Beginning Reader Worksheet Pack to Accompany the Bob Books

We are using the Bob Books to help ED learn to read. She is just learning to sound out CVC words. While my other two kids learned to read early (age 3) using the Bob Book series (and others), my third child has her own pace and style of learning.  She is excited about writing words, loves to color, and has amazing pencil skills.  I made these worksheets for her. These would never (never, never!)  have worked with my son so don’t be surprised if your child isn’t interested!

This is a 20-page pack that goes along with the very first set of Bob Books. You can download the worksheet pack here  (We have moved to if you are interested.

Here are some pictures of ED doing the sheets. Again, I want you to know that these sheets might not be of interest to your child. My son was very active so it worked better to be very, very hands-on with him (scavenger hunts for words; writing words in chalk on the side of our brick house and throwing wet sponges at the word as he read them aloud;  races where he had to find the index card with the word on it as fast as he could and bring it back to me … that sort of thing!) Hmm… all good ideas that I should revisit with ED in the near future!!!

Related Post: I made another 15-page packet to accompany the Bob Books – Set 2 (Advanced Beginner).

I’d just love to hear from you if you found it useful.  ~Liesl

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  1. by Heather Dunham

    On June 19, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Fantastic! Thanks so much. We are just starting the Bob books and I have been trying to think of ways to expand them. These are GREAT!

  2. by Jenny

    On June 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I also have a 3 year old with amazing pencil skills and an active older sibling! The little one is very interested in words and loves table time, so these will come in handy. Thank you!

  3. by Angel-lena

    On June 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Just what I need when I need it! Thanks!

  4. by monera

    On June 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Why? Please tell me one scientific reason we should start imposing a rigid structure on a brain that is beautifully open to plasticity.

  5. by Liesl Den

    On June 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm


    As I said in the post itself, each of my children has been very different when it comes to learning to read. My older son and daughter learned to read fairly effortlessly at a young age. We didn’t push reading, but books are very much a part of our family culture. We read books at meals, at nap time, at bed time — or just anytime! These worksheets wouldn’t have been of interest to my other kids. BUT much to my surprise and amazement my third child enjoys this kind of work. Why? Well, I can only guess that it is because she has an older brother and sister who have math problems and some writing work that they do almost daily (when we’re doing school, that is). She’s been excited to have “important” work to do as well.

    I’ve read a couple of books about brain development. One of the best books I read was “Magic Trees of the Mind.” I learned a lot about the development of the brain. It talks about physical structures of the brain and the brain’s ability to process information and learn new skills at different ages/stages. I found it to be fascinating reading. To be honest, when it comes to my own kids though I don’t think scientifically, I just go with what works well for them.

    This type of work is about three to five minutes of her day a couple times a week (when she’s interested). Since so much of our day as homeschoolers has to do with drawing and doing arts and crafts, playing games, doing puzzles, snuggling and reading books together, doing Montessori work (particularly geography, culture, and science), playing outside, going on nature walks, chatting, going to the playground, library, roller skating, getting together with friends, doing experiments together, and on and on I’m not worried that it is too rigid for her since she enjoys doing them.

    Hope that answers your question.


  6. by Kate

    On June 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing these! My daughter loves her BOB books and is just starting to want to play “school” so these will be perfect for us.

  7. by Jackie

    On June 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Must I be a google subscriber to download your file for bob books?

    Thanks, Jackie

  8. by Liesl Den

    On June 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    No, the link should just take you to google docs and you can download it from there. I chose the option that says “public” so I assume it will work without subscribing. Let me know if you have any trouble.


  9. by Kim

    On June 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Love them! Thank you. I would love to see more :)

  10. by Mae

    On July 8, 2012 at 7:45 am

    These are great! I was looking around online to see if something like this existed before I made my own. My daughter (3) just started these books last week and is reading 4 of them. I have saved your site for future ideas. You are very creative! :)

  11. by Amy T.

    On July 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    These look great. I appreciate how you realize worksheets are not for every child, but for some kids they work well. We have been doing beginning reading with BOB books for about five weeks now with my daughter. Hoping to do some blogging on our approach this week. We use magnetic letters to rearrange letters to make the words in the book, and also print the words out from the book so she can make the sentences found on each page. So far it’s going well!

  12. by Rah

    On August 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    love these! so excited to have found this – a bit of a variation to learning sight words and leanrign to read and remember letters, numbers in a fun, easy and simple way. and have never heard of BOB books – so thanks for that as well. Look forward to anymore of these worksheet booklets you may do!

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    On December 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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