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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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!

Slinky Malinki
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dodd, Lynley (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Dodd
Description:

"Slinky Malinki was blacker than black, a stalking and lurking adventurous cat!" You'll love reading about Slinky's nighttime adventures!

The Snail and the Whale
Artist/Author/Cast:
Donaldson, Julia; Scheffler, Axel (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Donaldson
Description:

A humpback whale makes friends and has adventures with a tiny snail.

Some Smug Slug
Artist/Author/Cast:
Edwards, Pamela Duncan; Cole, Henry (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Edwards
Description:

Snort out loud at the surprise ending for this smug slug — as you practice finding and hearing the letter "s".

Tanka Tanka Skunk!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Webb, Steve
Call Number:
J821.009 W3688t 2004
Description:

Tanka the elephant and Skunk the skunk play the drums, finding music in the sounds of the other animals' names.

Ten Little Caterpillars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Martin, Bill, Jr., Bill; Ehlert, Lois (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Martin
Description:

Follow ten little caterpillars on their adventures.

There's a Wocket in My Pocket
Artist/Author/Cast:
Seuss, Dr. (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JER Seuss
Description:

This boy has some crazy creatures living in his house!

Uno, Dos, Tres = One, Two, Three
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mora, Pat; Lavallee, Barbara (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Mora
Description:

A simple counting book about two little girls in a Mexican market who are buying presents for their mother.

Wiggle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cronin, Doreen; Menchin, Scott (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Cronin
Description:

This fun story describes all the ways you can wiggle!

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