Sunshine Classics

Back by popular demand

Make literacy a priority with Sunshine Classics. This integrated/ELA reading program offers fiction and nonfiction leveled readers for grades K–2 that balance text, pictures and design.

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These popular leveled readers – balanced between fiction and nonfiction – focus on text, pictures and design to support beginning readers. The titles emphasize that reading is a meaning-making process.

These books are …
  • Leveled with text treatments according to F&P guidelines so that teachers can match titles to learners
  • Not phonetically controlled texts, but rather natural-language texts for effective storytelling and exposition
  • Carefully designed so that all elements – including the introduction and repetition of high-frequency words, illustration, and text matching, sentence construction and line breaks – make learning to read successful for all children

Each level of Sunshine Classics features a Skills Chart that covers that level’s key topics, themes, vocabulary and grammar. View the Skills Charts below to explore the Sunshine Classics program in-depth.

The Authors

Many of the Sunshine Classics titles were written by globally-recognized author Joy Cowley. Cowley has received numerous accolades for her reading books for children.

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Other notable authors in the Sunshine Classics program include Margaret Mahy, Jill Eggleton, Diana Noonan, Helen Dupree, Jane Buxton, Julie Ellis, Steve Pattrick and more.


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The Sunshine Classics guided reading program is available for purchase by the level – containing 6 copies of each title for an individual level – and in leveled libraries, which include 6 copies of each title for every program level within a grade K–2. Independent reading grade level libraries, which include 100 supplemental titles per grade level, are also available.

Sample Sunshine Classics titles