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An award-winning New Zealand literacy programme carefully crafted and levelled to ensure reading success


Red Rocket Readers offer a carefully controlled sequence of challenges throughout the levels to ensure your students progress with confidence and enthusiasm.


Child focused

Red Rocket Readers are carefully designed to support children through the use of controlled natural language and appropriately sized, well-spaced and easy-to-read type.

Teacher driven

Developed by Pam Holden, a New Zealand literacy specialist, Reading Recovery teacher and author, Red Rocket Readers have authentic teaching experience built-in to every feature.


Strong characters, humour and definable plots combine graduated word-recognition and language development with wonderful stories that children will really enjoy!




Sample pages from A Week With My Aunt: Early Level 4





 Sample pages from Garden to Plate: Advanced Fluency 3 

Ensure the success of reading strategies

Red Rocket Readers:

  • Enable students to read for enjoyment and information as they access meaning from fiction and non-fiction text
  • Feature meaningful concepts and experiences that children can relate to
  • Develop word recognition along with language development.
  • Focus on increasing knowledge of print conventions, phonological patterns and phonic knowledge in context






  • Designed for small group instruction, intervention and special education
  • Entertaining and engaging illustrated fiction and photographic non-fiction readers
  • Guided Reading Levels A-U
  • STEM/STEAM topics and themes
  • Officially levelled by Fountas & Pinnell
  • Lexile Levels BR40L-1280L




Meet the author


Series editor and author of the Red Rocket Readers programme, Pam Holden has more than 30 years specialist experience in literacy.

As a Reading Recovery teacher she has worked one-to-one with hundreds of children struggling with literacy. Pam’s students have also included those approaching English as a second language, and children who are advanced and require extension. This experience has given the author a rare insight into the literacy process and has enabled her to identify many key elements that consistently block children’s progress, and develop levelled texts specifically for Guided Reading, Reading Recovery and other interventions.





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