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Read with Oxford Stage 3

Find books from Read with Oxford Stage 3, with tips to help your child with reading at home.

What is Read with Oxford Stage 3?

Growing reader – I am starting to read more words and longer sentences with less help

Read with Oxford Stage 3 is for children who are becoming more confident in their reading. They will be building on their earlier reading skills and will often use their knowledge of phonics automatically.

Approximate age: 5–6
School: Years 1 and 2 / P2 and P3
Equivalent to: Oxford Levels 4, 5 | Book Bands Blue, Green

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Is Stage 3 right for my child?

Children at Read with Oxford Stage 3 can usually:

  • Read (on sight) a larger number of common tricky words.
  • Understand that the same sound can be made by different letter patterns, such as the sound /ai/ in words like ‘rain’, ‘make’, ‘day’.
  • Use their phonics skills more automatically, often without having to sound out the words aloud.
  • Start to notice their own mistakes when reading and correct them.
  • Better understand what they are reading and make simple predictions about what comes next.
  • Talk confidently about a book they have read and express their own opinions.
  • Read a whole Stage 3 book in one sitting.

If you’re not sure which Stage is best for your child, try our simple test >

How can I help my child to read?

You’ll find lots of tips on helping your child learn to read in our Reading section, including:

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Stage 3 story collections

Biff, Chip and Kipper: The Dinosaur King and Other Stories

Join Tops and friends on a journey to meet the Dinosaur King, discover a planet made out of cake, and find out what Snoot really, really wants for his birthday!

Six captivating and engaging stories with clear phonics progression, ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Dolphin Rescue and Other Stories

Find out what happens when the children discover a dolphin on the beach, go on a snowy adventure with Floppy, and meet the Queen with Gran!

This collection contains two phonics books and two stories for wider reading that are ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. There are tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book for you and your child to enjoy together.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Egg Fried Rice and Other Stories

Have a Chinese meal with Wilma, discover a city made out of ice, and look for eagles in the mountains with Biff!

This collection contains two phonics books and two stories for wider reading that are ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. There are tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book for you and your child to enjoy together.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Hungry Floppy and Other Stories

Meet Uncle Max and his pet parrot, join the children as they visit a palace made of gold and find out what happens when Floppy gets hungry on holiday!

This collection contains two phonics books and two stories for wider reading that are ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. There are tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book for you and your child to enjoy together.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Palace Statues and Other Stories

Go racing with Nadim, watch the children defeat a jewellery thief, and find out what happens with Chip and Wilf meet a polar bear!

This collection contains two phonics books and two stories for wider reading that are ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. There are tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book for you and your child to enjoy together.

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Phonics: The Moon in the Pond and Other Tales

This story collection contains four traditional tales: ‘Stone Soup’, ‘Hans in Luck’, ‘The Moon in the Pond’, and ‘Lazy Jack’.

This beautifully-illustrated book with clear phonics progression is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Phonics: The Lazy Fox and Other Tales

This story collection contains four traditional tales: ‘The Lazy Fox’, ‘The Man, the Boy and the Donkey’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, and ‘The Magic Paintbrush’.

This beautifully-illustrated book with clear phonics progression is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Spike Says and Other Stories

Find out what Spike has to say, why Nasim is an unusual kind of knight, and what happens to the snake and the drake!

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Tim’s Bad Mood and Other Stories

Find out why Tim is in a bad mood, discover what makes a good pen-pal, and learn about different animal tails!

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Usman’s Books and Other Stories

Discover why Usman loves reading, read about the Cinderella play and find out why Mr and Mrs Brown are upside down!

With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes five fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Stage 3 non-fiction collections

Fantastic Nature

Find out about stinky flowers and giant trees, discover the amazing ways creatures use tricks to hide or find food, and sort fact from fiction in the animal quiz!

Explore the fantastic nature all around you in this fascinating collection of six non-fiction texts, ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence.

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Survival and Extinction

Discover incredible stories of survival and extinction, from the life of dinosaurs and other giant animals to how to stay safe in extreme weather and the most essential resources humans need for survival.

This fascinating collection of six non-fiction texts is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. It is packed full of incredible facts and includes full-colour photos and artwork.

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