New Rocket Phonics books for 2023

This summer, we’re expanding our Reading Planet Rocket Phonics strand with new Target Practice Readers. Here’s everything you need to know about the books:

What’s coming:

  • There are 48 titles which means Rocket Phonics now includes 228 books!

  • Every book is fully-decodable and aligned to the progression of Letters and Sounds.

  • The books cover Pink A to Orange bands for reading ages 4-6

  • Everything has been series edited by Rocket Phonics author, consultant and expert Abigail Steel. Speaking of Abigail… On Wednesday 10th May she will be leading a FREE webinar on the new books.  Book your spot here.

How to use them:

  • Each book covers a small group of sounds so they’re ideal for focused reading practice in the classroom.

  • If you already use the Rocket Phonics programme (excellent work!), the new books will slot in nicely alongside your existing Target Practice Readers allowing at least one book to become decodable each week. 

  • If you’re using a different SSP programme (it’s OK, we understand!) then you can still use the books. As they are aligned to Letters and Sounds, you can easily slot them in alongside your phonics reading books. Learn more about what’s covered here.

What’s inside:

  • You've told us that you'd like us to continue to put our young readers at the heart of the books with characters, stories and topics that they can connect with. So, we’re celebrating diversity with new titles such as A Home for Rose, our first Reading Planet story set within the Traveller’s community and the 12-D Crew which follows a young hip-hop crew as they raise funds for their local deaf community. 

  • Fiction and non-fiction explore cross-curricular topics. Some of our favourites include The River Bear, a story set in Canada about a group of young environmentalists working to protect their river and its wildlife. There’s also We are Foxes, an information guide packed with stunning photographs of foxes in different habitats.

Click the book covers below to view sample extracts.


How to get them for your school:

There are two book packs available for pre-order:

Target Practice Reader Pack 3 (Pink A to Blue) 24 books £89 Order online here

Target Practice Reader Pack 4 (Blue to Orange) 24 books £106 Order online here

If you’d like to build a bespoke package of the books, your local Consultant will be happy to help. Make an enquiry here and they’ll be in touch very soon.

And finally, each book will be available as an interactive eBook with audio and quizzes with a Rocket Phonics Online subscription. If your school already subscribes, you’ll get access to the 48 new eBooks at no extra cost. If you’re not currently a subscriber, you can take out a trial which we thoroughly recommend as you can check out the whole Rocket Phonics programme for FREE for 30 days. Register for your trial here (please note that the new books will be available as eBooks later this year). 

Useful links:

Guide to the new Target Practice Readers

Overview of the Rocket Phonics SSP programme resources

Overview of Reading Planet for Reception and Key Stage 1

Rocket Phonics Facebook Group

Make an enquiry with your local consultant



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