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Advanced Reading Instruction

ARI Books

Junior Book Club

For School Year 1 Upwards
(5 years +)

  • 125 stories instil rigorous foundational skills via lively narratives

  • Gradual introduction of Advanced Alphabetic Code in tandem with increasingly sophisticated syntax

  • Over 400 questions complement the text, ensuring  that everything taught has actually been understood

  • Offers the sustained, varied practice needed for even the more challenged pupils to develop into thriving readers of ‘real books’

  • Initial Assessments indicate where each student should start

  • All grapheme-phoneme correspondences included in the UK Phonics Screening Check have been introduced by the end of ARI Level 2

Where to Start

See Resources for downloadable Initial Assessments to ascertain where each pupil should begin as well as Mastery Assessments, complete with graph, to provide concrete proof of progress.

Suitability of ARI Books

The table below gives an indication of the type of reader each ARI Level is suitable for.

Piper Books Suitability Table for ARI Advanced Reading Instruction Books
Teaching helping children in a classroom

Reading Support for School Years 1 & 2
(6-7 years)

Without the support of appropriately structured reading practice, over 20% of children fail to reach their potential. The BRI-ARI programme (Beginning Reading Instruction-Advanced Reading Instruction) prevents this costly failure and enables children to keep up with their peers.

Many KS1 children – from mid Year 1 and Year 2 onwards – urgently need works that combine the clear, gradual introduction of the English Alphabetic Code with copious amounts of practice within vivid fictional worlds.


The three ARI Levels provide struggling readers with unparalleled instructional support underpinned by CLT (Cognitive Load Theory).

Samples of Books

To see sample text, go to the Buy ARI Books page and click ‘Shop Now’ button to go to the Amazon page, which provides a ‘Read sample’ option for a preview of each book.


"This is such a well-refined system.
My son, now 7, started with BRI-ARI at age four and half and has read through all but the last ARI set. He didn't actually have any trouble mastering the code; syntax and vocabulary was more his problem. As soon as the language moved away from the familiar he would become frustrated and say, 'I don’t know what that means'. He liked the ARI books because there were no surprises with regard to decoding,
 so it meant he could concentrate on understanding what he was reading and reading with 'expression' when he had to read to his teacher at school. He can read with expression quite well now, but I let him take his time with this and it seems to have paid off."


Specialist Literacy Teacher and Synthetic Phonics Trainer

"These are a unique series of books which teach systematic phonics & decoding and blending in the context of reading stories."

Literacy Intervention Tutor

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