The Reading Mountain® is passionate about engaging children with supportive phonic books as the first step to believing that they can decode and therefore, be successful readers.

Our Story

With over 30 years of literacy teaching experience Susan Spelic (Reading Advocate and author)  founded The Reading Mountain. Susan saw a need for children to access very simple chapter books featuring decodable words and writes to ‘hook’ kids into reading.

“All kids want to be the boss of their reading. We are thrilled that we have little readers waiting for the next title releases!” – Susan Spelic

The Books
  • Decodable chapter books (develop reading and comprehension skills)
  • Graphic novel and narrative structures to engage and support kids
  • Empower children and boost their reading confidence (reluctant readers can sometimes feel isolated or ‘behind’ their friends)

More supportive features…

  • Simple to read
  • CVC (Consonant Vowel Consonant) and VC words
  • Decodable vocabulary
  • Dyslexic and reluctant reader-friendly (well-spaced fonts, muted colour palettes and clean layouts)
  • Detailed artwork and speech bubbles
  • Characters and narratives suitable for children aged 4-7
  • Easily downloadable interactive eBook format (ePub 3.0) (compatible with Apple, Android, PC, Mac devices and iBooks / Google Play Books)
  • Australian made (written, illustrated, designed and printed in Australia)
How to use the books?

Father helping son to readThe Reading Mountain® books can be used as part of a nightly reading ‘cuddle time’ or as part of a school’s reading program. While the books are ‘Dyslexic friendly,’ they are suitable for all readers up to 7 years of age and are stimulating graphic novels.

Here are a few hints about supporting your child when reading at home: Supporting your Child’s Home Reading.

What makes our books Dyslexic and reluctant reader-friendly?

The Reading Mountain® books are dyslexic and reluctant reader-friendly.

How?

  • Muted colour palettes and engaging images
  • Large well-spaced font (Dyslexie) and graphic novel structure
  • Carefully designed to help grow a child’s reading confidence
  • Thoughtful layout of text, images and spacing

Visit our FAQs page to find out more about Dyslexie.

What is Dyslexia? >

 

FREE:

IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

Check out their webpage to find out more about the IDA and to download their free handbook.

Click here for a free Dyslexia Handbook from the International Dyslexia Association

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Sarah

‘My 5 and 7 year children LOVE the books. Our older son particularly loved ‘Tim and his Sisters’. Even after a short time, he was really confident reading the books, a lot more so than many of the readers he is currently reading at school. I really noticed the difference.’

Mother of three, Melbourne, Australia

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Mother of three, Melbourne, Australia

‘My 5 and 7 year children LOVE the books. Our older son particularly loved ‘Tim and his Sisters’. Even after a short time, he was really confident reading the books, a lot more so than many of the readers he is currently reading at school. I really noticed the difference.’

Karen Merry

‘Susan Spelic can engage reluctant readers with her well crafted range of books. As I photographed Susan in front of a group of reluctant readers in a school I could see that they were engaged in a really special way. As an ex teacher myself I remember the seeing kids tune out as they found reading a challenge. Susan's range of books have little hooks as well as great stories to keep them engaged while learning about language. If you have a reluctant reader I highly recommend The Reading Mountain range.'

Photographer at Merry Images, Melbourne, Australia

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Photographer at Merry Images, Melbourne, Australia

‘Susan Spelic can engage reluctant readers with her well crafted range of books. As I photographed Susan in front of a group of reluctant readers in a school I could see that they were engaged in a really special way. As an ex teacher myself I remember the seeing kids tune out as they found reading a challenge. Susan's range of books have little hooks as well as great stories to keep them engaged while learning about language. If you have a reluctant reader I highly recommend The Reading Mountain range.'

Shelley Jack

‘Our once reluctant reader, is now more eager than ever , to read books and continue practicing her sounds. 'The Reading Mountain' have a fantastic range of children's books, designed to capture the imagination of every young reader! The books are bright, happy and easy to read and understand. Sophie is now starting to read the books word by word, as well as practice her writing skills. Very proud and happy mum!'

Mother of four, Melbourne, Australia

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Mother of four, Melbourne, Australia

‘Our once reluctant reader, is now more eager than ever , to read books and continue practicing her sounds. 'The Reading Mountain' have a fantastic range of children's books, designed to capture the imagination of every young reader! The books are bright, happy and easy to read and understand. Sophie is now starting to read the books word by word, as well as practice her writing skills. Very proud and happy mum!'

Nikki Benjamin

‘The books arrived today!! Thanks so much!!! [Livi is] absolutely fascinated! She is loving them. As soon as she finishes one she grabs another for my mum to read. I think mum has read them each about 4 times already. I think they are fabulous. Love the concept. And the focus on vowels. My mum is heavily dyslexic and I am a bit so it is so important to me that Livi has all the access to books that help her with her sounds. She loved the counting in Clever Meg… She is so engaged.'

Arbonne Independent Consultant and Mother of two, Melbourne, Australia

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2017-11-23T02:58:41+00:00

Arbonne Independent Consultant and Mother of two, Melbourne, Australia

‘The books arrived today!! Thanks so much!!! [Livi is] absolutely fascinated! She is loving them. As soon as she finishes one she grabs another for my mum to read. I think mum has read them each about 4 times already. I think they are fabulous. Love the concept. And the focus on vowels. My mum is heavily dyslexic and I am a bit so it is so important to me that Livi has all the access to books that help her with her sounds. She loved the counting in Clever Meg… She is so engaged.'

‎Silveanne Beaton‎

‘So today we read two of your delightful books to a new group of children. 66 [children] engaged and totally immersed in the story. I just love them. ❤️ Thanks again Susan!'

Teacher and Mother of four, Melbourne, Australia

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2017-11-23T02:39:55+00:00

Teacher and Mother of four, Melbourne, Australia

‘So today we read two of your delightful books to a new group of children. 66 [children] engaged and totally immersed in the story. I just love them. ❤️ Thanks again Susan!'

Kirsty Kent

‘My 6yr old is loving that he can read a chapter book and i know my 4yr old will love these too.. I'm excited for the release of the ‘up for a challenge' range '


Mother of two, New South Wales, Australia

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2017-11-23T02:24:47+00:00

Mother of two, New South Wales, Australia

‘My 6yr old is loving that he can read a chapter book and i know my 4yr old will love these too.. I'm excited for the release of the ‘up for a challenge' range '

Leigh Machler

‘I have been reading all of your stories to my boys 6 year old Eli and 1 year old Jonah. Jonah has been babbling the whole time we read and Eli loves it as Tim and Tommy are 6 like him. He also loves that Tim is the middle brother like he is. He doesn’t call ‘Tim and his sisters’ by its title.. He calls it ‘My life’ 😂😂 We are really enjoying practicing Eli’s reading and sitting together to read on the afternoons. Thank you for your great stories!!

Mother of three, Melbourne Australia

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2017-11-23T01:50:09+00:00

Mother of three, Melbourne Australia

‘I have been reading all of your stories to my boys 6 year old Eli and 1 year old Jonah. Jonah has been babbling the whole time we read and Eli loves it as Tim and Tommy are 6 like him. He also loves that Tim is the middle brother like he is. He doesn’t call ‘Tim and his sisters’ by its title.. He calls it ‘My life’ 😂😂 We are really enjoying practicing Eli’s reading and sitting together to read on the afternoons. Thank you for your great stories!!’

Claudia Robinson

‘The children were easily able to relate to the concepts explored in the book because they were supported by the illustrations. This enabled the students to problem solve successfully and improve their confidence’

Reading Intervention Teacher, Melbourne, Australia

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2017-11-23T04:54:28+00:00

Reading Intervention Teacher, Melbourne, Australia

‘The children were easily able to relate to the concepts explored in the book because they were supported by the illustrations. This enabled the students to problem solve successfully and improve their confidence’

Tony Ciavarella

‘The Reading Mountain's books are a welcome inclusion in our bookshelf. Our son is just beginning his foray into reading. The simple language and focus on phonetics and sound themes in the books allows us to reinforce pronunciations and consolidate how letters form words. Whilst we have been reading other stories to him for some time, the Reading Mountain publications provide engaging story lines in language that suits our son's progression from being read to, to being the reader. The illustrations work well with the text, encouraging the reader to take note of the words they are reading, their meaning in the context of the story, and in associating that with what is happening in the pictures.'

Father of two

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2017-12-04T01:35:00+00:00

Father of two

‘The Reading Mountain's books are a welcome inclusion in our bookshelf. Our son is just beginning his foray into reading. The simple language and focus on phonetics and sound themes in the books allows us to reinforce pronunciations and consolidate how letters form words. Whilst we have been reading other stories to him for some time, the Reading Mountain publications provide engaging story lines in language that suits our son's progression from being read to, to being the reader. The illustrations work well with the text, encouraging the reader to take note of the words they are reading, their meaning in the context of the story, and in associating that with what is happening in the pictures.'
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