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Blog posts for: Julia Donaldson's Songbirds

Read with Oxford: Stage 1: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Bob Bug and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 1: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Bob Bug and Other Stories

Discover what life would be like being small with Bob Bug, find out if Top Cat becomes king of the garden, and learn how to make some tasty buns!

This Stage 1 story collection includes 12 fun stories by Julia Donaldson to build your child’s phonics skills at home: Top Cat, Sam’s Pot, Bob Bug, Dig, Dig, Dig!, Zak and the Vet, Mum Bug’s Bag, Cat Naps, Pen Fun, The Big Cod, The Pins and the Pegs, Is it?, Mix, Mix, Mix.

Approximate age: 3–4 years

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Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Ron Rabbit’s Egg and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Ron Rabbit’s Egg and Other Stories

With a focus on building phonics skills, this Read with Oxford Stage 2 story collection, created by former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, is ideal for children who are developing early reading skills.

It includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations: The Ox and the Yak, The Doll in the Bin, Animal Quiz, The Seven Kids, Ron Rabbit’s Egg, The Big Match, The Shopping List.

Approximate age: 4–5 years.

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Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Singing Dad and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Singing Dad and Other Stories

With a focus on building phonics skills, this Read with Oxford Stage 2 story collection, created by former Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, is ideal for children who are developing early reading skills.

It includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations: The Odd Pet, Miss, Miss!, This and That, Fish and Chips, Singing Dad, Doctor Duck, Mr Zed.

Approximate age: 4–5 years

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Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 2: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: The Trunk and The Skunk and Other Stories

Read about the Trunk and the Skunk, find out why Gran is so cross, and discover how Ron Rabbit makes a rocket!

Ideal for children who are developing early reading skills, with a focus on building phonics skills, this Read with Oxford Stage 2 collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations: Gran is Cross, The Trunk and the Skunk, The Scrap Rocket, Ron Rabbit’s Big Day, The Wishing Elf, Bob Bug and Insect Club, Where is the Snail? .

Approximate age: 4–5 years.

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Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Spike Says and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Spike Says and Other Stories

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

With a focus on building phonics skills, this Read with Oxford Stage 3 collection is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. Includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations: Stop Chatting, Bill, Queen Anneena’s Feast, Spike Says, The Wrong Kind of Knight, Moan, Moan, Moan!, The Snake and the Drake, Tadpoles.

Approximate age: 5–6 years

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Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Tim’s Bad Mood and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 3: 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 Read with Oxford Stage 3 collection is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. Includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations: The Red Man and the Green Man, Pirates, Tails, Pen-Pals, My Cat, Tim’s Bad Mood, Sue Kangaroo.

Approximate age: 5–6 years

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Read with Oxford: Stage 3: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Usman’s Books and Other Stories

Read with Oxford: Stage 3: 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 Read with Oxford Stage 3 collection is ideal for children who are growing in reading confidence. Includes five fun stories with colourful illustrations: The Cinderella Play, Usman’s Books, The Upside-down Browns, Leroy, No Milk Today.

Approximate age: 5–6 years

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