Celebrating National Book Month with our K-2 decodable books

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October is National Book Month! Our ALLMemphis decodable books are an excellent addition to your child’s library. Each book is Memphis-based, allowing your child to relate to the material while learning about their city. A child’s reading comprehension can greatly increase when they are able to connect their own lives to what they are reading. Keep reading to learn about each of our ALLMemphis decodable books.


During kindergarten, your reader is constructing the foundation for their literacy journey. They will learn how to correctly name each alphabet letter and its identifying sound; manipulate phonemes; and read words with short vowel sounds. For kindergarten readers, we offer our book, “Jazz Steps Up,” where Little J is faced with a big problem when she wants to create a craft club. She steps it up and makes a plan to solve it.

First grade

Distinguishing words with short and long vowels and reading and spelling two-syllable words are part of what your little reader will accomplish in first grade. Practice with “Tish and Tam Get Out the Vote.” In this story, twin sisters Tish and Tam are as different as night and day. Tish is excited to help register young college students to vote. However, Tam doesn’t understand the importance of voter registration and needs some convincing. Can Tish and their Dad help convince Tam that everyone should take part in getting out to vote?

Second grade

During second grade, your kiddo will learn how to read and write complex words with common prefixes and suffixes and identify irregularly spelled words. “Deuce the Second Grade Sleuth and the Case for Justice” is a great book for your reader to practice these advanced skills. Deuce loves to solve problems, but this case proves to be his hardest one yet. After serving at a local food bank, Deuce discovers that a community only has one corner store in the neighborhood where they can shop for fresh food. He and his best friend, Tammy, think a community garden could be one small way to fight for justice. Will they be able to pull off their plan?

With resources like our decodable books, ALLMemphis helps teachers and parents unlock student potential and help kiddos develop a love and respect for reading. ALLMemphis’ decodable books were developed in partnership with Ashley Foxx Davis and April Foxx of Kifani Press. Each book is available on our website or can be purchased locally at Novel Memphis, located in the Laurelwood Shopping Center.