Reading aloud with your children is one of the best ways to prepare them for future reading success. Shared Book Reading helps your child develop language, build comprehension and learn more about print (see our Top 10 List of Books to Read Aloud with Your Young Child through Shared Book Reading). Shared Book Reading also helps children raise their knowledge of Phonological Awareness, the understanding that our spoken language may be broken into smaller parts: sentences into words, words into syllables and syllables into individual sounds.
Phonological Awareness is a progression of skills that help children become aware of the individual sounds of our language and eventually code these sounds to the letter
Many children’s books have wonderful rhymes and many alliterations that help children to hear the same sound at the beginning of words. Our BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® coordinator, Brenda Buzzell, recommends some books that will help promote Phonological Awareness while reading. Here are 10 great stories to help get you started:
• Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrede and Guy Parker-Rose
• Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
• In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
• Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
• Jamberry by Bruce Deegan
• One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
• Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw
• Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel
• Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
• Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
In addition to reading with your child, there are a lot of fun games you can play together to promote Phonological Awareness as well, 5 Games for Busy Parents to Help Their Young Child Learn to Read .