The Fitzroy Readers are a set of 80 story books that children read for themselves. The Readers take the young learner from simple sounding words like cat and mat (in the 1st story) through to words like appreciative and consciousness (in the final story) in 80 easy steps.
Children using the Fitzroy Readers typically reach a high standard of literacy by the time they enter early secondary schooling. Their literacy opens the door to other subjects. Learners make rapid progress with the Fitzroy Readers because of the logical progression of new sounds. There are no surprises in the Fitzroy Method. Each new sound (such as ar, er, all, or tion) is introduced with a particular story. The immediate reward of each Reader is that children can decipher more of the words they see in the world around them.
A few new special (non-phonic) words such as what and eye are also introduced with each story. The new sounds and special words are rehearsed before starting the story: then the child finds they can read the story for themselves. This gives the learner confidence, enthusiasm, and a sense of ownership of the written language.
Fitzroy readers are perfectly matched to help a wide range of readers to achieve success. As a teacher, I like the Fitzroy reading system because each book builds on words that a child already knows. Each reader does this by including a familiar word list, the blend focus and any special words a child may need to know by including a list
-Rebekah S., teacher 2016
Thanks to Fitzroy Readers and Workbooks, I have had years of happy teaching of literacy to EAL students. The logical and step-by-step phonics create confidence and mastery, while the stories are engaging and interesting. The illustrations are attractive, but no guessing is necessary, as the reading system promotes clarity in place of the
-Ruth, teacher 2016
We have been using Fitzroy Readers since 2011. We use them on a one to one basis and in small groups. The children love the sessions and become more confident as their skills improve. We use them throughout the school as part of our Literacy Support Program and find them a practical way to teach the skills the students don’t have and en
-Sharon T., teacher 2016
As a teacher of students with learning needs, I have used these readers with great success over many years. They are well printed and I love the way they just introduce a few sounds or words in each book and have great follow up resources with the Word Skills Books and computer activities. Students who need the repetition and revision do
-Jenny M., teacher 2016
Congratulations Fitzroy on reaching the big 40 years!!! I have been using the Fitzroy Reading Program for 12 years in a number of settings including; Juvenile Justice Education (10-18yr olds); Special/Remedial classrooms; and more recently a remote Indigenous (ESL) classroom. In each of these settings I have found the readers, student wor
-Liz, teacher 2016
I'm a Literacy and Assessment Coach at a secondary college and the Fitzroy Readers have been an invaluable resource in helping our most struggling readers. I was aware of the educational impact of phonics-based approaches, but the online materials I had used had been lacking and disengaging, but that all changed with Fitzroy Readers. Even
-Charlie W, school coach 2016
Thank you, Fitzroy Readers, for saving two of my boys from reading failure. Two of my sons were reading at two years below their peers, due to the method currently used in schools. I heard about FITZROY from a friend, and they're now both able to read at an acceptable level. My 10 year old has stopped misbehaving at school, as he now feel
-Janine, parent 2016
As a Learning and Support Teacher I have been using the Fitzroy readers as a resource for my small group interventions in primary school. Also I train up the School Learning Support Officers on how to use the readers, CD-roms and Word Skills books when they need materials to support struggling readers in classes. They are well written, sy
-Gillian, teacher 2016
We use the Fitzroy Readers as an excellent resource as clients progress through the treatment and begin to read for the first time or develop their reading accuracy and comprehension skills. They are well written and follow a logical progression for those developing their reading skills.
-Alison Lawson Centre, Victoria 2016
The Fitzroy Readers are one of the best graded readers out there. I use them for teaching students who are learning English as foreign language, and they work really well. I can recommend them to all English students. [Office note: the Fitzroy Readers are also printed in four countries other than Australia.]
-Dan, teacher 2016
We enrolled our third child in Bridge Education the year before he started primary school in Victoria. He had ADHD and was unmedicated. The Fitzroy readers were used exclusively at this school. The brilliant teacher taught our child, who struggled to sit still and concentrate, to read with the Fitzroy readers. He attended the school only
-Sarah, parent of child with ADHD 2016
My mother brought the Fitzroy Readers over 20 years ago when the school, my now 27-year-old niece was attending, told us at the end of grade 2, that she could not read. She was taught to read, so was her brother (5 years later) by their grandmother. They went into storage and have resurfaced to use for my son who was diagnosed with a seve
-Melanie, parent 2016
I was so glad to find these readers! I read the Teacher's Guide to understand the approach and it just makes so much sense! I used these readers to teach my eldest son to read. We started with the Alphabet Sounds CD and books that go with it, while he was at kindergarten. We then progressed through the readers during Prep and Grade 1. I a
-Elizabeth D, parent 2016
I have taught three children to read with the help of the first four stages of the Readers. I have not needed to use a phonics course because the readers are so well graded and the kids love to read the next book, and often read them on their own for extra practice.
-Natasha, parent 2016
When my children were struggling to learn to read using their school's standard readers, I purchased the Fitzroy Readers. Extraordinary results! I started from the first reader and they really understood how to read very quickly. They progressed much faster than we expected and then grew to love reading. There was no pressure which was im
-Fellicity, parent 2016
When my daughter was 5 years old I discovered the Fitzroy Readers in our local Library. By the end of her Preschool year she was reading. We worked through the whole program. Because of the readers she became a really good reader and a good speller. Last year in Grade 9 she got a high distinction in English. This I credit to the Fitzroy R
-Bev, parent 2016
I have readers 31-40 and they are brilliant for children with dyslexia. I tutor and every time I go to buy them from Gumtree, they have been snapped up as they are so excellent. A full set would be awesome for all the kids I work with. [Office note: you can always get FITZROY READERS materials on line]
-Fellicity, tutor 2016
I have been using the Fitzroy Readers with children who have been struggling with reading and children who have been learning to read for over 10 years now. I would recommend this reading program to everyone . I highly rate their maths program as well.
-Julie, remedial teacher 2016
As the home-schooling mother of a child with Down Syndrome, I found it extremely difficult to find readers that would allow my son to move at his own pace and that also had enough support material to keep him interested whilst he was working hard with his new words. Fitzroy Readers allowed us to be successful in the area of reading. It ha
-Catherine, home schooler 2016
As a family in our first year of home-schooling, I have heard wonderful things about Fitzroy Readers. We been borrowing them from our library but the selection there isn't a lot. My twins aged 6 are enjoying the books we've been able to get and their progress has been great. To engage in a full set with no time restrictions, taking as lon
-Kat H, home schooler 2016
I was very nervous as a homeschool Mum trying to teach my child to read. At age 8, he still wasn't reading anything yet. We started the Fitzroy Program and he has gone forward in leaps & bounds! Together with the accompanying Word Skills worksheets, he is now a confident reader & writer. I highly recommend this program, I can't praise it
-Freshie, home schooler 2016
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As a homeschooling parent, I cannot recommend the Fitzroy Method highly enough. My three children, aged 8, 7 and 5, love the books and their progress has been nothing short of amazing. My five-year-old started reading the books when she was four and her knowledge of the English language is incredible. My
-Claudia, home schooler 2016
I think this program is the best that I have come across for all types of Readers. I am a qualified teacher who homeschools her 4 children. I have two dyslexic readers and I find this phonics based program excellent and meets the needs of all my children. I would not hesitate to recommend this program.
-Rebecca, teacher 2016
I am a home school mum with a son age 9 and daughter age 7. We began home education at the beginning of this year because my son was having some difficulties with his school work. It was very hard to find a reading and spelling program that was easy to teach ,I tried one and found it very complicated. I found the Fitzroy Readers web site
-Sophie, home schooler 2016
I find the readers extremely useful. They are integrated into our school curriculum and done at all levels of primary school. I particularly like the fact that they are written on a ‘gradient approach’ (as far as new sounds and words are concerned).
-C.A., teacher, Athena School, NSW, Australia
A great resource. I enjoy using the program.
-J.M., Teacher, Brookvale Public School, NSW, Australia
I have been using your FITZROY READERS with my special children and they love them. I find them very good. Their simplicity is great!
-G.A., Support Teacher, St.Bernard's, Australia
I thought I would write to you, to let you know the books you sent me just before Christmas have been put to very good use.
A bright little boy (9yrs), reading at early grade 1, progressed 1 year in less than 1 week.
Another boy about to repeat grade 3 progressed from early grade 1 to early grade 3 in 3 ½ days. He told his grandmother
-Margaret Paterson, teacher, Yambuna, Australia
I have had great success using your books in my foreign language classes with young learners in Taiwan. The Fitzroy Readers are far and away the best of their kind. Thank you for providing a product of such high quality.
-James A., teacher, Taiwan
Your readers have been an enormous help in my Resource Teaching.
-E.M., Principal, NSW, St. Bede’s
Just a quick note to say that the students using the Fitzroy Program are experiencing such success at school and at home with their reading. We are also receiving wonderful feedback from parents regarding their children’s eagerness to read these books.
-S. C., teacher, Prescott Primary - Southern, Australia
I am pleased to recommend Fitzroy Readers to parents and teachers. The benefits of the Fitzroy Readers include the following:
1. Enjoyable stories which appeal to the reader
2. A systematic approach to teaching vocabulary and spelling
3. A finely graded introduction of new vocabulary and spelling
4. A complete program covering all the
-Professor Michael E. Hamel-Green, Victoria University, Melbourne
Our family has benefited greatly from the literacy programme represented by the Fitzroy Readers.
My son, who is otherwise an able learner, was not able to benefit from non-phonic modes of reading education. In a few months exposed to the readers and the method they represent, he was able to read well beyond his chronological age.
-Cathy Lowy, Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne
A Fat Cat is probably the first book that many of the students I work with can ever read.
I have, during my thirteen years association with this school [Fitzroy Community School], seen a one hundred percent success rate in literacy, a high degree of competence and a love of language and literature.
My own first child had a problem with literacy, even though he was attending a highly-regarded fee-paying school. I did not want
-J. H.,Vice Principal of Fitzroy Community School, Melbourne, Australia
The Fitzroy Programme is really great for my students and I would be lost if I did not have these readers and worksheets. Thanks so much.
-Jenny Starr, Tutor, Vic., Australia
The Fitzroy Readers are the most used and valuable resource at our speech pathology service.
-Monique Thompson, Lala Speech Pathology, Bairnsdale, Vic., Australia
I have found FITZROY READERS a very pleasant and helpful reading resource for my clients and for my own children too.
-S.M., tutor, NSW, Australia
I have been using your readers with success for the children who come to me after school for private tutoring. As these are children in difficulty, your Fitzroy Readers are very much appreciated by them.
Again thanks for your effort in producing the Readers, as I will continue to use them and to recommend them to Remedial Teachers.
-Mrs Helen Dempsey, Tutor, Topline Video Productions, Australia
I love your readers. In my private practice as tutor, your readers have brought virtually instant success in beginning reading to almost all of the failing students that have been referred to me. I shall never forget the time they unwittingly helped me to cause a worried mum to cry.
Her daughter spent over two years in one of our modern
-Chris Nugent, Tutor, Nugent Literacy Testing
Fitzroy Readers are the best system I know of. Even if you don’t know the system you will get results. It’s fantastic.
-Bryan Edwards, Tutor, Sydney, Australia
I am delighted with the results achieved from these readers. I was very concerned with the progress being made by my 6 year old granddaughter in reading skills. Her confidence and ability has increased enormously. She now wants to read to everybody. And she is happy to go to school!
-J.C., Grandparent, VIC
Thank you for MATHS BOOKS 16-20 which I received today. I am so happy with the programme. My son now loves maths and says "it is easy". He told me last week that school use to scare him because he didn't understand what the teachers wanted him to do, but now he says "It is fun"!
We started working with the Fitzroy Readers when my son was 7 (year 2) (he was at reading level 3). We worked our way through the Readers and, three months later, he was reading at Level 30 (whatever that means) but, he could read!
That is what lead us on to the Fitzroy Maths, which I am as equally as happy with.
Thank you, Fitzroy T
I just wanted to write to let you know how valuable the Fitzroy Readers program is at our school. We use it with students who are struggling with literacy, particularly reading, spelling and comprehension.
We have a number of students on the program at present, however I would love to tell you about 2 boys in particular. These two boys a
-Sue A., teacher, Victoria
Thank you Fitzroy Readers!
My son is six and was struggling with his reading. To him the spelling of some words didn't seem logical so he was always questioning them and would give up easily.
We have purchased the full set of Fitzroy Readers and the improvement is incredible. He is now enjoying reading, he loves getting to know the soun
-K. D., Canberra
Feedback from our teachers regarding the training program which has been implemented in our classrooms has been exceptionally positive and the results already are proving amazing!
-Sue, Heathmont East Primary School
I have a 7 ¾ year old girl now in her 3rd year of schooling. She began to have tutoring in the Lindamood-Bell system Sept. 93 which is a sound/phonic system. I purchased your books approximately 2 months ago and they have provided an excellent match to this program. She is making steady progress, now starting on your Level 1 books. The g
-Mrs R Faiers, Parent, Tamworth, Australia
I have ordered the Fitzroy Programs for my school recently. I have found them OUTSTANDING. Some years ago I taught my son to read, using them before he began school. Now my granddaughter has been put into the remedial reading group at her school. I have been using the old books I had for her and she has made more progress in 6 weeks with
-Ms Maitina Millard, Parent, Australia
Our beautiful grandson … was a bright and quick learner and loved us to read to him. He started school and was doing well at everything except reading – which we just couldn't understand.
Then one day the children's librarian mentioned Fitzroy Readers. I sent away for them and we started working on them immediately. All I can say is
-Merle K., Parent
I thought you may appreciate feedback from a home educator using your Readers and Worksheets as a first year literacy program. During my initial search for a good first year program, it took me some time to locate a Reader series that was a good blend of phonic teaching priciples as well as memorizing new words in a progressive way. Many
-Janet Achilleos, Parent, Australia
Thank you for presenting readers which deal so effectively with the base blocks of reading.
-Mrs M. Kennett, Parent, Australia
As a parent I find your books a wonderful resource.
-Dianne Hilton, Treasurer, Tambelin Independent School Inc., Australia
I have found the Fitzroy Program to be a most effective resource in helping my 9-year old daughter cope with dyslexia. She was tested by a psychologist both before and after reading your books and her comprehension was found to have improved markedly.
I plan to use the program with other dyslexic children. Thanks again.
-Suzanne, Parent, Australia
Praise for the Fitzroy Sounding Readers:
"I have put this new software straight to use. My student was delighted with the ability to hear his internal monologue read back to him, having never received auditory feedback from his reading before. It was a truly magic moment to see his enthusiasm. It made my day. The sounding out compone
-Kristin Anthian, Educational and Developmental Consultant, Supporting Diverse and Exceptional Learners