InitiaLit Readers

decodable readers for Foundation and Year 1

MultiLit has developed four series of 60 phonic readers for children who are just learning to read, including our newest addition, The Wattle Series – a simpler set of books for Levels 10-16. These delightful decodable readers are carefully sequenced to encourage children to use good reading strategies from the start.

The decodable InitiaLit Readers were developed to support InitiaLit – a whole-class literacy instruction program for Foundation to Year 2 children. They can also be used alongside MiniLit and MiniLit Sage, as well as other synthetic phonics programs.

InitiaLit Readers are available in printed versions or via a subscription to our MultiLit eLibrary, which contains all three series of InitiaLit Readers. Find out more about the MultiLit eLibrary here.

For each series, printed books are available in:

  • Full sets of 60 individual decodable Reader titles per set
  • Classroom set comprising six full sets (six copies of each of the 60 titles)
  • Individually

InitiaLit Readers Levels 1-9, Series 1

InitiaLit Readers (Levels 1-9), Series 1 are designed for children in the Foundation year of school, as well as students in Years 1 and 2 who require reading support. Levels 1-9 cover single letter-sound correspondence and digraphs sh, ch, th, wh, ee, oo and ay. This series was published in 2016.

  • Previewed target sounds and words, vocabulary and punctuation
  • Comprehension questions to check for understanding and to encourage discussion
  • Each level includes a shared reader for the teacher to model fluent and expressive reading
InitiaLit Readers Levels 1-9, Series 1 More to Explore student workbook contains fun activities for reading and writing practice, and to consolidate and extend children’s engagement with the readers. This resource can be used for homework or additional comprehension work.

InitiaLit Readers Levels 1-9, Series 2

InitiaLit Readers Levels 1-9, Series 2 is a parallel series following the same sound sequence as Series 1, and is of similar difficulty level for students in the Foundation year, as well as those in Year 1 and 2 who require reading support. Published in 2020, this series can be used interchangeably alongside the InitiaLit–Foundation program, as well as other synthetic phonics programs.

  • Opportunities for students to practise sounding out words and answer comprehension questions
  • Fiction and non-fiction texts available
  • Each level includes a shared reader for the teacher to model fluent and expressive reading

InitiaLit Readers Levels 10-16, Series 1

InitiaLit Readers Levels 10-16 are for Year 1 students, and children in Years 2 and 3 who require reading support. Levels 10-16 cover ai, ea, oa, ow, _y, igh, ue, ew, split digraph, ow, ou, au, aw, oy, oi, ear, eer, dge, and tch. Different text types, such as information texts, poems and plays, are introduced in this series.

  • Books contain previewed target sounds and words, vocabulary and punctuation
  • Different text types, such as information texts, poems and plays, are introduced in this series
  • Fiction and non-fiction texts included, as well as a shared reader in each level
The InitiaLit Readers Levels 10-16, Series 1 More to Explore student workbook contains comprehension activities to consolidate and extend children’s engagement with the readers. This optional resource can be used during independent and small-group work time, or as a homework resource.

InitiaLit Readers Levels 10-16, Series 2: The Wattle Series

Available in August 2021, the Wattle Series is a second, easier series of readers for Levels 10-16. With simpler storylines and comprehension questions, lower word counts, and new vocabulary, The Wattle Series is perfect for InitiaLit students who may be progressing more slowly in learning the advanced code, and for MiniLit Sage students. As is the case for all of our readers, these books can also be used alongside other synthetic phonics programs and for home reading.

The Wattle Series will be added to the MultiLit eLibrary upon publication.

MultiLit eLibrary

A subscription to the eLibrary provides access to the full collection of InitiaLit Readers online, including Series 1 and Series 2 of Levels 1-9 (for the Foundation year), and Series 1 of InitiaLit Readers Levels 10-16 (for Year 1). The eLibrary has been designed specifically for use for home reading, but can also be used within the school to supplement print copies of InitiaLit Readers.

  • Operates on a browser-based platform, so books can be read on desktop computers and mobile devices
  • Subscriptions are offered for the school year, and expire on 31 January the year following purchase

More to Explore

The InitiaLit Readers More to Explore student workbooks contain fun activities for reading and writing practice, and to consolidate and extend children’s engagement with the InitiaLit Readers (Levels 1-9). This resource can be used alongside the Readers for homework or for additional comprehension work. More to Explore workbooks are available for:

  • InitiaLit Readers Levels 1-9, Series 1
  • InitiaLit Readers Levels 10-16, Series 1