Decodable books now available to support young readers become fluent readers

Do you remember how you learned to read? For some kids, reading comes fairly naturally. But for many kids, learning to read is a frustrating experience fraught with tears and exasperation – for kids and parents both.

Pickerington Public Library is excited to introduce its newest resource to the caregivers of beginning and struggling readers in the Pickerington Local School District (PLSD). To support those readers when they’re not in school, decodable books used in classrooms are available for checkout from both Pickerington Library locations. With decodable books, children use their phonics knowledge to read instead of guessing, relying on pictures, or skipping words. As kids learn more of the alphabetic code, more books will become decodable, and they’ll move on to more and more complex letter-sound patterns.   

Library staff coordinated with PLSD administrators to learn about the types of materials and instruction used in classrooms to teach reading. Examples include decodable texts from companies such as Heggerty, Flyleaf Publishing, Fundations, Beanstalk Books, and Geodes.  

“Part of the library’s mission is fostering a love of reading,” said Dana Folkerts, Youth Services Manager. “We hope these resources help kids become more confident and excited about reading.” 

The library also has phonics-based readers, workbooks, and parent-teacher resources to support growing readers. These resources also support Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Find more titles through our digital resources like Libby and Hoopla; our Youth Services staff is happy to share lists with you!


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Decodable books now available to support young readers become fluent readers

The library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Our E-Branch is open 24/7 to read, watch, listen and learn.

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