I have just received a new set of Letter Buddies Best Friends books by Hameray Publishing. These are PERFECT for my first graders! Each book focuses on a different blend and places words, that start with that blend, within the context of a sentence. Repetitive sentence stems and important sight words are used throughout each story to encourage and develop early literacy skills. Each book also has a list of activities on the last page, which are perfect extension activities when leaving the guided reading table or for use in centers.