Book Series that we love (Emerging Readers): Timmy & Tammy

One of the ways that I have been teaching J and Little E to read is through the use of books that are specially written for emerging readers.

These are little picture books that use a controlled, repeated vocabulary, with one or two sentences on each page printed in a large and clear text. These easy-to-read books are great for helping kids to match spoken words with print and for building up confidence in reading. Although there are plenty of beginners books on the market, I find it rather difficult to find really good books that use natural language and contain engaging subject matter.

However, when Armour Publishing introduced me to the homegrown Timmy and Tammy ‘Let Me Read’ series written by Ruth Wan-Lau, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the books were not only beautifully illustrated (by Eliz Ong) and well-written but also appealed very strongly to Little E. At the moment, we keep the books at the Aged P’s house and they are her current go-to books. She is always bringing them to the Aged Ps to get them to read along with her!

Part of the charm of the series lies in the fact that the stories are all set in Singapore and revolve around Timmy & Tammy’s adventures to popular local attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, Changi Airport and the Fire Station. Little E gets a real thrill out of pointing out familiar landmarks featured in the books and talking about cultural experiences mentioned in the books that are uniquely Singaporean.

Super cute illustrations by Eliz Ong

Super cute illustrations by Eliz Ong

I am not at all surprised to find out that the Timmy & Tammy series was selected to be part of the SG50 Jubilee Baby 2015 welcome package! That means Baby #3 is going to receive a set later this year! Woohoo!

A Special Something for Owls Well Readers: The kindly folk over at Armour Publishing are generously sponsoring a set of 5 Timmy & Tammy books to ONE lucky Owls Well Reader! Thank you, Armour Publishing!

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page

2. Be a fan of Timmy & Tammy Facebook Page

3. Leave a comment below telling me about a book or book series for emergent readers that you or your children have enjoyed. Don’t forget to leave your Facebook name and your email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you’re really shy, you can email your details to me separately at

3. (Optional) To double your chances of winning, share or reblog this giveaway on any form of social media that you fancy and leave a comment below with the link!

(This giveaway is open to people living in Singapore and ends on 24 March 2015. Winners will be picked via – just make sure you complete the 3 required steps!)

P.S. You can purchase Timmy & Tammy books at S$34.50 (for a set of 5 books) or S$6.90 each from Popular Bookstores, Amazon Website or from Armour Publishing’s Website.

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been emailed – thanks for playing! 

40 thoughts on “Book Series that we love (Emerging Readers): Timmy & Tammy

  1. My kid likes the I can read series of books.
    Colored pics attract him, while the simple sentences are simple enough for him to read.
    Thanks for the giveaway. He would love these books.

  2. My boy is a fan of marvel superheros and lego. So I purchased e scholastic lego superheros phonics reading set for him. With high interest, he read the books so many times that he can “read” by memory. The sunshine readers are a favourite too!

    Sharing the post on FB. 🙂

    Ding Zhen Xin

  3. Ooh love the local flavour in these Timmy and Tammy books! Sean enjoys reading Dora and Diego Early Reader books.


  4. we started with peter and jane series for my gal. my boy is not so keen though, looking for other series to intrigue him..

  5. We started with Eric Carle Books on:The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Clouds, Mixed Up Chameleon and Brown Bear & Friends Board Book. THE All-time classic picture books.

    Followed By Usborne “First Reading” series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. It is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

    FB: Sandra New

  6. Dr Seuss books – my girls love the funny stories & illustrations. They also enjoy reading the simple booklets I’ve created for them, with simple sentences focusing on the sight words I want them o learn. They read these over and over again especially when they appear as “characters” of the stories.

    Name: Pauline Tan
    FB Name: Tan Hui Li Pauline

    Liked & shared the giveaway on FB. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Hi, we will visit library once a week to borrow books. My girls do not have any preference on books as I always encourage them to read a variety. But it seems Dr Suess and National geographic seems to attract them more. Hope to win this set of books for them to read at home. Thanks!
    FB: ho huey fang

  8. My autistic child loves book in series.

    Joy Cowley series is one of her favourite. Guess for me I like those most of those that can relate to her help her assimilate better to the environment and teach her some values through illustrations are best. Her literacy skills are limited even after so many years but, it is wonderful to know there are new series to try for her because broadening and deepening her knowledge on perhaps a same topic helps too. Hope these books are available at nlb.

  9. Oooh these books look like a lot of fun!
    We’ve been reading quite a wide range of titles, but we do enjoy books by Oliver Jeffers quite a bit. The Incredible Book-Eating Boy is probably Noah’s fav book, while mine is Lost and Found.
    Facebook Name: Adeline Tan
    Email address: growingwiththetans @ gmail . com

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