Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bob Books Giveaway!

Bobs Books For Beginning Readers Giveaway! Enter For A Chance To Win Set 1 and Set 2:

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Bob Books came about as a result of teacher Bobby Lynn Maslen’s careful attention to the specific needs of children learning to read for the very first time.

As a teacher at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, Bobby’s work with 3 to 5 year-olds involved constant invention in art, math games, physical growth activities and, of course, reading materials. When she didn’t find books that she felt were interesting enough for her young students, she created the Bob Books.
The first books were handmade, inspired by two small dolls—one circular and one triangular— she bought at a craft fair. She named the dolls Mat and Sam and spun stories about them, illustrated with line drawings that the children could copy and color. The stories were very personal, customized to each one of her students.
Soon it became too cumbersome to make books for each student, so Maslen standardized the set and persuaded her school to print 300 copies. “In the beginning I just went to the grocery store and bought baggies -- little sandwich baggies -- and that's how we packaged them," Maslen said. “The whole thing from beginning to end was a trial-and-error process."

Portland State University next published the books for several years, and word began to spread, leading to self publishing and a cottage industry. Bobby Maslen’s husband, John Maslen, a watercolor artist and former architect, drew new pictures. "She officially hired me to illustrate and help market and publish the books," says John, as demand increased.The couple's growing children helped collate and staple.

The Bob Books went on to become a Children's Book-of-the-Month-Club selection, and the series was adopted by home-schoolers and Montessori teachers.  Articles recommending the Bob Books appeared in the Washington Post, CNN, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Publisher’s Weekly. In 1993 USA Today ran a story about the Bob Books. The Maslens were inundated with phone calls.

``By that time we were going crazy," Bobby Maslen said. ``We knew the potential was much more than we could handle ourselves." The Maslens turned to a major publisher of children’s books, Scholastic, Inc., for help. Happily, the Maslens and Scholastic together keep all five sets of Bob Books available to children throughout the world.

Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful books with us! For a chance to win the iPads apps for Bobs Books please stop by Get Kids To Read.


DrLori71 said...

I would love to win the Bob Books! They would really help my 5 year old with his reading skills.
(Lori -

Ms. Dawn said...

I work in an elementary special ed classroom. I've looked at the Bob books before thinking they'd be a great tool in the classroom. Would love to win a set.

nowakoski at sbcglobal dot net

Devony said...

I have a 2 and a 3 year old getting ready to learn and these would be wonderful! thanks for the chance! wilsondev(at)


mrsshukra said...

Bob Books will always be relevant! Please count me in!


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Kristi Bernard said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and your continued support.

Melissa Nevaeh & Jiedyn said...

oh.. pick me, pick me!!

I am a single mum of two beautiful beings.. I'm always looking for new ways to encourage my 5yo son to turn the tv off..

I don't actually have twitter but I pasted your giveaway to my facebook!



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