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Learn To Read With Bob Books For Beginning Readers

Updated on October 5, 2009

Starting With The First BOB Books Set

My 4 year old daughter had already learned the basics needed to start reading. She could recognize the alphabet and knew the majority of the sounds of the letters. Trying to my preschooler reading was another story until BOB Books.

I tried what I thought were easy readers, but even the Dr. Seuss and other books for her age was not working. Her daycare teacher recommenced trying BOB Books for beginning readers. Within the first week she was able to read the first book, and was able to learn to read the second book the following week.

The first set of 12 books in the BOB Books beginner readers set are made specifically for children her age to learn to start reading. They come together as a set of multiple books, each one working on different word sounds and building upon the previous books in the set.

BOB Books By Bobby Lynn Maslen+

The BOB Books were created by teacher Bobby Lynn Maslen. She worked with children 3 to 5 and found that the books current available for early readers were not interesting enough to grab hold the attention of her students. 

Thus, BOB Books were born. Simple enjoyable pictures with just a few words on each page keep young beginning readers attention without adding additional distraction to an already tough experience.

Is My Child Ready For BOB Books?

Your youngster is probably ready for learning to read BoB Books if they can:

  • Recognize all the letters of the alphabet by picture
  • Identify the sounds of at least most the letters in the alphabet.
  • Spell their own name
  • Write out many of the alphabet letters

5 Steps To Reading Success.

There are 5 collections of BOB books. For young children who already know how to read, but need a little extra help and encouragement, choosing a more advanced set is a promising choice. Or, start from the beginning and let your child work their way up.

Many home schools use BOB books as a reading teaching age, but they are not meant exclusively for homeschooling children. As a parent, you can join in on the learning being provided during the day at school and help your child build their reading skills and gain confidence in their reading ability.


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      Janis Goad 7 years ago

      Good choice to recommend these book to parents who want to help their child develop early literacy skills at home. I have had really good results with these books, too.

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      Lynn Kertell 7 years ago

      The Bob Books are little books - 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", and perfectly sized for small hands. There are 12 in a box, about 12 pages per book.

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      Erin Giblin 8 years ago

      What are the dimentions of these books? are they the big or little ones?