Who are we?

Find out about us here: About The Reading Mountain®

What does the term 'Struggling Reader' mean?

A reluctant reader may be able to read and spell but avoids reading because they are disengaged. They may feel anxiety and overwhelmed about their ability to spell, write and read in front of others and or have poor comprehension.  Struggling readers have trouble with understanding the phonemeic code in language even though they may have a rich oral vocabulary. Their ability to manipulate the sounds in spoken and written words as they write or read is challenging. Struggling readers need a reading program where the phonemic code is taught sequentially, starting with simple decodable words. This is evidence-based approach is known as synthetic phonics. Struggling readers usually enjoy listening to a text that is read to them by someone else, especially if the topic is of interest. Audio books work very well as another means of developing vocabulary, comprehension and to engage struggling readers with rich literature. 

What about schools?

Our books are used as part of explicit phonics reading instruction or, to support home reading programs up to the age of 7. Special deals with bulk purchases and author visits are available. Schools should contact The Reading Mountain® via our Schools Corner.

Looking for useful resources when mentoring graduate/teachers? Visit the Five from Five Reading Project.   

Video:  What is Phonemic Awareness and why is it so important?

How should our books be used?

The Reading Mountain’s titles have been written to be part of a teacher’s toolkit to support reading and spelling programs. They. Our supportive titles are not a sequential program but are proving very useful when investigating spelling patterns and rules in early years classrooms namely in (short CVC and VC decodable words). While our books support struggling readers (with dyslexia, ASD or other learning differences) they are suitable for all developing readers up to 7 years of age. The soothing colour palettes support children who have sensory issues.

Schools have our titles in their home reading collections. One way of preparing a child for a successful reading experience at home, is to make sure that the first time our books are read is ensure that the child has progressed through 7 stages of the Little Learners Love Literacy Program. Our titles are about practising what has been taught at school.  In doing so phonemic codes are being scaffolded and phonological awareness is continuing to be developed.

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

What are decodable books and how do they help to teach Phonemic Awareness?

A decodable book is simpler to read, using learnt phonetic code. When a reader sees the words ‘rat’, ‘dad’, ‘mum’, ‘cat’, and ‘as’ in a decodable book, each sound is represented by one letter. Simple codes are applied at this level. Our books have many decodable and semi-decodable words and are aimed at developing readers who are learning that two letters can also make one sound. For example, ‘that’ is made up of three sounds; ‘th/a/t’.

Our books are targeted to students who have mastered the sequential titles in the ‘Little Learners Love Literacy’ program but who still stop to ‘sound out’ unknown words.

Our books allow kids to practise decoding and reinforce phonemic awareness

Why chapter books?

Children like to belong at school and with their peers. Nobody wants to be ‘different’ and chapter books are ‘cool’ and with illustrations and captions, they are easier to understand. The chapters are a way of sequencing main ideas and events in the stories. Chapters are featured in a contents page and are directly linked to the page where the chapter starts. Our eBooks enable children to interact with the different chapters and refer back to illustrations, chapter headings and events in the stories to assist their comprehension. The Reading Mountain® will soon include an interactive audio option for children who require more support. Bilingual audiobooks (Chinese) are currently being developed. Stay tuned!

Why graphic novels?

Children need support when learning to read direct speech. Phrasing is a skill. When characters are ‘seen’ to be speaking to each other (in speech bubbles) or thinking (in thinking clouds) meaning is supported and the child is more likely to predict the tone of the dialogue and read with expression and fluency. Audiences like it when a book is read aloud with expression and special effects! Make sure you acknowledge the efforts your child makes if you see them using ‘special character voices.’ It is a sign that your child is having a positive reading experience.

See our blog: ‘Developing a Growth Mind Set’ for more information on the effects of different types of praise on willingness to learn- (very interesting stuff!)

Why use Dyslexie font?

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Dyslexie is a special typeface that is used in many ‘dyslexic-friendly’ books and school books around the World. Whilst Arial font is considered to be just as effective and helpful for Dyslexic readers, The Reading Mountain® uses Dyslexie font because it is attractive and well-spaced. In addition to thoughtful layout of text, images and spacing; Dyslexie is used in all of our books.

Dutch graphic designer Christian Boer, designed the Dyslexie typeface to help combat his own Dyslexia. Like a few Dyslexic readers, he found that some letters appeared to move and flip as he was reading. This confused his reading of letters which look similar when rotated, such as d,b,p, and q. By redesigning the letters to appear weighted down with a thicker base, he found that it reduced the perception of the letters moving around. In addition to this, he implemented thicker and bolder capital letters to help separate sentences more clearly, and increased and evened out the spacing between letters and words.

Christian Boer presented his work at a TEDX Talk.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVaeGOflF7w

Here is a news article on the topic:  https://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/31480740/new-font-a-breakthrough-for-dyslexics/

For more information visit Dyslexie’s website: https://www.dyslexiefont.com/

Why does 'q' look the same in lower and upper case?

Some Dyslexic readers may transpose and rotate letters and, in doing so, become confused when reading. Using a ‘capital Q’ for both upper and lower q/Q’s, helps to distinguish between the letters p, q, d and b.

Why focus on certain sounds?

Readers of English learn that vowels make different sounds. Knowing this helps them to test if a long or short vowel sound works in a word. Our books focus on long and short sounds for vowels. The child is asked to consider the sound before reading a book, so they are ready to use the sound when reading. We focus on digraphs (the combination of two letters that make one sound e.g. ‘wh’ as in ‘wh/e/n’) because kids find digraph sounds tricky. 

What’s the difference between the eBook and a hardcopy?

The Reading Mountain® eBooks and printed books differ in a variety of ways:

  • Our printed books are formatted a little differently to our eBooks, with each page formatted across two pages. Hence there are more pages in a printed book in comparison to the eBook version.
  • Printed books cost more than the easily downloadable eBooks.
  • Our eBooks contain live links, where the reader can interact between chapters and the contents page.
  • The last page of every eBook contains links directly to our website where other books can be previewed.
  • EBooks can be instantly downloaded upon purchase while printed books are dispatched from our Melbourne warehouse.
How are the books purchased?

Visit our Bookstore to purchase our books in a wide range of formats.

For eBook purchases, you will be able to complete your entire transaction within our online store, and a downloadable link will be forwarded to your email. We cater for Android, Apple iPad and Mac or PC devices.

For printed copies, you can purchase your chosen books directly through our online store and add them to your cart. When you are ready to purchase, you can proceed to checkout to safely complete your purchase and select appropriate shipping options. (Free postage in Australia!)

How do I order printed books?

To purchase printed books, visit our bookstore on The Reading Mountain’s website. Click on the book that you would like to purchase and the desired size and format. Once you are ready, add the book to your shopping cart and click view cart or the cart icon in the top right of the screen. From there you can complete your transaction, designating a delivery address and postage preference. Contact us for free gift-wrapping (small orders.)

Which devices lend themselves to your eBooks?
  • Apple iBook (for desktop Mac)
  • iPad (Apple iBooks on iOS)
  • Android and Microsoft devices (Play Books App or ePub 3.0 compatible eReaders on Android)
How are the eBooks downloaded?

The eBooks can be previewed in our bookstore. You can then purchase your chosen eBook directly from our online store and a download link will be emailed to you immediately. You can then open the email on your chosen device and download directly to that device. If your are downloading to an iPhone, iPad, or Android Tablet/phone with Google Play Books, then either iBooks or Play Books should detect the ePub and begin uploading it automatically. Should you have any issues at all, please contact us at read@thereadingmountain.org.

What happens if my book doesn’t arrive?

Please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

What are 'Up for a Challenge' books?

Our soon-to-be released ‘Up for a Challenge’ eBooks are aimed at readers who are already comfortable with digraphs (two letters representing one sound; ‘sh/th/ou/ea/ie/oo’ or ‘ch’ as in the word ‘ch/o/p’) and are being exposed to trigraphs (three letters representing one sound; ‘sch/ore/ear’ or ‘igh’ as in the word ‘l/igh/t’).

The idea is for children to succeed after challenging themselves. It’s about independence.

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