Bob Books Beginning Readers

For decades, youngsters have learned to read using Bob Books, classic phonics-based beginning readers. Engaging stories using controlled vocabulary give kids reading confidence and success. Bob Books can be used with many phonics programs.

Sally the Circle and her friends introduce important skills that help prepare your child for reading. Your youngsters will never know that they're learning as they follow the adventures of Sally, Seth and Tanner - but you will. Pre-reading skills introduced in this 12 book set include:

  • Identifying basic shapes in preparation for letter recognition
  • Sorting, classifying and symbol identification to build important problem-solving skills
  • Recognizing simple patterns to create awareness of letter groups and sight words
  • Sequencing to strengthen the ability to predict how stories flow.

    The Parent Guide offers additional activities, games and tips designed to support new concepts and build a foundation for reading.12 books. 12 pages each.

  • Practice high-frequency words to build reading mastery with Bob Books: Sight Words! Consistent short vowels and simple stories ensure that each book is a gentle step into early reading. Students will learn 30 new sight words, with 3 introduced in each story.

    This kit includes:

  • 10 easy to read books
  • 30 two-sided flash cards

  • Practice the high-frequency words which so often appear in reading with Bob Books! Help build reading mastery as children learn to decode longer stories word-by-word. Consistent short vowels, simple stories, repetition, and context clues, ensure that each book is a gentle step into early reading. Students will learn 30 new sight words, with 3 introduced in each story.

    This kit includes:

    • 10 easy to read books, 12 pages each
    • 30 two-sided flash cards

    Bob Books is back with a brand-new box about rhyming words!

    Perfect for beginning readers, this boxed set includes ten mini-books and thirty puzzle flashcards which focus on rhyming words. Recognizing rhyming patterns helps students build their reading vocabularies. This new Bob Books box is perfect to use alongside Set 1: Beginners and the Sight Words.

    In typical Bob Books style, these mini-books have friendly illustrations and silly stories.

    In 12 playful books, familiar animal friends progressively introduce the 26 letters of the alphabet. Engaging, read-aloud stories inspire and motivate your child, while proven teaching principles inspire success. Your child will prepare for the magic of reading as My First Bob Books: Alphabet guides them through these stages:

  • Realizing that written language represents spoken language
  • Learning the names of the letters
  • Realizing that letters represent sounds
  • Learning which letters represent which sounds

    Hidden pictures challenge kids to find objects with featured sounds and the Parent Guide offers additional teaching tips and activities to support kids' growth and build confidence.

    12 books. 12 pages each.

  • Developed to guide your child gently through the earliest stages of reading, Bob Books were created to facilitate that ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her way down the path of reading. Each level addresses a stage in reading development; this carefully crafted, simple, and progressive approach to learning assures children success and confidence from their very earliest reading experience. New sounds are added gradually, while short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make Bob Books Set 1 a fun learn-to-read experience.

    Developed to guide your child gently through the earliest stages of reading, Bob Books were created to facilitate that ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her way down the path of reading. Each level addresses a stage in reading development; this carefully crafted, simple, and progressive approach to learning assures children success and confidence from their very earliest reading experience. Use of three-letter words and consistent vowel sounds in slightly longer stories build confidence in Bob Books Set 2. 12 books, 12 pages each.

    Developed to guide your child gently through the earliest stages of reading, Bob Books were created to facilitate that ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her way down the path of reading. Each level addresses a stage in reading development; this carefully crafted, simple, and progressive approach to learning assures children success and confidence from their very earliest reading experience. Bob Books Set 4 builds on Bob Books Sets 1 - 3 by including longer words, more sight words and longer stories. New words introduced in this series are easy to sound out and humorous illustration cues keep things lighthearted and fun. 12 books, 12 pages each.

    Developed to guide your child gently through the earliest stages of reading, Bob Books were created to facilitate that ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her way down the path of reading. Each level addresses a stage in reading development; this carefully crafted, simple, and progressive approach to learning assures children success and confidence from their very earliest reading experience. A natural progression from Bob Books Sets 1 and 2, in Set 3 kids encounter stories with longer endings; y, ed, and ing. Longer words with 4 or 5 letters can still be sounded out; repetition of sounds and words throughout the books really help children succeed as well. Sight words (listed in each book so you can point them out) become easier as children learn to anticipate words in the context of the story. Sentences are limited to one or two per page. 12 books, 12 pages each.

    Developed to guide your child gently through the earliest stages of reading, Bob Books were created to facilitate that ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her way down the path of reading. Each level addresses a stage in reading development; this carefully crafted, simple, and progressive approach to learning assures children success and confidence from their very earliest reading experience. Whereas the short vowels (a, e, i, o and u) are the original stars in Bob Books Sets 1 - 4, readers who have advanced all the way to Set 5 begin learning long vowels, the fascinating new stars of the alphabet.12 books, 12 pages each.

    Hardcover Editions

    Hardcover "Bind-Ups" collect the individual Bob Book volumes that comprise each topical/skills collections into sturdy hardcovers, approximately 170 page each.

    1. Bob Books - Phonics for Early  Readers Hardcover Bind-Up | Phonics, Ages 4 and up, Kindergarten (Stage 1: Starting to Read)
      Liza Charlesworth & Amy Jindra(ILLUS)
      Scholastic Inc. / 2024 / Hardcover
      Our Price$19.99 Retail Price$24.99 Save 20% ($5.00)
    2. Bob Books - Advancing Beginners  Hardcover Bind-Up | Phonics, Ages 4 and up, Kindergarten (Stage 2: Emerging Reader)
      John R. Maslen(ILLUS) & Bobby Lynn Maslen
      Scholastic Inc. / 2024 / Hardcover
      Our Price$19.99 Retail Price$24.99 Save 20% ($5.00)
    3. Bob Books - Sight Words Kindergarten  Hardcover Bind-Up | Phonics, Ages 4 and up, Kindergarten (Stage 2: Emerging Reader)
      Lynn Maslen Kertell & Sue Hendra(ILLUS)
      Scholastic Inc. / 2024 / Hardcover
      Our Price$19.99 Retail Price$24.99 Save 20% ($5.00)
    4. Bob Books: First Stories Hardcover  Bind-Up | Phonics, Ages 4 and up, Kindergarten (Stage 1: Starting to Read)
      Lynn Maslen Kertell & Dana Sullivan(ILLUS)
      Scholastic Inc. / 2024 / Hardcover
      Our Price$19.99 Retail Price$24.99 Save 20% ($5.00)

    Bob Books - Workbooks

    Bob Books: Beginning Readers Workbook is designed to be used alongside the Alphabet , Beginning Readers , and Rhyming Words Bob Books sets.

    This fun, full-color companion workbook features lots of different exercises that help children master the phonics concepts taught in the readers. Activies include tracing letters, filling in the missing letter in words, coloring pictures, connecting words to a picture with the same beginning sound, identifying words in the same family, rhyming games, and more. Stickers and certificates of achievements are also included!

    220 pages, softcover. Consumable and non-reproducible. PreK-K.

    Bob Books: Developing Readers Workbook is designed to be used alongside the Bob Books Word Families, Complex Words, and Long Vowels sets.

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    This fun, full-color companion workbook features lots of different exercises that help children master the phonics concepts taught in the readers. Activities include putting words in the correct order to make a sentence, r eading/saying/writing words, drawing lines to the correct consonant blend in a word, making complete sentences from word bank boxes, and more. Stickers and certificates of achievements are also included!

    217 pages, softcover. Consumable and non-reproducible. Grades K-1.

    Bob Books: Emerging Readers Workbook is designed to be used alongside the Advancing Beginners ,Sight Words Kindergarten, and Sight Words First Grade Bob Books sets.

    This fun, full-color companion workbook features lots of different exercises that help children master the phonics concepts taught in the readers. Activities include filling in sight words, drawing games, word searches, and more. Stickers and certificates of achievements are also included!

    224 pages, softcover. Consumable and non-reproducible. Kindergarten.

    Reusable Workbooks

    Bob Books - Wipe-Clean Workbook: Beginning Readers by Lynn Maslen Kertell, Helps early reader's build their confidence as with fun drawing and writing activities. Little ones can practice their upper and lower case letter writing, by tracing letters. They'll also gain reading experience as they sound out the words while reading short stories and practicing letter writing within the stories. Comes with a wipe-off pen, so every page can be used over and over, allowing for practice and lots of creativity! Paperback, 32 pages. Ages 4 to 6 years old.

    The classic Bob Books readers have been teaching youngsters how to read for almost 50 years. In the Alphabet Water Workbook, your beginning reader can bring Bob Books characters to life as they use the soft-tip water pen to fill the pages with color, watch them dry, and do it all over again! As they color, your children are developing critical prereading and fine motor skills, tracing upper and lowercase letters and practicing beginning letter sounds. It’s a handy, mess-free, take-along activity for traveling, too! 1 reusable Water Book, 1 soft-tip Water Pen. Grades Pre-K to 1.