My daughter’s preschool teacher introduced my family to Bob Books years ago (my daughter is in 6th grade now). We had never heard of these books. Of course I had to run home to research and fell in love.
The stories are short and sweet, just what beginning and young readers need. Sight words are introduced in sentence form as well as key sight words listed at the end of each book. Some of the sets come with sight words cards to work on as you practice the book.
I’ve used these books (all sets) with my own children as well as students I tutor. Because the stories are short and sweet no one is stressing out about reading a long story. We also like to draw our own pictures of the plot. Of course I get in on the drawing fun too. This allows us to work on comprehension too. The pictures in these books are nice and simple; not too busy. I like that at this level. The young readers are able to use the pictures for word clues. The picture illustrated for “Mat sat on Sam”, shows exactly that. There’s no cat playing around with a ball of yarn causing the child to say “The Cat is playing.”
Bobby Lynn and John Maslen published these book in 1976. The idea came about after Ms. Maslen wanted to create books for her class, I’m so happy these cute little books surpassed her classroom.