Review: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds Phonics Books

As we enter Lockdown 3.0, the return to the dreaded homeschooling has begun.

The 2nd lockdown passed with relative ease as the schools were open for business and the kids loved being back in the classroom with their friends, so when it was announced schools were closing again, the initial excitement at having no school, was soon replaced with worries about not seeing their friends.

This time around, the schools have had time to prepare and the kids have three lots of live lessons with their teacher every day, interspersed with activities at home.

One thing the kids have been encouraged to do is to read everyday.

Back in the lockdown in March, I was invited to review Books2Door and we were really impressed by their affordable book delivery service.

Prior to the kids return to school, we were invited to review one a book set from their bestsellers list and we chose Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds Collection for Lilah.

Lilah Book

The set contains 36 books packed together neatly in a wallet with phonics stories and reading advice to help parents and teachers guide children aged 0-5.

Julia Donaldson

The exciting titles are carefully levelled to help readers gain reading confidence step by step, helping to ease children’s minds and help them develop their reading skills comfortably through playful rhythm and rhyming tales.


Children can start by listening to the stories and then gradually start reading themselves to level up their reading skills to prepare them for classes in school, especially as children move on from class to class, year to year.

Lilah Books2door

This collection can also serve as a fantastic additional resource for home learning and can truly help kids prepare themselves for new challenges and tests in school. We have tasked Sebby reading some of the older books to Lilah as he is less confident with reading compared with maths.

Each story is bite sized, and promotes a positive attitude towards learning how to read and we are really impressed with the set, which will grow with Lilah and be used for years to come.

Lilah Bob Bug

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds Phonics Read with Oxford Collection Set (Stage 1 – 4) has an RRP of £143.64 but is available from Books2Door for an incredible £32.99

Disclaimer: We were sent this book set to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own

6 thoughts on “Review: Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds Phonics Books”

  1. These sound great – I wish our school used these instead of the endless Biff, Chip & Kipper stories. I’m not even sure what stage my son is at now with reading.

  2. We are big Julia Donaldson fans here and I was actually looking at these this week with homeschooling for Harry who is in reception. I am glad I opted for something else as they are a little young for him I think. But Books 2 Doors did very well out of us since I also needed to buy for Charlie as well! Teaching from home is getting more and more expensive.


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