Develop early literacy skills with Handprints storybooks. The storybooks give children practice reading connected text. The program teaches decoding while providing opportunities to apply this phonetic knowledge, along with meaning and language cues, in reading whole texts. The approach reflects the latest research on phonemic awareness, phonics, and beginning reading. In books A and B, students develop visual skills by looking closely at objects, symbols,and letters; increase phonemic awareness through rhyming,initial sound, and final sound activiteis; learn to form uppercase and lowercase letters through prewriting and writing activites; learn key words for initial sounds; and gain exposure to high frequency words and reading for meaning through sight word exercises and pullout storybooks. The 50 storybooks are divided into 5 sets, grouped according to different stages of developing literacy; within each set, the books progress in diffuculty. Thus, all emerging readers can be challenged at their own level rather than be bored with texts that are too easy or frustrated with texts that are to hard. Students feel a sense of accomplishment even at the early stage. This set included 10 early readers. Sentence structure, word choice, and pictures provide a variety of cues that encourage strategic reading. Print size, sentence positioning, and word spacing are adapted to the level of the storybook. Attractive black- and -white illustrations accompany the 16-page stextw,and five-,six-and seven-year- olds will enjoy the story lines. High-frequency words build a strong sight vocabulary and provide a firm basis for developing decoding skills.