It’s your friendly Kindle Fire on Kindle Nation Daily Editor April L. Hamilton here, and I’m very excited to see that the wonderful “Bob” series of books that help teach preschoolers to read are finally available in Kindle format!
Both of my kids got a head start on reading with the hard-copy Bob books, and I’ve recommended them to many parents over the years. Right now many of these sets are being offered at deeply discounted prices (as low as 99 cents for books that normally retail at $16.99), so it’s a great time to give Bob books a try.
These simple books come in sets, with each set building upon skills learned in the previous one. The first set is designed to be as easy as possible, yet it still employs real (very short) sentences so that preschoolers can get a sense of accomplishment and encouragement right from the start. The sentences are accompanied by amusing, simple drawings that help kids connect written words to their meanings.
My kids felt a great sense of pride in completing each box set and were always looking ahead, anxious to begin the next set. More recently the authors have released some standalone books to focus on specific topics like sight words and rhyming words.
If you’ve got a preschooler who’s going to be enrolled in Kindergarten this fall, the Bob books can help your child start the school’s formal reading curriculum with confidence and happy anticipation instead of fear and confusion. Conversely, these books can help a child who’s struggling with early reading lessons catch up over the summer, and return to school in the fall ready to keep pace with peers, or even overtake them!