Have you checked out the BOB books series yet? It’s been the go to book series my son and I are using in our house recently. I have come to really appreciate the series organization and set up based on the most simplistic phonological awareness skills, while adding complexity with each book to facilitate more complex skills.
BOB books come in “sets”, each with 8-12 separate books that the focus on a certain phonological and decoding skill.
- Set 1: Beginning Readers
- Set 2: Advancing Readers
- Set 3: Word Families
- Set 4: Complex Words
- Set 5: Long Vowels
- Additional Sets: Alphabet, Pre-reading skills, Rhyming, Sight words-Kindergarten, Sight words-1st Grade, etc.
I purchased Sets 1-5 and am currently working our way through the first set. Check out some of the pictures of the books below!
What I love about this book series?
The books presented in each set are hierarchical in nature, with the easiest reading level for the first book, and gradually increasing the frequency and types of phonological skills targeted through the last book in each set. It’s a nice smooth transition from book to book that a child does not feel intimidated to try and read a new book. The pictures in each book are lined pictures, basic black, white, and red. The pictures aids in simple comprehension of the story. However, if I really want to target decoding and blending skills, I can simply cover the pictures with a piece of paper and have my son read each word without context clues. Also introduced within the first three or four books in set one are various types of punctuation including periods, question marks and quotation marks (great for working on voice when reading).
So, if you haven’t checked out the BOB books series I encourage you to do so. It’s a great little therapy or home practice material when targeting early literacy skills or supporting children who struggle with reading.
P.S. Although we just finished the Christmas season, this series could be a great Christmas, birthday or even end of the school year present for your children, nieces, nephews, or even a fellow SLP you know! Tip: I found the cheapest rate at Walmart.com when I ordered them this summer.
Do you use BOB books in your therapy? Please feel free to comment below!
Enjoy and happy reading!