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?”

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:
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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.

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.

Louella Mae, She`s Run Away!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alarcón, Karen Beaumont; Litzinger, Rosanne (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Alarcon
Description:

Oh no! Louella Mae has run away. No one can find her!

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.

Shhhhh! Everybody`s Sleeping
Artist/Author/Cast:
Markes, Julie; Parkins, David (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Markes
Description:

It's time to sleep, no matter what kind of job you do!

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