Looking for more books to read with Foundations?

Or have a favorite to suggest?

In order to prevent frustration and build enthusiasm for reading books, we introduce the readers and books used in the Foundations curriculum in a careful progression according to what phonograms and spelling rules students have been taught thus far. In this way, we ensure that students will have all the tools they need to successfully read the entire book!

By the end of level C, students learn all the phonograms and spelling rules needed to decode 98% of English words. Many children begin to read more books on their own before that point, but this happens differently for different students, and that is fine. We strongly suggest not requiring students to read any books that use linguistic tools they have not been taught unless they choose to do so on their own.

Teachers and parents often ask about suggestions for additional books besides the Foundations readers and the Bob Books suggested in the lessons to use at various points of Foundations (starting at 45). Here are some that we have found and that readers have submitted!

Note: Some of these early reader collections advocate approaches to reading instruction that we do not agree with, indicating what sight words must be memorized before a child can read that book. However, if you introduce the books at the indicated point in Foundations, your students will have all the linguistic tools needed to read every word in them, without needing to use the pictures for hints or memorize any sight words by rote.

Have a suggestion?

Look through the book, figure out where it fits within the Foundations scope and sequence, and submit it to us in the form at the bottom of this page.

Foundations Book Suggestions by Lesson

LessonBook
42
Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Pet Bat
Publisher: unknown
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44
Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: Hot Yak
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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45
Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): Pig Sits
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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46
Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: Wet Pup
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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47
Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): Bug on a Rug
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): A Bed for Pets
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Skunk Jogs
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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49
Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Tan Chimp
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Sloth Sniffs
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Moth Rocks
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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51
Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): Rat Naps
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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53
Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): The Plant
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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55
Free Phonetic Readers: "Vic"
Author: Trish Mylet
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Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): Fox Hops
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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59
Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Big Club
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Bed Bugs
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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60
Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): Drips & Spills
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): A Trunk for Buck
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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61
"The Fat Cat" (poem)
Author: Stephanie Calmenson.
Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury, ed. Cole and Calmenson
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64
Free Phonetic Readers: "Zain"
Author: Trish Mylet
May be read after lesson 54 by students familiar with uppercase G.
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Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): Hop Frog Hop
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Now I'm Reading! "Snack Attack" (Level 2): A Whale Tale
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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65
Free Phonetic Readers: "Rob"
Author: Trish Mylet
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66
Now I'm Reading! "Playful Pals" (Level 1): Egg Legs
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Free Phonetic Readers: "Lex"
Author: Trish Mylet
May be read after lesson 42 by students familiar with uppercase L, J, and M.
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68
Clever Critters Level 1 Advanced: The Fox Begs
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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79
Free Phonetic Readers: "Eve"
Author: Trish Mylet
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Free Phonetic Readers: "Ike"
Author: Trish Mylet
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Now I'm Reading! "Snack Attack" (Level 2): A Sweet Treat
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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80
Free Phonetic Readers: "June Rides"
Author: Trish Mylet
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85
Miles and Jax, Chapter 1: "Miles and Jax"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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90
Miles and Jax, Chapter 2: "Miles and Jax Go to the Playground"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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91
Now I'm Reading! "Snack Attack" (Level 2): Time for Toast
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Now I'm Reading! "Amazing Animals" (Level 2): Floating Goat
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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95
Miles and Jax, Chapter 3: "Miles and Jax Clean Up"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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96
"Notice" (Poem)
Author: David McCord. Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury, ed. Cole and Calmenson
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"Inside Outside Upside Down"
Author: Stan and Jan Berenstain, Publisher: Random House.
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100
Miles and Jax, Chapter 4: "Miles and Jax Go Camping"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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101
Now I'm Reading! "Amazing Animals" (Level 2): Ape Date
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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102
"Did You Ever See...?"
Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury
Compiled by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
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"This Is My Rock" (poem)
By David McCord
Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury
Compiled by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
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"Now I'm Reading! "Snack Attack" (Level 2): Mice on Ice"
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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105
Miles and Jax: Master Planners, Chapter 1: "Miles and Jax Solve a Crime"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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106
Joshua James Likes Trucks
Author: Catherine Petrie, Publisher: Children's Press
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108
Are You Sleeping?
(Traditional lyric, from French Frère Jacques.)
If needed, provide support with the silent H in "John."
Bob Books, Set 4: Ten Men
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen, Publisher: Scholastic
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110
Miles and Jax: Master Planners, Chapter 2: "Miles and Jax Build a Treehouse"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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Free Phonetic Readers: "Jove"
Author: Trish Mylet
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See Me Dig
Author: Paul Meisel, Publisher: Holiday House
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"Sheep in a Jeep"
Author: Nancy Shaw
Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury, ed. Cole and Calmenson
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111
Bob Books, Set 3: Summer
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen
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Bob Books, Set 3: Bed Bugs
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen
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Bob Books, Set 3: The Red Car
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen
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Bob Books: My School Trip
Author: Lynn Maslen Kertell
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From Head to Toe
Author: Eric Carle, Publisher: Scholastic
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Now I'm Reading! "Snack Attack" (Level 2): Ape Shake
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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Now I'm Reading! "Snack Attack" (Level 2): Toad's Lost Roast
Author: Nora Gaydos, Publisher: Innovative Kids
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113
Bob Books, Set 3: Kittens
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen
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Bob Books, Set 3: Funny Bunny
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen
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Bob Books, Set 3: Frogs
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen
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Bob Books, Set 3: Floppy Mop
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen
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Bob Books, Set 4: Bump!
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen, Publisher: Scholastic
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115
Miles and Jax: Master Planners, Chapter 3: "Miles and Jax Make a Surprise"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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Go Away, Dog
Author: Joan L. Nodset, Publisher: HarperCollins
If needed, provide support with don't and let's. They follow decoding rules students have learned, but contractions have not yet been explicitly taught.
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116
"Caterpillar" (Poem)
Author: Christina Rosetti. Public Domain
"Hello, Hello"
Author: Eve Merriam
Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury
Compiled by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
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Bob Books, Set 4: Willy's Wish
Author: Bobby Lynn Maslen, Publisher: Scholastic
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117
"I Wouldn't" (Poem)
Author: John Ciardi.
Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury
Compiled by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmensonn
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"At the Sea-Side" (Poem)
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Ready...Set..Read! The Beginning Reader's Treasury
Compiled by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson
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120
Miles and Jax: Master Planners, Chapter 4: "Not a Mere Cat"
Author: Kimber Iverson. Publisher: Logic of English, Inc.
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Book Suggestion Form

Look at all the phonograms contained in the book you want to submit and figure out where it fits within the Foundations Scope and Sequence. Make sure to consider all the decoding tools students will need:
- phonograms
- spelling rules
- which uppercase letters have been taught (if before lesson 68)
- number of syllables (two-syllable words are introduced in lesson 96 and three-syllable words in lesson 111)
- lazy vowels in unstressed syllables or words, as in "about," "was," and "from" (introduced in lesson 45)
Be sure to include the author and publisher of the book you're suggesting.

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