Monday, February 14, 2011

A little girl, learning to read & Bob Books Giveaway

March 1, 2011 announcement

The WINNER of the Giveaway is:

Family H and their little girl, Violet.

Sabra let me know that her daughter put 8 pieces
of paper, numbered 1 through 8 (for the 8 entries)
into a bowl. She drew out the piece of paper with
number 6 and that represents Family H.

Sabra told me that after her daughter chose the
number....6 she said:

"This is cool to pick another child who has ACC like
me to get Bob books the same as me. I hope they help
reading with the other child."

Her mom said:

She then asked me who is number 6. I told her
I don’t know but we can check tomorrow to
see who the winner is. She was very excited about
seeing who won.


Thank you to everyone who entered.

You are going to LOVE this story!
AND the prize revealed at the end of the rainbow

I was contacted by the mom of a little girl who has
partial agenesis of the corpus callosum. I have known
the mom, Sabra, for a few years. Her daughter struggled
with learning to read and I remember when she told the
jump for joy story in the ACC support group about how
her child learned to read her first book.

Sabra enthusiastically wrote a heartfelt letter to the
Bob Books company:

"I would like to say thank you to whomever wrote these wonderful
books. I have a 6 ½ year old daughter born with congenital
hydrocephalus with a VP shunt and partial agenesis corpus
callosum. I tried hooked on phonics since this is what I had
used with my other children but she still struggled with trying
to read. She started first grade the day after Labor Day in
regular classroom with resource for language arts. She brought
home books from the library, AR books that were 0.6 and 1.0
reading level and cried because they were too hard and said
she couldn’t read. This about broke my heart when she said
this and how discouraged she was in regards to reading. When
I was in Barnes and Noble a week and a half ago to buy books
for my other children and myself, I asked the sales clerk on
what they recommended to help my daughter with reading. They
recommended your books and said they have teachers coming in
all the time purchasing them. I had never heard of these before
but I decided to give them a try and bought the first set,
beginning readers.

You have to understand this has been hard on me since we are
so big on reading. I have been working with her and trying to
find what worked for her to help her learn to read. It was
amazing and beautiful to see her little face light up and the
biggest grin after she read the first book. She currently
finished book 9 tonight and is doing amazing, we read a book
a night. She may not remember she just read that word on the
previous page but sounds it out and reads it without getting
discouraged. What helps for her is the small size of the book
and only a few words on each page. She may also struggle with
comprehension and understanding that reading a book is a story
but I know we will get there eventually. Your books have helped
us give her the confidence to read and the foundation on which
reading begins.

I will be going back to Barnes and Noble this weekend to purchase
set 2 for my daughter. Again, thank you so much for having this
program available and the insight to whomever wrote and developed
these books to give my precious daughter a chance to learn to read.
I don’t normally write comments and feedback but I am so impressed
with the books and the positive rewards, I felt compelled to send
one in regards to the Bob Books.

I now tell everyone I know including parents on hydrocephalus and
ACC online groups I belong to about how wonderful Bob books are.
I will make sure I have the money available when she is ready for
the next set."

A very happy parent in Virginia,

Bob Books Reply Letter to Sabra:

"What an amazing and wonderful letter. Thank you so much for writing.
I am forwarding your letter to the author, Bobby Maslen. She will be
thrilled to hear about your daughter's success. After all this time,
she still loves to hear about each and every child that learns to
read with Bob Books. (She wrote Bob Books over 35 years ago.) We
are so proud when we can make a difference, especially for
children that struggle.

You might like to see a video (just posted today) about how Bob
Books came to be. I hope you can tell from her face, how much
Bobby cares.

Thank you again for your very touching and heart-warming letter.
I am so glad we were able to make a difference for your daughter.”

Best, Lynn
Lynn Maslen Kertell
Author and Managing Partner, Bob Books Publications, LLC

This was a story with a very happy ending. But
that’s NOT the end...

Sabra, the little girl’s mom, also let me know that
Bob Books would like to give away a Bob Books
Set 1 Beginning Readers and a Bob Books Set 2
Advancing Beginners to a family who has a child
with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum.

Sabra asked if I would host the Bob Books Giveaway
on the ACC blog on behalf of her and her daughter.
I said…absolutely YES, with pleasure.


1 Bob Books Set 1 * Beginning Readers


1 Bob Books Set 2 * Advancing Beginners


1. Please enter only if you have a child who has agenesis of the corpus callosum or a corpus callosum disorder.

2. Only US residents age 13+ are eligible to enter (due to
licensing issues we do not ship to Canada or overseas).

3. One entry per username & e-mail.

4. Answer the following questions:

Why do you want to win Bob Books for your child who has ACC and How do you think it would help your child with reading?

5. Please include your e-mail and username in your entry so
you can be reached if you are the winner.

6. Contest winner will be randomly chosen on February 28,
2011 by Sabra’s daughter, who inspired the Bob Books
Giveaway. : )

7. Contest Begins: February 14, 2011

8. Deadline Entry: February 27, 2011 11:59 pm, pacific standard time


If you are the Winner you will be asked to give out your mailing address which will be forwarded to Bob Books who will ship your free set of Bob Books 1 & 2 directly to you.

Be sure to explore the
"Entire Family of Bob Books"...

Thank you to Bob Books for sponsoring the Giveaway
from your heart in an effort to help another child,
who has ACC, learn to read. ♥

Thank you also to Sabra for allowing me to host the
Bob Books Giveaway for you.

A great BIG congratulations to Sabra’s little girl
for learning to read. You did it!!


Thank you to everyone who entered.

*note: I did not receive any merchandise or monetary gift
for hosting this Giveaway. This Giveaway comes from the
heart of Bob Books and is the result of a mother’s joy in
hearing her child who has partial ACC learn to read for the
first time and seeing her child’s confidence level soar.


  1. I'll go first! My son Eli (18 months) has C-ACC, and since he's so small, and not interacting quite yet with much, we'd definitley be hoping to win to save for the future! We, too, LOVE reading. My daughter would read books for hours, and she doesn't even read yet (and mommy can read for hours too... when there's time...). thanks so much for hosting! Jessica monkeyshinersBaby at yahoo dot com

  2. My son Logan has C-ACC. He is 3.5 and in preschool currently. I would like to win the Bob books to help give Logan a "headstart" on his reading. He is doing well with his letters and I think it is about time to move on to working on reading skills. My husband has been laid off for a few months and recently went back to work, accepting a position at a much lower pay, so money has been tight and there hasn't been any extra for books. Logan (and me!) would be thrilled with some new books! - Brandy

  3. I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter named Brianna who has C-ACC, and we would LOVE to win the Bob Books to help Brianna learn to interact more with the books and in the future learn to read. She already loves books, she is facinated by them she loves to look at the pictures and turn the pages so she is already inspired by books. Brianna is plain AMAZING and I know she would benefit from them and we would be honored to win them. Brianna also has an older sister named Hailey who is 5 and learning to read at school whom I know would enjoy reading to her baby sister. Good luck to everyone :) *Araceli Sandoval* Hailey and Briannas mommy

  4. My 6 year old daughter Shaelyn has C-ACC. She is struggling to learn to read but does have over 20 words she recognizes now. It would be so wonderful to try a method that has worked with another child with ACC. I will definately share these books with her special education teachers and of course pass on the books to someone on this listserve if we do win any. Thank you so much for sharing this inforamation!
    Sherry Swepston Mom to Shaelyn and Caden

  5. Hi. I have an almost 1 year old (her birthday is just over 3 weeks away) who has C-ACC. Both her dad and I are avid readers, it is an important part of our lives. Since Alex was born we read to her daily, and she shows a true interest and fascination with books already. And much to our delight, her language abilities and vocabulary are already beginning to blossom. I have read a number of reviews about the Bob books and know that they will be wonderful in helping Alex work on her reading skills as she gets older. These would be a wonderful addition to our ever expanding library of books for Alex to explore! And what a wonderful birthday present they would make! Thanks for doing this terrific give-away!
    Rachel (

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  7. Hello,
    My youngest of 3 Nathan has middle interhemispheric variant of holoprosencephaly, Dysgenesis corpus Callosum, Absence of the Septum Pellucidum, Ventriculomegaly. As of Right now Nathan is almost 21 months. He starting crawling at 8 1/2 months and walking at 17 months. He can say mama and dada other than that it is mostly babaling. He is currently in EI and making some progress but still behind.
    I would be so grateful to win these books to help Nathan and be willing to pass them on to another child with ACC or donate them to the local library. I think the books would give Nathan a great head start so when he goes to kindergarten he is a little ahead of the curve.

    Marlene Piazza

  8. Hello! MY daughter Kynlee just turned 3 and started PPCD. She has C-ACC. She loves books and we read to her often. We just realized she knows her alphabet by sight in learning it from her Leapfrog Laptop. She is not talking yet, but understands everything we say to her. I had never heard of the BOB books before reading about this give-away. The books look like a wonderful learning tool. Kynlee also has a 4 year old brother who could benefit from these books!
    Thank you!
    Keely Farquhar


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look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.