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Oxford Reading Tree

The home of Biff, Chip and Kipper

“I love Biff, Chip and Kipper so much I named my pet stick insects after them.” – Rhys, age 6

As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree is currently used in over 80% of primary schools and has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read ... and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree's well-loved characters, breadth (over 800 books!) and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.

At school, and at home

Schools across the world use Oxford Reading Tree books, including series such as Floppy's Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, Songbirds Phonics, inFact, and Story Sparks. A separate range of books, each containing supporting notes for parents, have been created to support learning at home – take a look at our home learning books page for more information.

What are book bands and Oxford Levels?

In the UK, book bands are used across different reading schemes to indicate the reading level of each book. Because the Oxford Reading Tree was first created before book bands were established in the UK, you will see our Oxford Levels alongside the newer book band colours on the back of each Oxford Reading Tree book.

Age 4–5
Year: Reception
Band: Lilac | Oxford Level: 1
Band: Pink | Oxford Level: 1+
Band: Red | Oxford Level: 2
Band: Yellow | Oxford Level: 3

Free eBooks for 4–5 year olds
(on the main Oxford Owl site)

Age 5–6
Year: 1
Band: Blue | Oxford Level: 4
Band: Green | Oxford Level: 5
Band: Orange | Oxford Level: 6

Free eBooks for 5–6 year olds
(on the main Oxford Owl site)

Age 6–7
Year: 2
Band: Turquoise | Oxford Level: 7
Band: Purple | Oxford Level: 8
Band: Gold | Oxford Level: 9
Band: White | Oxford Level: 10
Band: Lime | Oxford Level: 11

Free eBooks for 6–7 year olds
(on the main Oxford Owl site)

My Phonics Kit
Prepare for the Year 1 phonics check.

What are reading schemes and why are they important?

Visit our blog for an introduction to reading schemes, book bands and reading levels.

How do I help my child learn to read?

1. Look at our tips to support reading at home
2. Read the advice on our phonics made easy page
3. Browse and buy our home learning books to use at home
4. Get more advice on encouraging reading, along with book recommendations, on the main Oxford Owl website.

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