Word families are recognizable chunks of letters that appear with regularity in words. When beginning readers recognize these word families, it increases their reading fluency and comprehension skills, which will make them happier readers. Fun audio books, with music, are available separately for each story. Your children can read the e-books and listen to the audio books at the same time to increase their independence. Mark D. Pencil and Friends are popular children's musicians. Their cds, "Learning With Hip Hop" and "Get Up", are available on all digital distributors.