Bob books are perfect for emergent readers and it gives them immense confidence as it tackles one reading sound/concept at a time. The satisfaction when the little reader has finished reading a full book is absolutely worth the money paid.
I highly, highly recommend using Bob Books for little readers, so I wanted to write a very clear explanation for all of you, so you don’t make the same mistakes I did when ordering these online.
Sets Vs Collections: What’s the difference?
Bob Book SETS are mini books and include one set of Bob Books which teach a particular reading concept.
Bob Book COLLECTIONS are a collection of TWO of the mini sets in one big box, and are much bigger in size, and has stickers etc.,.
IMPORTANT : Titles in the set are the same ones in the collection. Here’s a full listing in progressive reading order.
1. My First Bob Books Alphabet
2. My First Bob Books Pre-Reading Skills
3. Set 1 Beginning Readers
4. Set 2 Advancing Beginners
5. Sight Words Kindergarten
6. First Stories
7. Rhyming Words
8. Set 3 Word Families
9. Sight Words First Grade
10. Set 4 Complex Words
11. Set 5 Long Vowels
If you’re buying as collections here’s the order:
• My First Pre-Reader Collection: 1+2
• Collection 1: 3+4
• Sight Words Collection: 5+9
• Collection 6: 6+7
• Collection 2: 4+8
• Collection 3: 10+11
If you ask me, the pre-reader collection can be entirely skipped. We personally didn’t find this culturally relevant for a Indian child under 4 to grasp. So, collection 1 is where we begun. With few words per page and plenty of repetitive vocabulary, these little books give new readers a sense of success and reinforce the idea that reading is fun. I remember the first time Zoe read a book all by himself – That sense of pride and victory was just unimaginable. This milestone is a pretty important one in our life and that’s why we cherish it so much, and have a soft corner for Bob books.
Where to buy? Most bookstores have it. One of our sets is from @bookberries on instagram.
You can always find deals on bargain book hunt.
Do you use these? Comment and let me know.
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