Phonemic Awareness Books for Children

Phonemic awareness is the understanding that words are made of discrete sounds. If children cannot distinguish individual sounds, or phonemes, within words, they have difficulty learning to read and write. 

The books on this list help pre-readers focus on the sounds in words. They are meant to be read to the child, and caregivers can guide listening by asking questions such as: “What sound do most of those words end with?” or “Where do you hear the /b/ sound?”

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ABC I Like Me!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Carlson, Nancy
Call Number:
JP Carlson
Description:

See how easy it is to feel good about yourself letter by letter.

Asana and the Animals
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nichols, Grace; Adams, Sarah (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J811 N6186
Description:

Follow Asana through her charming encounters with the animals of her real and dream worlds.

Bear Snores On
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wilson, Karma; Chapman, Jane (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Wilson
Description:

Everyone comes into Bear's cave to warm up, but Bear just snores on!

Dinosaur Roar!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stickland, Paul; Stickland, Henrietta
Call Number:
JP Stickland
Description:

Pint-sized paleontologists will be roaring for more after reading this fun-filled book.

Down by the Cool of the Pool
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mitton, Tony
Call Number:
JP Mitton
Description:

It's hot, and Frog and the other animals have found the perfect way to stay cool!

Edwina the Emu
Artist/Author/Cast:
Knowles, Sheena; Clement, Rod (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Knowles
Description:

What's the perfect job for an emu? Read this delightful rhyming story to find out.

"Fire! Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire
Artist/Author/Cast:
Martin Jr., Bill; Egielski, Richard (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J398.8 M3792f
Description:

Once Mrs. McGuire points out the fire, other working women with rhyming names help spread the word.

Good Night Pillow Fight
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cook, Sally; Cornell, Laura (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Cook
Description:

No one wants to go to sleep in this funny story.

Grandma's Cat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ketteman, Helen; Winborn, Marsha Lynn (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Ketteman
Description:

Grandma's cat is so furry and cute, why won't he hold still long enough to be friends?

The Hound From the Pound
Artist/Author/Cast:
Swaim, Jessica; McElmurry, Jill (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Swaim
Description:

When lonely Miss Mary Lynn MacIntosh brings Blue home from the pound, all of his friends soon follow.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yolen, Jane; Teague, Mark (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Yolen
Description:

Find out how little dinosaurs get ready for bed in this funny story.

How Do You Sleep?
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bonnett-Rampersaud, Louise; Kest, Kristin (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bonnett-Rampersaud
Description:

Animals have different ways of getting ready to go to sleep.

Inch By Inch
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mallett, David
Call Number:
J781.62 M2535i
Description:

Learn from the rhyme and repetition in this delightful traditional song turned picture book.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Artist/Author/Cast:
Carlstrom, Nancy White; Degen, Bruce (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Carlstrom
Description:

Rhyme with Jesse as he goes through his day.

Jump!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fischer, Scott M. (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Fischer
Description:

Smaller animals had better watch out in this silly, rhyming story all about size.

Llama Llama Red Pajama
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dewdney, Anna (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Dewdney
Description:

Baby Llama misses his mama after she puts him to bed.

May I Bring a Friend?
Artist/Author/Cast:
De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk; Montresor, Beni (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP De Regniers
Description:

A little boy is invited to have tea at the castle.

Move over, Rover!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Beaumont, Karen; Dyer, Jane (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Beaumont
Description:

Rover is snug in his doghouse, but plenty of other animals want to come in out of the rain, too.

My Crayons Talk
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hubbard, Patricia; Karas, G. Brian (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Hubbard
Description:

"Talk. Talk. My crayons talk. Yackity. Clackity. Talk. Talk. Talk." Practice rhyming and color words while enjoying this exuberant book.

Old Black Fly
Artist/Author/Cast:
Aylesworth, Jim; Gammell, Stephen (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Aylesworth
Description:

This fly is on an alphabetical rampage through the house, leaving destruction all around him.

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