Review – Scholastic Ready to Read

I can still remember laying eyes on my first hologram as a child – and, many decades later, they’re still so much fun. I’m loving the covers of this new Ready to Read (pre-level 1 through 3) series from Scholastic, written by Sarah Creese and designed by Karen Morrison.

The full front cover is hologramed, with some pretty full-on imagery (that shark is freaking me out! but isn’t that what kids love?) and yes – it features that lovely scratchy texture that scrits and scratches like a DJ on a pop rock high.

Designed for kids to read alone and introducing longer sentences and fact boxes, the books run to thirty pages and feature large text and fabulous full page photos, labeling, phonics and plenty of ‘Did You Know’s.

A quiz and dictionary at the end of each book are ideal for extension, as are references to key words. Excellent for schools, homeschooling and parents who want to extend their younger children with interesting facts.

Given the topics covered and the sophisticated information contained within, these books would be ideal for older boys who are struggling to read.

The Ready to Read series is published by Scholastic.

Ready to Read Level 1
Slithering Snakes

Extreme Animals
Mighty Machines

Ready to Read Level 2
Dangerous Dinos


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Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.