Super Books

Paper Over Plastic: Even Steve Jobs Didn’t Allow Screen Time

When you look over our products, you might be thinking, “Where’s the app I can download?” or, “How do I make this book digital?” You can’t. But, there’s a good reason for that. For over 40 years we have built “Super Readers” with our SuperBooks. With this finely-paced phonics reading program, your child is developing a crucial skill that can be hindered with screen time. That’s why we’re keeping it old school: paper only.

We’re Keeping it Hands-on NOT Screen Time Friendly

Here’s the thing: a lot of screen time given to children under the age of 10 is detrimental to their health and learning abilities. When asked about how his children liked the new iPads, Steve Jobs exclaimed that he didn’t allow his kids to use them. There are parts of your brain, the cortex for example, that are a crucial part of the development that needs to be formed first before basically deteriorating with technology. When a child is physically touching a SuperBook and coloring and interacting, they’re using various senses that allow them to absorb and better comprehend the material that they’re reading.

We’re Taking This from Studies

Dr. Dimitri Christakis, lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ most recent guideline for screen time, said, “…[children] playing with iPads is that they don’t transfer what they learn from the iPad to the real world…” on an interview with Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes. In other words: if a child is playing with a building blocks app on an iPad when you give them physical blocks they’re starting all over again with those skills. It’s not transferable from the iPad. He added, “Toddlers need laps more than apps.”

We’re keeping our books and education off the screen. We understand the importance of educating the youth and making sure that they are able to read and comprehend so that they can excel in life. It will be gratifying to you, the parent, to build these crucial skills in your children. And that’s why we do it.

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Essential Reading Foundation: Starting Kids off with Phonics

As a parent, you want your child to succeed.. When it comes to their advancement in school, reading is a big part of the equation. And, with many studies performed across the world, it has been proven that phonics is an essential reading foundation. In a new article this year, ABC News Australia reported that phonics is the key foundation for young children learning to read.

Phonics and comprehension go hand in hand

In this silly reading debate, many have argued a “whole language” approach when it comes to reading. But, phonics is the essential reading foundation that children need. They need to be able to sound out words and letters. Having an understanding of the sounds leads to the next step: comprehension.  A study by a team of Australian and UK academics found that the combination of the two works best.


Starting with phonics

If we were building a house, phonics would be the foundation on which the house is built. Without it, the house is flawed and faulty, leading to more problems years down the road. With our Superbooks, your child is able to learn these sounds and become a great reader. First, is phonics. Then, we are able to build into comprehension.
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The Benefits of Bilingual Students Using Phonics

SuperBooks is successful because research in phonics has been prevalent throughout the years. Students being homeschooled or taught in a traditional classroom can benefit from our books. Most importantly, they go beyond the traditional English speaker as well. SuperBooks also benefits bilingual students using phonics to help break down and understand words. For any beginner or struggling student, these are essential tools.

Bilingual Students Using Phonics: A Successful Reader

As we’ve stated before, SuperBooks are colorful and easy to teach. Therefore, with phonics-based vocabulary, bilingual students can easily grasp words. Reading proficiency increases with the use of pictures, colors and a breakdown of the words with phonics. Students learn at a steady pace with our expertly-written books. If your bilingual student is already fluent in their native language, these books and methods will be even easier for them to use. Don’t worry if that is not the case. Our books provide a way for students to succeed with practice and easy vocabulary to build upon.

Though our materials are geared towards readers up to the third grade, it is important to note that these are perfect for bilingual students who are learning to read English at any level.


Phonics Reading Programs Most Effective for New Readers, Studies Show

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For years, an intense debate has brewed over which method is best in teaching children to read. Sounding out words with phonics or learning word meanings by the whole. However, some scientific studies have taken a stance on one side of the issue. According to these studies, phonics reading programs are indeed more effective for new readers.

Phonics Reading Programs

The proof is in the pudding – or rather, the brain scans.

By analyzing brain scans, researchers were able to see that comprehension and accuracy increased greatly in the subjects that were exposed to phonics reading programs. On the other hand, subjects that were exposed to whole-word reading programs performed less well.

Moving towards a more consistent learning experience.

In certain countries, phonics reading programs are not only the most common – they are mandatory. However, in the United States, there is not the case. In fact, there is a choice whether children should be taught with phonics, another reading program, or a combination of the two. However, with research piling up in support of building phonics readers, it’s no wonder that most teaching styles are beginning to lean that way.

At Superbooks, we offer comprehensive and sequential phonics reading programs for children of all ages. We’ve been creating super readers for over 40 years. So we like to think that phonics is a wonderful choice for teaching children to read.

Back to School: Prepare Students with Phonics

Even with the most meticulous summer routines, it’s inevitable that reading patterns can shift during the summer. As August grows closer and we prepare for the coming back-to-school time, setting your children or students up for growing success is important. This is especially crucial in young learners who are in the beginning or middle of the journey of learning how to read. With the time left in summer, here are a few tips on how to get back on track with phonics.


Re-establish reading patterns

During the school year, students will be spending a good amount of time every day learning to read. This occurs both at school and at home. As such, it’s important to re-establish reading patterns and begin having your children set aside 30 minutes to an hour every day to read.

Review school material from last year

In preparation for the first day of school, it’s always a good idea to get back into the swing of things by reviewing the material from the previous school year. For phonics and reading, this means looking at where the students left off in their reading journey and practicing every day.

Get ahead

Especially with reading, getting ahead by purchasing and practicing phonics programs is a lovely way to prepare for the upcoming school year. Most phonics programs will provide lessons and books by age and reading level. This allows for your children to look ahead to what’s next in their reading journey and start early.

The Superbooks phonics program for both teachers and homeschoolers is a wonderful option for preparing students to return to school. Find out more here.

Keep Your Child Reading During Summer Vacation

Learning and growing in a new skill – like a musical instrument, a hobby, or a sport – takes time and daily dedication. If one were to take a three-month hiatus from learning, their advancement would take a serious hit. Reading is no different. This is especially crucial for young minds who are just learning to read and comprehend the material. For this reason, it’s imperative to keep your child reading during summer vacation. Here are a few tips to make that happen.

Stick to a schedule of reading 30 minutes a day.

By having this consistency, children will develop a habit of integrating reading into their daily routine. To further encourage this task, perhaps make it a family reading time – everybody will benefit!

Associate reading material with family outings.

If you take a trip to a zoo, choose a book to read that explores animals and animal habitats. This correlation will help the material resonate with your young reader and help expand their context.

Offer rewards and incentives for reading.

The word “bribe” might not be the best to use, but hey – if the shoe fits. Sometimes creating this positive feedback loop of reading + incentive can be super beneficial for a child. If they love going swimming, perhaps encourage them to get their 30 minutes of reading done first before they can go.

It’s not the easiest thing to keep your child reading during summer vacation – but if you do, the academic and holistic benefits will show. At Superbooks, we have a wide selection of reading material available to help young readers during the summer months. Explore our catalog here.Keep Your Child Reading During Summer Vacation

Homeschooling With a Career

A common misconception of homeschooling is that the decision to take control of your child’s education must come with career sacrifice. While home childcare and education is a full-time job for some parents, that certainly doesn’t have to be the case for all. In fact, some parents are still able to work a full 40 hours per week.

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a full-time job.

This may seem impossible, considering public education generally comprises a full-time schedule as well. Actually, though, the core learning and instructive parts of public education take up less of a child’s day than you might think. With lunch, breaks, games, and transition times, children do not spend the entire day learning when they are at school. This means that, for homeschooling, a steady 20 hours per week of one-on-one attention could suffice.

With teaching aides like our phonics reading program, parents can maximize the use of their homeschool hours while working a career at the same time.

Homeschooling bundle

Homeschooling bundle

Learning to Read with Rhymes

Have you ever rhymed a line from time to time? For decades, children’s books have been known to tell stories using rhymes as a way to make learning to read, easy and efficient. There are many important aspects that need to be taken into consideration when children learn how to read. Alongside using context and picture clues, books that rhyme is a basic component of reading that all parents/teachers should use.
When rhyming, kids can sound out words such as man, can, fan. This strategy in word patterns contains phonics elements, which is a great way for early readers to succeed.  Phonics refers to a system of teaching reading that teaches the correspondence between letters and groups of letters and their pronunciation.
The SuperBooks program is a unique, integrated reading program that incorporates phonics, spelling, and comprehension. SuperBooks phonics-based program builds phonetic awareness in children and teaches phonics in the most fun way possible, through stories! Our programs contain colorful 8 & 16-page stories paced for success. Check out the exciting and rhyming books from our kits that include 40 titles!



Children want to feel successful as they learn to read. This is why SuperBooks is 8 pages long, and are colorful and fun to read. SuperBooks are simple, educational and best of all, fun!

Why the SuperBooks Program Is Useful For Home Schoolers

If you homeschool your kids, you want the best chance for them to excel in all areas of academic achievement. One thing that is essential in learning any subject is the ability to read. Teaching kids phonics is one surefire way to get them on the path to success for reading.

Our original “little books” program is the perfect place to start for any child who is homeschooled. It provides a complete curriculum and is phonics based. The Story Packs contain the same books as those we send to schools that order our program. There are a total of 80 colorful, fun, and appropriately leveled books in 2 sets. You’ll receive:

  • 2 Story Packs and teacher’s manuals to go along with them
  • Take home stories
  • Sequencing charts

If you are using the Super Books kits for homeschooling, you have all of the tools and guidelines available to teachers in conventional classrooms right at your fingertips. Each Super Book comes with three lesson plans including:

  • Independent reading
  • Comprehension
  • Guided reading and skills development
  • Fold-over color activity books

The homeschool bundle has everything that you’ll need to teach students phonics on either an individual or small group basis. Super books is aimed to help kids read whether they are attending traditional school or are being homeschooled, it’s nice to know that these educational benefits are widely available to students everywhere.

Additional Strategies To Help Your Child Learn To Read

When you start programs to help kids learn to read, there’s more than one strategy that must be employed. Certain things can be done at home to significantly increase the chances of a child developing the skill set needed for reading. Below, you’ll find some tips that will help your child learn to read.

Read Aloud

Reading with your kids is the first step to get children interested and engaged in reading. As you read a book with them, run your finger along beneath the words. This action helps your child to associate words they see on a page with sounds. The child will see how the print creates a story.

Use Pictures

Every children’s book is equipped with pictures. These help your child’s imagination develop. The children can also see how a story develops through illustration. You can ask your child to name what they see in the pictures to better associate words and pictures.

Use Repetitive Phrases To Help Children Learn

You can ask your child to join in whenever easily recognizable words and phrases become repetitive in the story. This idea is one of the core principles behind Super Books. Children build confidence in recognition and develop skills in reading. Practice makes perfect, and a child building trust in one’s skills is a major step in helping them to read. Help them to learn sounds and word association through repetition. Whether you’re a parent or an educator, Super Books can be a great tool in helping children get a head start in building their reading skills.