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Bob Books Reading Magic #1

Bob Books Reading Magic #1



Age Range

Early Childhood & Lower Primary

App Type

Learning App

Version Reviewed


Android Available?

Is Android Available

Lite Version Available?

Is a Lite Version Available

Help Provided?

Is Help Provided
Bloom's Thinking Process
CreatingBlooms Creating
EvaluatingBlooms Evaluating
AnalysingBlooms Analysing
ApplyingBlooms Applying
UnderstandingBlooms Understanding
RememberingBlooms Remembering
Includes animation
Includes recorded voice
Includes text
Includes images
Review Comments
Bob Books#1 - Reading Magic HD teaches phonics in a sentence context. Most apps show isolated words. Bob Books shows a scene with a written sentence. The student spells words in the sentence. Their reward is to see the scene animate and come to life. The animation explains the meaning of the sentence.
I like the way that Bob Books has included comprehension in their books. Many students on the spectrum struggle with reading comprehension. I just wish their were more scenes. With only 12 books of one sentence, the student quickly learns them by heart.
The 12 scenes contain 32 words which are spelled phonetically. The pronunciation is very good. All of the words are consonant-vowel-consonant and use short vowels. To use CVC words, some of the words selected are questionable (e.g. "Mat" spelled with one t, "big cat" for a lion).
There are 4 levels of increasing difficulty for each book. These books are a wonderful introduction to phonics. This app can also be used for spelling using letter names, simply by choosing the spelling option.
This versions comes with 12 books. Additional book packs are available via in-app purchase.
Use Rank (*)
Spell with Phonics Ranked 15th of 44
Spell with letter names Ranked 8th of 46

(*) This app has been ranked according to its' effectiveness to achieve the learning goals and strategies listed. Some apps may rank highly for achieving a specific use and lower for other uses. Some students will learn and engage with one app more than others, because of the individual nature of us all.

Learning App
Learning apps are designed for a specific purpose. The authors claim to teach a goal, skill or concept.
Bloom's Thinking Process
Bloom's Taxonomy is classification system used to explain the behaviours important in learning. Apps range from simple memory tasks such as flashcards apps through to creative apps which ask students to create an original story or video.
Bloom's Creating
The student creates new ideas, products or ways of viewing things. Activities include making, animating, designing, constructing, planning, producing and inventing.
Bloom's Evaluating
The student justifies a decision or course of action. Activities include counting to check, hypothesising, critiquing, experimenting and judging.
Bloom's Analysing
The student breaks the information into parts to explore understandings and relationships. Activities include explaining, ordering, inferring, comparing and organising.
Bloom's Applying
The student uses the information in a new situation. Activities include implementing, carrying out, using, illustrating, classifying and categorising.
Bloom's Understanding
The student comprehends the new information. Activities include describing, predicting showing understanding use a multiple choice.
Bloom's Remembering
The student recalls information they know. Activities include matching, 'fill in the blank', making a choice, answering using a multiple choice, naming a group.
Learning Connection
How well does the app teach the targeted skill or concept? This is the area where we refer to current research and pedagogy to evaluate the efficacy of the app.
Authenticity looks at the manner in which skills are learnt. Authentic apps use real life or genuine activities. Students learn in context rather than in a contrived or rote fashion (such as flashcards).
Feedback needs to be specific and result in improved performance. Feedback should be supportive and encouraging rather than negative. Data should be available to support decision making.
Differentiation is the ability to customise the app to suit the student. The ability to record you voice, customise text, add pictures and alter settings enables individualisation of the app.
User Friendliness
User friendliness is a measure of how well a student can use the app independently. Some apps are simply intuitive to use. Others include audio or visual prompts which support the student.
All apps are engaging the first time they are played. However, students with diverse learning needs may need to return to the app many times. Motivating apps offer rewards,games or incentives.
Spell with Phonics
These are apps that spell words using letter sounds in a word (as opposed to spelling the word using letter names). There are 44 phonemes or letter sounds in the English language, including letter combinations such as /th/.
Spell with letter names
These apps practise spelling using letter names. The student can also identify the letters in a word. These apps typically ask the student to drag and drop letters to fill blanks in words. See also Spell with Phonics apps.

Domain Score Details
Learning Connection 4
Learning phonics in a sentence context is terrific for generalisation. Students need to learn to read for meaning as well as spell. This is one of the only phonic apps that includes reading for meaning. Bobs Books includes an option for spelling using letter names.
Authenticity 2
Students listen to the words and match the letters. They apply their knowledge of phonics to building these consonant-vowel-consonant words.
Feedback 2
Bob's Books uses errorless learning. The student can only drag the letter into the correct square. The word jiggles as a hint to the student to spell the word, which is very cute.
Differentiation 4
There are 4 levels of difficulty. Background music, sound effect wiggly hints can be turned off.
User Friendliness 4
These books are easy to navigate. The app comes with large arrows for little fingers. The letters are easily dragged into the squares.
Motivation 4
Bobs Books are fun and engaging for early readers.
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Developer's Description
- Winner Editor's Choice Award, Children's Technology Review
- 15 Great Apps for Kids,
- Parenting Magazine “Best App for Kids”
- Parents Choice Approved

Millions of kids have learned to read with the Bob Books beginning reader series. Kids can watch their favorite Bob Books stories and characters come to life with Bob Books Reading Magic #1!

Start your child reading with this phonics-based interactive game. Even very young children love the simple drag-and-drop interface. Your favorite Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read.

Bob Books Reading Magic continues Bob Books’ commitment to bringing children a satisfying, successful first reading experience, with easy first steps, wholesome values, authentic hand-drawn illustrations, and beautiful full-color animations.

Bob Books Reading Magic will show your child how to:
-Make the connection between letters and sounds.
-Sound out simple words.
-Spell the words they’ve read.

The game includes twelve scenes for a total of 32 words. Four game levels provide increasing learn-to-read challenges to children as they play.

Bob Books Reading Magic follows the same method and principles as the #1 best-selling Bob Books series. Bob Books were created to lead children to the ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment. This is the reading magic of Bob Books. Soon your child will join over 10 million children who can proudly say, “I read the whole book!”®

Parents and educators rave about Bob Books apps:
"Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic is an excellent introduction to phonics for young children... This app will grow with your learning child, and keep their interest as they read and re-read the sentences on each page."
--- Common Sense Media

"A fantastic tool for a pre- or early reader -- and a fun way to occupy your toddler during a doctor's visit."
--- Infant Bibliophile

"Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic is a top learning app for toddlers and for sure one of the best apps for toddlers and preschoolers to learn how to read."
--- Fun Educational Apps

"One of the best learning app for kids."
--- Everything Mom

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Disclaimer: The evaluations and rankings information provided here are based solely on the opinion of the author and are for informational purposes only. Families should seek professional advice before making decisions regarding interventions for their child.