Bob Books are simple, short, small books for the beginning reader. They make helping your child learn to read simple for you and rewarding for your child.
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Bob Books for the Beginning Reader
Bob Books is a true first reader series, designed to make helping your child learn to read simple and straightforward.
The clean layout, short words, and simple phonics make learning to read a fun and natural step for a child that knows the alphabet.
Bob Books beginning reader book sets start slowly and progress from books with three letter words, to books with more than one sentence per page.
At a glance….
Grade Level: preschool thru early elementary
Use as: first reader books
Parent instruction: high
Prep time: low
Cost: Sets can be purchased for approximately $8-$30 depending on how many books and if there are extra resources in the set.
My Experience using Bob Books in our Homeschool
Introducing a child to the written word can be a daunting task. One of the questions I get the most from moms with preschoolers is “how do you teach a child to read?” I always recommend the Bob Book Sets.
Bob Book Sets contain twelve small paperback books with about five pages. Each page slowly builds up on the number of words on each page. Each word is based on only a few letters and one or two short vowel sounds in the first set.
This process allows the child to process the phonics behind the letters and then easily form the sounds into words. The consistency and repetition are the key elements to making this an effective and successful first reader book set.
Words are slowly added in to each sentence and that word is consistent with the sounds previously taught, so your child can sound out new words with ease.
Bob Books are definitely a confidence builder. While the books are not colorful and only have advanced stick drawings as illustrations, the child is completely engaged. I find the black and white pages with stick figures actually quite nice, as it focuses the child more on the words.
My Bob Books are going around for the third time with my third child. My four year old loves these books and wants to show off her new reading skills to everyone. She is so proud that she can now read two books on her own. This no doubt will encourage a love for reading throughout her life.
Free Homeschool Resources and Purchasing Options
You can find FREE Printables to go along with the different sets of Bob Books over on their website. Things like coloring pages, printable games, fill in the blank and more!
You can find even more FREE Printables for sets 1-5 here at This Reading Mama.
Originally posted November 2009, written by Richele, classical and Charlotte Mason inspired, homeschooling mom, to four reflections of God’s love.