Ready to Read" is a series of twelve reading books designed to develop the confidence of young children between the ages of 5 and 7. Using familiar and new tales, the fun texts complement the child's more formal learning. The National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 in reading, writing and speaking guides the text and is behind the range of activities that are at the end of each book. Many of the stories are told in rhyme, and others have rhythmic, rhyming sections. In most books, certain phrases are repeated to encourage the less confident reader. The text is positioned on pale colours to help dyslexic readers. The newly commissioned child-friendly illustrations complement the text, reinforcing the humour found in it. At the end of each book a range of activities encourages the child to think about what they have read, retell it in their own words, and talk about it.