"The books really support our ethos of enrichment through the love of books. They are such good preparation for getting to grips with learning to read and write."
"The CD was a great resource and the children loved to listen to it - they particularly liked the introduction to all the characters. There was also a good range of vocab in the text and the books are a good introduction to rhyme and poetry." Primary Teacher Update Gold Award, 2013
"The children were captured by the illustrations in these books and their funny titles, and thought that they were hilarious!"
Our Sound Steps range is written by a father of two, Craig Green, and edited by a team of speech and language therapists. With illustration from the inky fingered genius of Sarah-Leigh Wills, our books are bursting with character. This unique blend of expertise ensures that our stories remain “educationally nutritious” yet refreshingly funny stories that you will want to share over and over again.
Each story is carefully crafted around the rhyme, rhythm and repetition of a targeted sound. The inclusion of a chorus, which focuses on a key sound, encourages participation in the boosting of speech sound skills. You can find out more about the importance of rhyme, rhythm and repetition in our blog.
Each book comes with a CD: The characters are brought to life by Rik Mayall, Catherine Tate and Ronni Ancona. As well as helping to develop listening skills, the CD also includes a handy chime, indicating to the independent young book-worm that it is time to turn the page.
Our books and resources help boost fundamental phonological and phonemic skills, which are key factors for speech, language and literacy in all children. The Sound Steps to Literacy range are firm favourites in Key Stage 1 and 2 settings, as well as early years. They can also be used to provide targeted support for children with speech and language needs. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss how our books can help your child’s individual needs.
In September 2013 we were delighted to win the for the -S Set of Clickety Books, accompanied by audio CDs with narration by Ronni Ancona we were also very pleased to be awarded with the Practical Pre-School Silver Award for our -T Set of Clickety Books accompanied by audio CDs with lively narration by Catherine Tate.
Clickety Books are have been designed to develop ALL children’s speech sound awareness, an essential building block for both clear speech and early literacy development. Just listening to the stories can help children develop their knowledge of speech sounds and how they combine in words and joining in the chorus will also give them plenty of practice saying the sounds.
They can also be used as part of a support programme for any child presenting with speech, language or early literacy difficulties.
Children who have speech intelligibility difficulties when they start school are likely to experience difficulties learning to read and spell. Success in early decoding and spelling is dependent on the ability to segment words into their constituent sounds which, in turn, depends on the ability to ‘hear’ the difference between sounds and recognise the same sound when they hear it spoken in different words.
The books and accompanying resources can also be used to promote children’s listening and attention and other language skills.