Target struggling and reluctant readers with Reading Planet Astro

Astro is a high interest/low reading level strand for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Series edited by children's author Tony Bradman, the 48 dual-banded books and eBooks will improve reading skills and get children hooked on books. The first 24 books are highly decodable so they are ideal for phonics practice and revision.

Astro resources

Target your struggling and reluctant readers age 7-11 with exciting dual-banded reading books.

  • 48 fiction and non-fiction books covering Stars/Turquoise to Supernova/Earth bands

  • The first 24 books are highly decodable to support phonics revision 

  • Topics include computing, Black History, space and film

  • Packs from £84 - £348

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Every Astro book is available as an interactive eBook in Reading Planet Online Stars - Supernova. A 1-year subscription for £349+VAT includes:

  • Every Astro reading book as an interactive eBook with audio and self-marking quizzes

  • Downloadable Teacher’s Guides with guidance and pupil worksheets for every eBook

Your subscription also provides access to Reading Planet Cosmos in digital format so you'll get access to 144 eBooks plus useful teacher tools and the Reporting Tool. New books will be added to the subscription as they are published at no extra cost. 

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What to expect from Astro
Ensure lower attaining pupils improve fluency skills
Dual-banded books combine lower reading levels with age-related interest levels
Practise and reinforce phonics skills
24 of the books are highly decodable and feature letter-sounds lists inside
Get reluctant readers excited about reading
Colourful graphic novels, gripping adventure series, magazine-style non-fiction have been written by award-winning authors such as Tony Bradman and Bali Rai
Improve essential comprehension and vocabulary skills
In-book questions and online quizzes are linked to the content domains of the National Tests
Support your SEN and EAL pupils
Accessible features include dyslexia-friendly font and page background, synchronised eBook audio and in-book glossaries and tricky word lists
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FREE Reading Planet Astro teaching guidance

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Frequently Asked Questions

Astro has been designed for Key Stage Two pupils who are struggling with their reading but still want to read books which are interesting, exciting and age-appropriate.  Each book is levelled against two bands for example Stars/Turquoise and Mercury/Purple. The first band represents the child’s interest level/chronological age. The second represents their reading level (roughly one school year below the interest level).

Yes. In the first 24 Astro books (covering bands Stars/Turquoise, Mercury/Purple, Venus/Gold, Earth/White), pupils can revisit earlier phonic learning and master aspects of phonics that they may not have already acquired. These books follow the Letters and Sounds 2007 phonic progression framework that is also used in the Reading Planet Rocket Phonics programme. The books cover four Astro colour bands which use letter-sounds and where appropriate, common exception words from the relevant reading level and phonics phase. The focus graphemes and phonemes and tricky words are also listed on the inside of each book.


Whilst the first 24 books do cover letter-sounds and common exception words relevant to the reading level, the books also feature some words which are above the reading level and phonics phase. For example, topic related vocabulary is featured to widen vocabulary knowledge. Therefore, the books are highly decodable rather than fully.

Astro books have a range of features designed to help pupils with special educational needs. This includes the use of off-white paper in our black and white books to help reduce glare and contrast for dyslexic pupils. The books are highly visual with clear layouts, striking use of colour and accessible genres including a graphic novel series. Learn more on page 16 of our free Teacher’s Guide

Astro covers a range of interest and curriculum linked topics including climate change, space, Black History, the Ice Age, sports and computing.

24 Astro books are available now in eBook format as part of the 1-year subscription to Reading Planet Online for Key Stage 2. The next 24 eBooks will be available in Spring 2022.  Every eBook includes self-marking pupil quizzes and audio which is ideal for supporting reluctant and struggling readers. There are also downloadable teaching notes for each eBook. As part of the subscription, you can also access 96 Reading Planet fiction and non-fiction eBooks for Key Stage 2.

Astro has a range of book packs to suit different needs and budgets ranging from £84 to £385. View the packs here.

Astro eBooks and downloadable teaching notes will be available as part of the 1-year subscription to Reading Planet Online for Key Stage 2 at £299+VAT per year.

Reading Planet offers a clear and simple pricing across the whole scheme including Astro. Depending on how much you spend, you can save up to 50% on book packs. On orders over £4000, you get free 1-year access to one of our Reading Planet Online subscriptions. Learn more here

Yes! Our team of local Sales Consultants are based across the country and are happy to help with information, advice and orders. They are available to discuss options for your school by phone, email and video call. Make an enquiry here.

Meet the Series Editor

Meet the Series Editor

Tony Bradman has been involved in the world of children’s books as an award-winning writer, editor and reviewer for many years. He has written for all ages and in many different genres - poetry, picture books, fiction for beginner readers and reading schemes, non-fiction and reviewer for both the national and specialist press. In recent years Tony has also written a number of historical novels himself which have been very popular in schools. Tony has visited many schools during his long career, and has appeared at all the major literary festivals.

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