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Books in the series: Collins Big Cat Phonics

FEELING THINGS Band 03/Yellow

FEELING THINGS Band 03/Yellow

Author: Sally Symes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

There are lots of different feelings caused by things around us, things we eat and things we do. This is a fantastic, decodable, rhyming poem written and stunningly illustrated by Sally Symes. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: A poem. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE, Science. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Sam and the Nut Band 01b/Pink B

Sam and the Nut Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Sheryl Webster, Giuditta Gaviraghi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Sam the squirrel has seen a juicy looking nut at the top of a tree, but when he tries to knock it down, it falls to the ground and into the paws of a cat and a dog. Will he ever get his nut back? Beautiful illustrations by Giuditta Gaviraghi accompany this story. This is a Pink/1B book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme. It's a simple story of fiction, with a familiar setting for early readers. A story map on pages 14-15 helps children recap important events of the narrative and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. The focus phonemes in this story are s, a, t, i, p, n, m, c, g, k, ck, d, e, o, u. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. Sam and the Nut is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Best Bird (9780007412853), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930).

Pond Food Band 02b/Red B

Pond Food Band 02b/Red B

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Ponds are full of all kinds of plants and animals. Take a look inside one pond and discover the food chain that exists within, in this wonderfully illustrated non-fiction book by John Townsend. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book. * Children can recount the food chain of the pond on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and animals. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Max Can Do It! Band 02b/Red B

Max Can Do It! Band 02b/Red B

Author: Charlotte Raby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Bee Rex the dinosaur loves to run, shout and swing from the trees, but her brother Max can't do any of those things. He prefers slower, quieter pursuits, such as looking for bugs under rocks. When Bee needs help, though, Max finds there is something he can do. This lovely story by Charlotte Raby is thoughtfully illustrated by Sam Hearn. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Have a developing awareness of their own needs, views and feelings, and be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Catching the Moon Band 04/Blue

Catching the Moon Band 04/Blue

Author: Mal Peat, Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Prince Hal is upset - he wants the moon. So the King and Queen send their servants, Grim and Crumb, out to catch the moon for him, with hilarious consequences. This charming story by award-winning author Mal Peat and Elspeth Graham is illustrated by Xiao Xin. This book is a Band 04/Blue book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. This is a simple story with a familiar setting and children can recap the main stages of the story on pages 14 and 15, providing lots of speaking and listening opportunities. This book supports learning around knowledge and understanding the world. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try What's Underground? (9780007185863) written by Gill Munton and illustrated by Peter Bull.

GET UP, TOM! Band 01b/Pink B

GET UP, TOM! Band 01b/Pink B

Author: John Townsend Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Everyone is up, but Tom is still in bed. Even cat and dog try waking Tom. This funny story is written by John Townsend and illustrated by Anna Shuttlewood. * Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Sheep to Jumper Band 03/Yellow

Sheep to Jumper Band 03/Yellow

Author: Fiona Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Discover how woolly clothes are made, from the shearing of the sheep on the farm to the making of the yarn in the factory, to the creation of fabric for clothes and other products. This informative non-fiction text is decodable and has been written by Fiona Macdonald. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: A non-fiction report. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: Science. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Peas Please! Band 03/Yellow

Peas Please! Band 03/Yellow

Author: Fiona Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Where do peas come from? How do they grow and how do they get from the field to our dinner plates? All these questions and more are answered in this informative and photographic journey of the pea. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: An information book. * Children can recount the journey of the pea, from the soil to our dinner plate, in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and animals. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Dip It! Tap It! Band 01a/Pink a

Dip It! Tap It! Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Catherine Baker, Tim Platt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Join Dan and Sam as they have fun dipping and tapping with shapes and paint to produce paintings. But who are their pictures of? Full of creative ideas, this photographic non-fiction book is written by Catherine Baker. * Children can discuss the different steps Dan and Sam took to finish their paintings in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Children can discuss the different steps Dan and Sam took to finish their paintings in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Creative Development: Use their imagination in art and design, music, dance, imaginative and role-play and stories

Panda's Band Band 02a/Red a

Panda's Band Band 02a/Red a

Author: Laura Hambleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Panda enjoys playing his drums, but would love to put together a band and share his music with others. Join him as he searches for the perfect band mates and prepares for a star performance in this lovely story by Laura Hambleton. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A simple story with a similar setting * Children can discuss the different instrument each animal can play, and what they would contribute to the band, on pages 14-15. * Ideas for guided reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Frog or Toad? Band 03/Yellow

Frog or Toad? Band 03/Yellow

Author: Sue Barraclough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

What's the difference between a frog and a toad? This highly photographic non-fiction book explains the similarities and differences between these two amphibians, including their appearance, diet and behaviour. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book. * Children can compare the similarities and differences of frogs and toad in the comparison pages on pages 14-15, providing plenty of discussion opportunities. * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and animals. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

I Found a Sound Band 02b/Red B

I Found a Sound Band 02b/Red B

Author: Vic Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

How many sounds do you hear in your day? Follow one boy as he fizzes, pops and crunches his way through his day in this fun non-fiction recount! * Children can recap and discuss all the different sounds from the book on pages 14-15. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Children can recap and discuss all the different sounds from the book on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the World. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Gorillas Band 04/Blue

Gorillas Band 04/Blue

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Gorillas are fascinating animals - find out all about their habitat, diet and behaviour in this photographic non-fiction book by Teresa Heapy. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A non-chronological report. * Children can discuss the important facts they have learnt about gorillas in the summary diagram on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Science: Plants and animals. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

DIP IN Band 01a/Pink a

DIP IN Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Sue Graves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Pam, Pip and Dad visit the village fete and try to win prizes at the lucky dip stall. When Pip dips extra deep he gets more than he bargained for! This sweet story is written by Sue Graves and beautifully illustrated by Sandra Aguilar. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE

In a Pit Band 01a/Pink a

In a Pit Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Jane Clarke, Woody Fox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Sid is sad because his dad is in a pit, but he comes up with a cunning plan to get him out and play a trick on the man that put him there at the same time! This hilarious story about two mammoths is humorously illustrated by Woody Fox. * Pink/1A - A simple story with a familiar setting. * Text type: Fiction. * Focus phonemes: s, a, t, i, p, n, m, d. * The story map on pages 14-15 helps children recap the important events of the narrative and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities.

I Spy Fly Band 03/Yellow

I Spy Fly Band 03/Yellow

Author: Mal Peat, Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The fly was hungry, and buzzed over to the park to see what he could find. In the park he quickly spied lots of food, but found getting that food was much less straightforward! Join the fly as he gets into endless trouble on his search for something to eat, in this humorous story by award-winning author Mal Peat and Elspeth Graham. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting. * Children can follow the fly's route around the park and recap the different situations he finds himself in on pages 14-15. * Ideas for guided reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Puff the Pup Band 02a/Red a

Puff the Pup Band 02a/Red a

Author: Tony Mitton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Puff the pup is digging a hole and finding lots of interesting things. But what does he find right at the bottom of the hole, and what is hidden inside it? This energetic story by Tony Mitton is illustrated by James Cottell. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting * Children can recap the stages of the story in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Ideas for guided reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

No, Sid, No! Band 01b/Pink B

No, Sid, No! Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Kate Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

When Mum leaves Sid by himself in the house, he sits patiently waiting for her to return. But when a cat climbs in through the window, Sid jumps into action to chase the intruder away - with disastrous consequences! This is a Pink B level/Band 1B book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions for early readers. This is a simple story with a familiar setting and children can recap the events of the story in the flow chart on pages 14-15. This book would link well with knowledge and understanding of the world curriculum topics. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. No, Sid, No! is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), Best Bird (9780007412853), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930).

Nip Nip! Band 01a/Pink a

Nip Nip! Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

It's a game of hide and seek and Dad the crab is looking for Tim, but he can't find him anywhere. As he hunts around the seabed he finds lots of other crabs in different hiding places, but will he ever find Tim? Written and illustrated by Shoo Rayner this is a fun story with lively, colourful artwork. * Pink/1A - a simple story with a familiar setting * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are s, a, t, i, p, n, m, d * A picture of the seabed on pages 14-15 shows all the crabs and their hiding places to help children recap the story

Pips in Pots Band 01b/Pink B

Pips in Pots Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Alison Hawes, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Follow this simple instruction text with clear photographs of each stage to learn how to plant your own pips. * Pink/1B - A simple instruction book * Text type: Non-fiction * Focus phonemes: p, o, t, s, c, u, g, e, i, a, m, d, ck, n * The step-by-step guide on pages 14-15 helps children to recap all the instructions * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

In the Net! Band 01b/Pink B

In the Net! Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Jillian Powell, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Interested in football? This photographic non-fiction book looks at all the different football skills needed to play the game, score and win. * Pink/1B - A simple non-fiction book * Text type: Non-fiction * Focus phonemes: i, c, a, n, p, ck, t, k, o, d, r, u, g, e, s * Pictures of all the individual skills on pages 14-15 help children to recap what they've read and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities

Got It! Band 01b/Pink B

Got It! Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Follow a young girl as she sets out to catch a crab, in this fun non-fiction book, written by Charlotte Guillain and brought to life by the illustrations of Ley Honor Roberts. This is a Pink B level/Band 1B book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions for early readers. A simple non-fiction book, children can trace the sequence of events for catching the crab on pages 14-15. This book would link well with the knowledge and understanding of the world curriculum topics. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. Get Fit is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827) and Get Fit (9780007421961).

Pet Cat, Big Cat Band 02a/Red a

Pet Cat, Big Cat Band 02a/Red a

Author: Alison Hawes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

What are the differences between your pet cat, and a big cat in the wild? Find out in this photographic non-fiction book. * Red / Band 2A - A simple recount * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are i, c , h and l. Other phonemes practised are s, a, t, p, n, k, e, o, r, m, d, g, u, h, f and b. * Children can compare and contrast pet cats and big cats alongside each other on the final spread. * Alison Hawes also wrote Red 2A The Big Red Bus; Red 2B Thick and Thin and Pond Dipping. * This book is paired with a fictional story that features a cat: Red 2A Cat and Dog in a Mess by Shoo Rayner. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

NESTS Band 02a/Red a

NESTS Band 02a/Red a

Author: Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Nests have lots of eggs and a nest must be hidden to protect it. Discover the range of places where birds build nests in this lovely, decodable non-fiction book by Elspeth Graham. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the book. * Curriculum links: Science, PSHE, Geography

Pit Pat! Tip Tap! Band 01a/Pink a

Pit Pat! Tip Tap! Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Jillian Powell, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

What different objects can children use during play? Find out in this photographic non-fiction book. * Pink/1A - A simple non-fiction book. * Text type: Non-fiction. * Focus phonemes: s, a, t, i, p, n, m, d. * Photos of each of the items on pages 14-15 help children to recap the book and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities.

I CAN, KIM CAN Band 01b/Pink B

I CAN, KIM CAN Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Greg Cook, Catherine Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Compare the way the five-year-old narrator and his baby sister Kim can do everyday activities in this lovely non-fiction book written by Catherine Baker and beautifully illustrated by Karin Littlewood. * Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions. * Text type: A simple non-fiction text * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE, Science

HAND PLAY Band 03/Yellow

HAND PLAY Band 03/Yellow

Author: Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Learn how to make amazing shadow puppets including a dog, duck, bat and snail. This fun, decodable instruction book is written by Elspeth Graham. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Text type: A simple instruction book * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: Science

YOUR NOSE Band 04/Blue

YOUR NOSE Band 04/Blue

Author: Nick Arnold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Discover what the nose does and how it helps you to breathe, smell, keep out dirt and get better when you are ill. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: science, PSHE * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

PET DOG Band 02a/Red a

PET DOG Band 02a/Red a

Author: Jean Coppendale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

You can train a pet dog to do lots of things. Discover how a pet dog makes the best pet in this decodable non-fiction book by Jean Coppendale. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: Science, PSHE. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Buzzy Bees Band 04/Blue

Buzzy Bees Band 04/Blue

Author: Sally Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Discover amazing facts about bees and how they live. This interesting, decodable information book is written by Sally Morgan. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: An information book. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the text. * Curriculum links: science. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

BERT THE UGLY BUG Band 04/Blue

BERT THE UGLY BUG Band 04/Blue

Author: Elspeth Graham, Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Bert lives deep in the rainforest and is completely awestruck by the beauty of other bright and wonderful creatures. If only he could sparkle like that? Or can he? This wonderful, decodable story is written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham and fantastically illustrated by Simona Messier. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: science, geography. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

TOP DOG Band 02a/Red a

TOP DOG Band 02a/Red a

Author: Laura Hambleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Can Bob compete against Fin, Tess and Biff in a range of competitions to be the best top dog? Find out if he wins the overall prize in this lovely, decodable, fiction book written and illustrated by Laura Hambleton. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A simple story with a family setting * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE, PE * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

BOOM, BOOM Band 02b/Red B

BOOM, BOOM Band 02b/Red B

Author: Fiona Macdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Discover different types of drums from around the world in this fun, decodable non-fiction book written by Fiona Macdonald. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A simple non-fiction book. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: Music, PSHE. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

WET, WET, WET Band 02b/Red B

WET, WET, WET Band 02b/Red B

Author: Helen Greathead Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

The rain can be good if there is just the right amount, but what happens when there is too much rain or too little? This interesting, decodable non-fiction book is written be Helen Greathead. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. Curriculum links: PSHE, Science, Geography * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

A DAY OUT Band 04/Blue

A DAY OUT Band 04/Blue

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

The little bird is safe in its cage, but will it survive the outside world when it escapes? This sweet, decodable story is written and superbly illustrated by Petr Horacek. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: geography, science, PSHE. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Pam Naps Band 01a/Pink a

Pam Naps Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Robyn Lever Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

While Pam naps in her rocking chair, her cats cause havoc around her - but will their noise be enough to wake her up? This lovely story is wonderfully illustrated by Tomislav Zlatic. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting * Children can discuss the different events that happen around a sleeping Pam in the illustrated kitchen scene on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the World

From Cow to Carton Band 04/Blue

From Cow to Carton Band 04/Blue

Author: Vic Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Ever wondered how milk gets from the cow in the field to your glass? Filled with photographs, this non-fiction report takes you through every step, from milking the cow to transporting the milk to the supermarket. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A non-fiction recount. * Children can recap the different stages of milk production in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Phonics Handbook

Phonics Handbook

Author: Kay Hiatt Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 01/09/2006

Collins Big Cat Teacher resources offer practical planning support, with book-by-book information, assessment support, photocopiable activity sheets to help practice literacy objectives and support for writing. * Developed by teachers for teachers, Collins Big Cat Phonics is easy to use and be sure you are getting it right. * Every session runs automatically - so you can concentrate on observing and assessing your children's progress. * Structured daily sessions provide fast, focused phonic fun, with lots of repetition and practice for reading and writing. Big Cat and his friends introduce you to 42+ phonemes through 10 minute daily sessions, helping every child learn how to become readers and writers. In this Handbook you will find: * a detailed explanation of the five sections of the daily 10-minute session so you know what the children will be learning * a session-by-session outline of the programme to save you time planning * book-by-book information for the Collins Big Cat Phonics Readers to support you guided reading sessions * assessment support with photocopiable masters to help your children consolidate and practise their new skills.

The Mouse and the Monster Band 02b/Red B

The Mouse and the Monster Band 02b/Red B

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

When a wee mouse meets a big, hungry monster on the road, he needs to think fast. This is a lively retelling of a traditional story by Martin Waddell. * Red / Band 2B - A traditional story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are sh, er, oa and ng. Other phonemes practised are ou (ground), th (this), th (thin), ee, w, oo (look), ie (lie) and ch. * Children can compare and contrast the two main characters using the character summaries on the final spread. * Martin Waddell also wrote Yellow 3 Horse Up a Tree and Blue 4 The Small Bun. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Thick and Thin Band 02b/Red B

Thick and Thin Band 02b/Red B

Author: Alison Hawes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

What things are thick? What things are thin? Find out in this non-fiction book. * Red / Band 2B - A simple information book * Text type - Non-fiction * Focus phonemes in this book are th (thin), oo (cook), v and oi. Other phonemes practised are ar, er, ou, sh, th (this), ee, z, and oo (moon). * The final spread gives children the opportunity to recap and discuss the text. * Alison Hawes also wrote Red 2A Pet Cat, Big Cat and The Big Red Bus; Red 2B Pond Dipping. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

We Are Not Fond of Rat Band 02b/Red B

We Are Not Fond of Rat Band 02b/Red B

Author: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Poor Rat! No one wants to be his friend. But when the other animals see how sad he is, they all try to make him feel better. This gentle rhyming story is written and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. * Red / Band 2B - A rhyming story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are qu, th (them) and ch. Other phonemes practised are sh, th (thin), ng, ee, z, w, oo (look), ie (lie) and y. * A story plan on the final spread allows children the opportunity to recap and discuss the story. * This story is paired with the non-fiction recount on a similar theme: Red 2B Feelings by Monica Hughes. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Birds Band 04/Blue

Birds Band 04/Blue

Author: Jilly McLeod Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

From sea birds to woodland birds - this colourful photographic book introduces children to a wide variety of birds from around the world. * Blue / Band 4 - A simple information book * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are ow (clown), air, al and aw. * The summary on the final spread allows children to compare and contrast different types of birds. * This title is paired with the fictional story with a similar theme: Hansel and Gretel by Malachy Doyle. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Muck it Up Band 02a/Red a

Muck it Up Band 02a/Red a

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

The two frogs, Plip and Plop, love to play in and around the pond. When they muck up the pond and reeds, they decide to clean it up. But Duck has other ideas. * Red / Band 2A - A simple story with a familiar setting * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are u, p, o and m. Other phonemes practised are s, a, t, i, c (ck), e, r, d, g, u and l. * The final spread shows a story map which allows children to recap the story. * Jane Clarke also wrote Blue 4 Mole and the New Hole * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Rainforest at Night Band 04/Blue

The Rainforest at Night Band 04/Blue

Author: Nic Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

At night in the rainforest, things start to happen. Meet the animals and insects that live in the rainforest, in this simple non-fiction recount by award-winning wildlife photographer, Nic Bishop. * Blue / Band 4 - An information book * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phoneme in this book is aw (crawl). * A summary of the creatures that live in the rainforest can be found on the final spread. * Nic Bishop also wrote Yellow 3 Real Monsters. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Ant and Snail Band 02a/Red a

Ant and Snail Band 02a/Red a

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Ant and Snail decide to have a race. Ant speeds off and is soon in the lead, but when Ant trips over and fall in a pit, he is glad when Snail arrives to help him. This story is illustrated in bright 3D colour by Jon Stuart. * Red / Band 2A - A simple traditional story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes for this book are ai, f, n, and r. Other phonemes practised are s, a, ta, i, p, c/k, e, o, d, g, u, h. * Children can follow and discuss the route taken by Ant and Snail using the map on the final spread. * Paul Shipton also wrote Yellow 3 Bart the Shark and The Sun and The Moon. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Diggety Dog Band 03/Yellow

Diggety Dog Band 03/Yellow

Author: Michaela Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Diggety Dog is looking for a bone. But no matter how far he digs, he only seems to manage to uncover trouble! Children will love this fun rhyming story by Michaela Morgan. * Yellow / Band 3 - A humorous rhyming story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are y (ugly), o-e, ea and i-e. * The map of Diggety's hole on the final spread allows children to discuss the characters the dog met along the way. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Pond Dipping Band 02b/Red B

Pond Dipping Band 02b/Red B

Author: Alison Hawes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

If you dip a net into a pond, what will you see when you scoop it out? This non-fiction book supports work on nature and the world around you. * Red / Band 2B - A simple non-fiction recount. * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are x, w and ue. Other phonemes practised are ou, sh, th (this), th (thin), ng, ee and oo (look). * The labelled illustration on the final spread enables children to discuss what they have learned about pond life. * Alison Hawes also wrote Red 2A Pet Cat, Big Cat and The Big Red Bus; Red 2B Pond Dipping. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Hansel and Gretel Band 04/Blue

Hansel and Gretel Band 04/Blue

Author: Grimm Brothers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Hansel and Gretel are left all alone in the Brown Wood, and have to try to find their way home. This retelling of the Grimm fairytale is by award-winning author, Malachy Doyle. * Blue / Band 4 - A traditional story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are oy, ir, au (Paul), al, aw and air. * Use the story map on the final spread to discuss Hansel and Gretel's route home. * This title is paired with a non-fiction book on a similar theme: Birds by Jilly MacLeod. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

How to Grow a Beanstalk Band 04/Blue

How to Grow a Beanstalk Band 04/Blue

Author: Janice Vale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Do you know how to turn a small, fat thing into a long, thin thing? It's easy - just take a bean and grow a beanstalk! This simple instruction text shows you exacly how to do it. * Blue / Band 4 - A simple instruction text * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are ur (curl), al and ow (how). * The flow chart on the final spread gives children the chance to recap and discuss the different stages of the process. * Janice Vale also wrote Yellow 3 Rock Out. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Rat Naps Band 01b/Pink B

Rat Naps Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Paul Shipton, Tomislav Zlatic Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Sid is a rat at the tip, he lives there with his friends Cam and Tim. But while they sleep soundly in their snug beds Rick the cat is on the look out for some dinner. This exciting story is vividly illustrated by Tomislav Zlatic. This is a Band 01B/Pink B book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which is a simple story with a familiar setting. This fiction book uses the focus phonemes s, a, d, t, p, i, n, r, ck, o, m, c, u, g and e. A picture of the tip on pages 14 and 15 shows all the rats' sleeping spots as well as Rick - on the hunt - to help children recap the story. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. For more guided reading books in this Collins Big Cat band, try In the Jungle (9780007512683) by Becca Heddle.

Bot on the Moon Band 02b/Red B

Bot on the Moon Band 02b/Red B

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Bot , the golf-loving robot, is going for a trip in his rocket ship. Find out what happens when he lands on the moon, in this funny book by author/illustrator Shoo Rayner. * Red / Band 2B - A simple fantasy story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes practised in this book are oo (moon), z and ar. Other phonemes practised are sh and ng. * A story map on the final spread lets children recap and discuss the story. * Shoo Rayner also wrote Red 2A Cat and Dog in a Mess. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Big Red Bus Band 02a/Red a

The Big Red Bus Band 02a/Red a

Author: Alison Hawes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

This non-fiction book takes us on a trip with a little girl and her dad as they go for a journey on the big, red bus. * Red / Band 2A - A simple recount * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are b, g and t. Other phonemes practised are s, a, i, p, n, c/k, e, o, r, d, u and l. * The final spread shows a story map which gives children the opportunity to recap the text. * Alison Hawes also wrote Red 2A Pet Cat, Big Cat; Red 2B Thick and Thin and Pond Dipping * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Mole and the New Hole Band 04/Blue

Mole and the New Hole Band 04/Blue

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Winter is coming and Mole is looking for a new hole to stay in, but he doesn't want to be on his own. Will any of the other animals let him share their home? * Blue / Band 4 - A story with a familiar setting * Text type - Fiction * The focus phoneme in this book is -are (share). * Children can use the cross-section of the hill on the final spread to discuss the characters and the story setting. * Jane Clarke also wrote Red 2A Muck it Up! * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Sun and the Moon Band 03/Yellow

The Sun and the Moon Band 03/Yellow

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

This simple non-fiction book introduces facts about the sun and the moon, and compares them. * Yellow / Band 3 - A simple non-fiction book * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are igh, y (sky), ay, a-e, i-e and y (very). * Use fact files on the final spread to compare and contrast the facts children have learned from the book. * Paul Shipton also wrote Red 2A Ant and Snail; Yellow 3 Bart the Shark. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Real Monsters Band 03/Yellow

Real Monsters Band 03/Yellow

Author: Nic Bishop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Follow the adventures of a monster-like lizard, as it goes out looking for food. This non-fiction book is illustrated with stunning photographs by author and nature photographer Nic Bishop. * Yellow / Band 3 - A non-fiction recount * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are ew, a-e, ay and ea. * The summary on the final spread allows children to recap on what happened in the text. * Nic Bishop also wrote Blue 4 The Rainforest at Night. * This title is paired with a story about fictional animals that live in the sea: Bart the Shark by Paul Shipton. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Small Bun Band 04/Blue

The Small Bun Band 04/Blue

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

A hungry man and his wife baked a small bun. But as soon as they put it on their plate, the bun jumped up and ran off. This lively version of the traditional story of the gingerbread man is by Martin Waddell. * Blue / Band 4 - A * Text type - Fiction * The focus phoneme in this book is al (small). * Use the storymap on the final spread to discuss the route the small bun took and the characters he met.. * Martin Waddell also wrote Red 2b The Mouse and the Monster; Yellow 3 Horse Up a Tree * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Rock Out Band 03/Yellow

Rock Out Band 03/Yellow

Author: Janice Vale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

In this musical non-fiction book, a group of children make instruments out of junk and bring them together to play a tune. * Yellow / Band 3 - A non-fiction recount * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are i-e, u-e, ea, igh and ow (slow). * Use the final spread to discuss the different home-made instruments used by the children in the book. * Janice Vale also wrote Blue 4 How to Grow a Beanstalk. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Feelings Band 02b/Red B

Feelings Band 02b/Red B

Author: Monica Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

This gentle non-fiction book examines a range of feelings through the characters of a little boy and his dog. * Red / Band 2B - A simple non-fiction recount * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are ou (out), ee, ie (lie) and or. Other phonemes practised are ar, er, ou, th (this), ng, w, oo (look), and y (happy). * The final spread offers children the opportunity to recap and discuss the boy's feelings. * This story is paired with a non-fiction title that shares the same theme: Red 2B We are Not Fond of Rat! by Emma Chicester Clark. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bart the Shark Band 03/Yellow

Bart the Shark Band 03/Yellow

Author: Paul Shipton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Bart the Shark is big and bad. Bart the Shark is feeling mad! Find out what happens to the little fish when Bart the Shark comes to visit, in this very funny rhyming story. The book is brightly illustrated with 3D cartoons by Jon Stuart. Also available in Kindle format (B07G3FFJ48). * Yellow / Band 3 - A humorous and rhyming story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are a-e, ea (sea), i-e and y. * Use the labelled character profile on the final spread to discuss Bart the Shark. * Paul Shipton also wrote Red 2A Ant and Snail; Yellow 3 The Sun and the Moon. * This title is paired with the non-fiction recount about real monster-like animals: Real Monsters by Nic Bishop. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Goat's Coat Band 02b/Red B

Goat's Coat Band 02b/Red B

Author: Laura Hambleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Goat loves her red coat and Fox loves his spotty socks - but he wants Goat's coat too, and sets out to steal it from her. Will Goat and Fox ever be able to find a compromise to keep them both happy? This fun story is written and illustrated by Laura Hambleton. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting. * Children can recap the main points of the story in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Have a developing awareness of their own needs, views and feelings, and be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Singing Beetle Band 03/Yellow

The Singing Beetle Band 03/Yellow

Author: Linda Strachan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Poppy the beetle sings all day, but her singing isn't very popular with the rest of the beetles and they refuse to play with her. When she bumps into Harry the mouse and Jake the snake, though, she finds her singing can be useful after all. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Have a developing awareness of their own needs, views and feelings, and be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Horse up a Tree Band 03/Yellow

Horse up a Tree Band 03/Yellow

Author: Martin Waddell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

When Horse went up a tree one day, he didn't think about how to get down again - and now he's stuck. The sheep, the ducks, the hens and Farmer come to help him in this comical tale by Martin Waddell. * Yellow / Band 3 - A humorous story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are ay, ow (show), a-e and o-e. * You can use the table in the Farmer's handbook on the final spread to discuss how the animals and the farmer solve Horse's problem. * Martin Waddell also wrote Red 2B The Mouse and the Monster; Blue 4 The Small Bun. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Run, Jump, Hop Band 02a/Red a

Run, Jump, Hop Band 02a/Red a

Author: John Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

This photographic non-fiction book examines how animals and people move. * Red / Band 2A - A simple non-fiction book * Text type - Non-fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are j, a and d. Other phonemes practised are s, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, o, r, g, u, l, h, f, b and ai. * The final spread gives the children the opportunity to recap and discuss the text. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

RAT'S WISHING HAT Band 02b/Red B

RAT'S WISHING HAT Band 02b/Red B

Author: Laura Hambleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Rat has a magic wishing hat and let's his friends have a wish, but it all goes terribly wrong when they all want a second wish. This fun, decodable story is beautifully written and illustrated by Laura Hambleton. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Zog and Zebra Band 03/Yellow

Zog and Zebra Band 03/Yellow

Author: Elspeth Graham, Mal Peet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Zog is an alien and Zebra lives on Earth, but what happens when these two become friends and encounter a dangerous creature? This fun, decodable story is written by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham and fantastically illustrated by Sarah Horne. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Text type: A fantasy story * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

SIT IN IT Band 01a/Pink a

SIT IN IT Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Gill Budgell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

What do you do when you go to the park? Follow Tim, Dad and Tim's toy dog, Sid, around the park in this beautiful book written by Gill Budgell and illustrated by Ley Honor Roberts using her photo collage technique. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * Text type: A simple non-fiction text * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: PSHE

The Hat Maker and the Chimps Band 04/Blue

The Hat Maker and the Chimps Band 04/Blue

Author: Adam Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The Hat Maker sets off on his weekly visit to market, armed with an overflowing cart of hats to sell - but when he stops for a nap in the woods a group of chimps take the opportunity to steal his hats. Will the Hat Maker learn a valuable lesson, or will the chimps always be one step ahead? This story, set in Tanzania, was written by Adam Guillain. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A humorous story. * Children can trace the Hat Maker's route from his shop, through the woods and to the market on pages 14-15, providing plenty of discussion opportunities. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Sip It, Dip It, Tap It Band 01a/Pink a

Sip It, Dip It, Tap It Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Monica Hughes, Steve Lumb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Find out about different foods and the different ways that they are eaten in this photographic non-fiction book. * Pink/1A - A simple non-fiction book * Text type: Non-fiction. * Focus phonemes: s, a, t, i, p, n, m, d. * Pictures of all the different foods on pages 14-15 helps children to recap and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities.

THIS IS ME AND THIS IS PIP Band 02b/Red B

THIS IS ME AND THIS IS PIP Band 02b/Red B

Author: Sally Symes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Pip and the narrator play together in the garden, in the park and by the seaside in this fun poem that is full of action and has a strong outdoors theme. This fantastic decodable, rhyming poem is great to read with children and is beautifully written and illustrated by Sally Symes. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A poem * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: Science; PSHE * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Chick to Hen Band 02a/Red a

Chick to Hen Band 02a/Red a

Author: Elspeth Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Follow the life of a chicken - from its early days as a chick hatching in its nest, to laying eggs of its own, in this photographic information book by Elspeth Graham. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: An information book * Children can recap the stages of a chicken's life in the flow chart on pages 14-15. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the World * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

PAT THE RAT Band 02a/Red a

PAT THE RAT Band 02a/Red a

Author: Honor Head Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Stan and Pam are dinosaurs who are overjoyed when they are given a pet rat called Pat. However, when Pat goes missing, Stan and Pam look everywhere and end up enlisting the help of some friends to find her. This fun story is written by Honor Head and illustrated by Julian Mosedale. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; P.S.H.E. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Get Fit Band 02a/Red a

Get Fit Band 02a/Red a

Author: Gina Nuttall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

It's fun to get fit! Find out different ways professional sports people keep fit, and how easy it is for us to do the same, in this highly photographic non-fiction recount. This is a Red A/Band 2A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development for early readers. A simple non-fiction recount, children can recap and discuss the different ways they can get fit on pages 14-15. This book would link well with the physical development: move with control and coordination curriculum topic. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. Get Fit is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827) and Got It! (9780007421930).

Cat and Dog in a Mess Band 02a/Red a

Cat and Dog in a Mess Band 02a/Red a

Author: Shoo Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

When Cat and Dog play in the park, Dog gets into a mess. Cat tries to tidy him up, but ends up getting even messier! This funny story features the lively characters Cat and Dog and is written by Shoo Rayner, author of Red 2B Bot on the Moon. This is a Red A/Band 2A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme and is a simple story of fiction with a familiar setting for early readers. Character profiles on the final spread help children compare and contrast Cat and Dog. The focus phonemes in this book are e, s and c (ck). Other phonemes practised are a, t, i, n ,c, o, r, m, d, g, u, l, h ,f and b. Cat and Dog in a Mess is paired with the simple non-fiction recount about cats, Red 2A Pet Cat, Big Cat. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. More stories about Cat and Dog can be found in Collins Big Cat guided reading series. Cat and Dog in a Mess is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), The Magic Egg (9780007329182), Best Bird (9780007412853), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930).

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