Confession: I love books. I was the kid who used to get in trouble during class for hiding my current read under the desk during math class (sorry not sorry — Goosebumps beats long division any day). When I was in middle school, my mom started giving me her cast off romance novels because I went through YA books too quickly for her to keep up. I’m still prone to bringing a novel along for a long car ride, and I may have missed the oven timer on my lasagna last week because I was engrossed in a thriller. Reading lets me experience other worlds, and I can’t wait for my twin kindergarteners to unlock the magic of a great book themselves.
I read picture books to them constantly, but they’re at the age when they want to do everything themselves, including reading. They come home and tell me which of their classmates read a book today on their own, and I can see the wistfulness on their faces.
Whenever we give reading a go at home, Remy is quick to give up and have me read to him, and Lolo gets frustrated when he comes to a word he doesn’t know. So, when my editor suggested I try the BOB Books beginning readers sets, I jumped on the idea. I’m so glad I did because they’ve been a major help in giving my kids both the confidence and skills to read on their own.
Each Book Comes With Its Own Sound & Picture Dictionary
We have plenty of readers on our bookcase, but even the easiest ones have some words the boys struggle with, so in order to get through them, they need an adult to help out. What I really love about the BOB Books: Set #1: Beginner Readers is that they truly are for little kids who are brand new to this whole reading thing.
There are just a few words per page. Each of the 12 books focuses on a couple of letters, starting with "a" and "b" for book one, leading all the way to "y" and "z". What’s really special is the sound and picture dictionary at the start of each book. Before we start reading, I spend a minute going through the dictionary with the boys, so they’re familiar with what they’re about to read. Lolo really loves knowing what sounds are in each book ahead of time. I think it helps him feel more prepared, and every time we sit down with these books he gets so excited that he can read every word on his own.