Lots of families like the Bob Books because beginning readers can sound out the short words. Unfortunately, the tiny paperbacks don’t hold up very well to library use and it’s hard for us to keep a good supply on hand. We recently found some new titles in sturdy hardcover that should make fans of the Bob Books happy:
The New Puppy by Lynn Maslen Kertell
Cupcake Surprise by Lynn Maslen Kertell
The New Puppy and Cupcake Surprise are two new Bob Books Early Readers. They feature funny, short stories about a brother and sister.
I also had the opportunity recently to meet Patricia J. Norton, the author of a series called Short Vowel Phonics.
Short Vowel Phonics 1: Short a, i, o, u, e
A Dog, a Cat and Other Tales
Short Vowel Phonics 2: Short a, i
Max the Cat and Other Tales
Short Vowel Phonics 2: Short o, u, e
A Cub’s Grub and Other Tales
Short Vowel Phonics 3: Ants in the Grass and Other Tales
Double Consonants and “-ing”
Short Vowel Phonics 4, Thad Has a Job and Other Tales
Consonant Digraphs ch, sh, th, wh
Short Vowel Phonics 5: Catfish and Bass and Other Tales
Compound Words, kn, -nch, nk, tch, and Vowel Y
Short Vowel Phonics 6: Who Spilt the Milk?
Words of Comprehension: who, what, when, where, why, how
The author explained that she had a hard time finding enough beginning books for her child when he was struggling with learning to read. She decided to write some books that concentrated on the very first stages of learning to read, so that children who struggled with reading could find books they could read and enjoy. The books cover a variety of topics, including some nonfiction, and feature appealing cartoon art.