed for her and were delighted to discover Easyread online.

Thanks so much for all the prizes and she is definitely very excited about the helicopter and has been since you first mentioned it.

Thanks for the support and we will continue to use you as a resource.

From a Happy Mum, Anne”

Congratulations Olivia and Anne!

Olivia’s helicopter has now arrived, and she is currently enjoying becoming a pro pilot.

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