Blue Ocean Bob Early Chapter Book and iPad/iPhone Apps Help Teachers and Parents Navigate the Common Core Initiative

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The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob - A Journey Begins teaches principles of achievement and supports new Common Core State Standards.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is underway this fall and teachers and parents are looking for ways to address the new standards while still engaging children. A Journey Begins, the first book in The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob early chapter book series, along with its free companion Parent and Teacher Activity Guide, is a fun and effective aid for helping children develop English Language Arts competencies outlined in the new standards. With a Lexile® measure of 660L (equivalent to a median 2nd/3rd grade CCSS reading level for college and career readiness), A Journey Begins teaches children life-defining achievement principles like purpose, vision, goals, attitude, and persistence. The colorful, rhyming storybook also offers opportunities to explore language arts topics such as poetry, dialogue, character traits, lessons and morals, story structure and the complementary use of text and illustration. Moreover, set on an idyllic island with a cast of wise, endearing sea creatures, A Journey Begins raises ocean awareness as readers follow Blue Ocean Bob and his hummingbird guardian, Xena, on their maritime adventures.

A Journey Begins is also available as an iPad/iPhone app in two versions: Boblite (first chapter - free) and Blue Ocean Bob (all five chapters plus memory match game). Both versions include three reading modes, character narration, music, touch definitions and sounds, and slider puzzles.

As a lifelong student of achievement philosophies and the father of young boy, Brooks Olbrys was inspired by motivational authors Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Bob Proctor, and Wallace D. Wattles, among others, to make these philosophies accessible to children in The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob series.

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob - A Journey Begins by Brooks Olbrys (March 2013); Illustrations by Kevin Keele; Greenleaf Book Group (Emerald Book Company) and Children’s Success Unlimited LLC; Juvenile Fiction; Hard Cover 978-0-9829613-4-6 $12.95; eBook 978-0-9829613-3-9 $3.99. The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob - A Journey Begins Parent and Teacher Activity Guide and Media Kit may be downloaded for free at

Hard and electronic copies of the book series are available for purchase at,,,, iTunes, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Greenleaf Book Group. An interactive iPhone/iPad app is also available on iTunes.

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