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Bob Books at Amazon:

Bob Books: First Stories $5.56 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0545734...kAb5N1B6M9

My First BOB Books: Alphabet $5.56 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0545019...kAb8ZGZXTX

My First BOB Books: Pre-Reading Skills $5.72 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0545019...kAbM294CS6

Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers $5.72 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0439845...kAbS23WHJZ

Bob Books: Rhyming Words $5.72 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0545513...kAbSBJ66GG

Bob Books: Sight Words, 1st Grade $7.56 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0545019...kAbDVPE24R

Bob Books at Walmart (some prices are with pickup discount):

Bob Books Set 5- Long Vowels $5.56
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bob-Boo...ls/4663526

Bob Books: First Stories $5.56
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bob-Boo...s/42416835

Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers $5.72
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bob-Boo...rs/4542877

Pre-Reading Skills $5.72
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pre-Rea...ls/9192138

Bob Books: Rhyming Words [With 40 Rhyming Word Puzzle Cards] $5.72
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bob-Boo...s/22556026

Bob Books: Sight Words First Grade $7.56
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bob-Boo...e/13277306

"Bob Books® were specifically designed to facilitate that ah-ha moment, when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency and repetition, and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment."
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I know this review is too long, but I can't say enough about these little books designed to teach reading from the ground up.
tl;dr: These are very short books that thoughtfully add one little new idea (sound, letter, letter combination) in each book. They help a child progress quickly enough so that if you do one tiny book each day, the new book will be a little challenging, but the book from 7 days ago will be easy to them.

I highly recommend these as the first books you use to teach your child to read- and put a little pressure on them to do the reading out loud to you. If you have a kid that you want to teach to read, that knows their sounds but can't yet really read words well- GET THESE BOOKS! They take a 3-5 year old from zero to reading well (and enjoying it) in little, manageable bites. They are small books with small pages, each with a picture. In the beginning the pictures are very related to the words, so the pictures help the child understand the relationship between the letters and the picture and the word. For example, in the very first book of the first series:

Page 1: Introduces the letters and sounds you will see. M, T, S, and short "a" sound. Start by reviewing these!
Page 2: Mat. (Picture of guy named Mat.)
Page 3: Mat Sat. (Picture of Mat sitting on ground)
Page 4: Sam (Picture of different character.)
...
Sam sat on Mat. Mat sat on Sam. And so on, The End. Then, ask your kids to summarize the story to you. Not much there in the beginning, I know!

By the end of the First little series of Books, Book 12, the first page is:
"The vet got into a van."
In 12 days or so, your child can progress to sounding out real sentences, and getting more confidence each day. Not by magic, but very small, well thought out steps each day. Then, have your child start back at book #1, and they will say it is easy! After doing 5-6 boxes of these books (and re-reading them each a few times) the higher level books have several sentences per page, and get a little longer (perhaps 20 pages instead of 10).

Some reviewers complain that the books are too simple and too short. These people just bought them too late for their child, I suppose. They are short enough that you can expect them to focus on reading until they get through to the end of the book- even with a 3-5 year old's attention span. They are very inexpensive, and worth 5 times the price. *Not a shill for the company, I am an economics professor* Smilie

We started at age 4 1/2, but of course every kid is different. We did 6-7 boxes of these books, and now I am rounding them up to pass them to the next kid in the family who can benefit from them. When my son told me "Dad, reading is really easy!", and later on "Dad, I'm going to take this book and read myself to sleep.", it brought so much indescribable joy! My son is now 8 and he is reading the "Captain Underpants" series for the third time now on his own, reading every night and every morning for 20-30 minutes. I am looking for the next series for him now.

Here is a 3 minute video of my son [youtu.be] and I starting to work through the 4th book in the 1st box- he is struggling with it- and that it part of the learning process!

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Maybe also add a bit of info about these book many of us have haven't heard of them.Smilie
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Thanks! These are great prices! 3 camels shows this is the lowest price on the ones I checked!
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Maybe also add a bit of info about these book many of us have haven't heard of them.Smilie
They are great simple readers. Think Bob and Jane books for this generation. They are usually 10-12 books in a set and each book is maybe 10-12 pages long. They are very helpful for new readers because they can read a book in under 10 minutes (even if a struggling reader) which is super helpful to boost confidence.
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Maybe also add a bit of info about these book many of us have haven't heard of them.Smilie
I know this review is too long, but I can't say enough about these little books designed to teach reading from the ground up.
tl;dr: These are very short books that thoughtfully add one little new idea (sound, letter, letter combination) in each book. They help a child progress quickly enough so that if you do one tiny book each day, the new book will be a little challenging, but the book from 7 days ago will be easy to them.

I highly recommend these as the first books you use to teach your child to read- and put a little pressure on them to do the reading out loud to you. If you have a kid that you want to teach to read, that knows their sounds but can't yet really read words well- GET THESE BOOKS! They take a 3-5 year old from zero to reading well (and enjoying it) in little, manageable bites. They are small books with small pages, each with a picture. In the beginning the pictures are very related to the words, so the pictures help the child understand the relationship between the letters and the picture and the word. For example, in the very first book of the first series:

Page 1: Introduces the letters and sounds you will see. M, T, S, and short "a" sound. Start by reviewing these!
Page 2: Mat. (Picture of guy named Mat.)
Page 3: Mat Sat. (Picture of Mat sitting on ground)
Page 4: Sam (Picture of different character.)
...
Sam sat on Mat. Mat sat on Sam. And so on, The End. Then, ask your kids to summarize the story to you. Not much there in the beginning, I know!

By the end of the First little series of Books, Book 12, the first page is:
"The vet got into a van."
In 12 days or so, your child can progress to sounding out real sentences, and getting more confidence each day. Not by magic, but very small, well thought out steps each day. Then, have your child start back at book #1, and they will say it is easy! After doing 5-6 boxes of these books (and re-reading them each a few times) the higher level books have several sentences per page, and get a little longer (perhaps 20 pages instead of 10).

Some reviewers complain that the books are too simple and too short. These people just bought them too late for their child, I suppose. They are short enough that you can expect them to focus on reading until they get through to the end of the book- even with a 3-5 year old's attention span. They are very inexpensive, and worth 5 times the price. *Not a shill for the company, I am an economics professor* Smilie

We started at age 4 1/2, but of course every kid is different. We did 6-7 boxes of these books, and now I am rounding them up to pass them to the next kid in the family who can benefit from them. When my son told me "Dad, reading is really easy!", and later on "Dad, I'm going to take this book and read myself to sleep.", it brought so much indescribable joy! My son is now 8 and he is reading the "Captain Underpants" series for the third time now on his own, reading every night and every morning for 20-30 minutes. I am looking for the next series for him now.

Here is a 3 minute video of my son [youtu.be] and I starting to work through the 4th book in the 1st box- he is struggling with it- and that it part of the learning process!
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I agree with @ghotitox. Also wanted to add I have found that a lot of children's early readers actually have words that are exceptions to the rules (think cough, through, tough, spelled similarly, pronounced differently), and the Bob books really don't, which is extremely helpful.
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They are great simple readers. Think Bob and Jane books for this generation. They are usually 10-12 books in a set and each book is maybe 10-12 pages long. They are very helpful for new readers because they can read a book in under 10 minutes (even if a struggling reader) which is super helpful to boost confidence.
Thank you for your input and insight. After taking a bit to research these I bought a few sets that meet the needs for my gs's, that I think they will like! Smilie

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I know this review is too long, but I can't say enough about these little books designed to teach reading from the ground up.
tl;dr: These are very short books that thoughtfully add one little new idea (sound, letter, letter combination) in each book. They help a child progress quickly enough so that if you do one tiny book each day, the new book will be a little challenging, but the book from 7 days ago will be easy to them.

I highly recommend these as the first books you use to teach your child to read- and put a little pressure on them to do the reading out loud to you. If you have a kid that you want to teach to read, that knows their sounds but can't yet really read words well- GET THESE BOOKS! They take a 3-5 year old from zero to reading well (and enjoying it) in little, manageable bites. They are small books with small pages, each with a picture. In the beginning the pictures are very related to the words, so the pictures help the child understand the relationship between the letters and the picture and the word. For example, in the very first book of the first series:

Page 1: Introduces the letters and sounds you will see. M, T, S, and short "a" sound. Start by reviewing these!
Page 2: Mat. (Picture of guy named Mat.)
Page 3: Mat Sat. (Picture of Mat sitting on ground)
Page 4: Sam (Picture of different character.)
...
Sam sat on Mat. Mat sat on Sam. And so on, The End. Then, ask your kids to summarize the story to you. Not much there in the beginning, I know!

By the end of the First little series of Books, Book 12, the first page is:
"The vet got into a van."
In 12 days or so, your child can progress to sounding out real sentences, and getting more confidence each day. Not by magic, but very small, well thought out steps each day. Then, have your child start back at book #1, and they will say it is easy! After doing 5-6 boxes of these books (and re-reading them each a few times) the higher level books have several sentences per page, and get a little longer (perhaps 20 pages instead of 10).

Some reviewers complain that the books are too simple and too short. These people just bought them too late for their child, I suppose. They are short enough that you can expect them to focus on reading until they get through to the end of the book- even with a 3-5 year old's attention span. They are very inexpensive, and worth 5 times the price. *Not a shill for the company, I am an economics professor* Smilie

We started at age 4 1/2, but of course every kid is different. We did 6-7 boxes of these books, and now I am rounding them up to pass them to the next kid in the family who can benefit from them. When my son told me "Dad, reading is really easy!", and later on "Dad, I'm going to take this book and read myself to sleep.", it brought so much indescribable joy! My son is now 8 and he is reading the "Captain Underpants" series for the third time now on his own, reading every night and every morning for 20-30 minutes. I am looking for the next series for him now.

Here is a 3 minute video of my son [youtu.be] and I starting to work through the 4th book in the 1st box- he is struggling with it- and that it part of the learning process!

Love the video of your son reading and your patience in helping, thx for sharing.

I was particularly struck by your son's comment on the book being easy, even though to an adult's eye he is "working at it". This seems to align with the reviews that said the books are a
"confidence booster"....that is an important key to a kid enjoying reading or getting frustrated and hating it! nod
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Some really helpful reviews and comments above. Inclined to buy. Could somebody clarify how many booklets are there in each set? Amazon description or a few reviews didn't reveal this when I read thru.
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Some really helpful reviews and comments above. Inclined to buy. Could somebody clarify how many booklets are there in each set? Amazon description or a few reviews didn't reveal this when I read thru.
It depends on the set, honestly. I just checked my collection 1 and 3, #1 has 18, #3 has 16 books. Some of the other sets have 12, I think. It's a great value.
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It depends on the set, honestly. I just checked my collection 1 and 3, #1 has 18, #3 has 16 books. Some of the other sets have 12, I think. It's a great value.
Thanks.
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Anyone know which set would be good for a child about to turn 2?
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Does anyone have a working order that you should get the sets in? I have a 3 year old, and Id like to get 2 or 3 of the sets that would work best for him.
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Anyone know which set would be good for a child about to turn 2?
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Does anyone have a working order that you should get the sets in? I have a 3 year old, and Id like to get 2 or 3 of the sets that would work best for him.
I'm not sure these books would be useful for a child about to turn 2. At that point, I was still making sure my child could identify the letters and their sounds. At that age, you are reading TO children. These books are designed for kids to begin reading on their own (with some guidance, of course)- and though some kids might be ready at 2 years old, I haven't seen any that would be. I do see they have some new books I have not seen before, the "Alphabet" ones- and these seem to be designed for reading to the child, while focusing on specific letters.

For the 3 year old question- you might want to try the first set (Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers, and then Set 2 and Set 3). However, even though my kid was pretty advanced, he wasn't ready (or not interested?) in reading on his own until around 4 1/2 -- which was a but later than I had hoped, but I didn't want to force it. If the 3 year old doesn't seem ready to sound things out, then you can wait a bit. I wish you the best of luck!
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Think Bob and Jane books for this generation.

That doesn't sound right... Dick and Jane? laugh out loud
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