The Best Picture Books to Teach Phonological Awareness

Teach phonological awareness skills with picture books

To develop phonemic and phonological awareness, kindergarten and first-grade students must demonstrate an understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, manipulate, identify, and work with individual sounds in spoken language. Phonological awareness includes identifying words that rhyme, sentence segmentation, and identifying syllables in words and onsets and rimes.

Picture books can help pre-readers and emergent readers learn about sounds in spoken words including rhyming and alliteration. When we are building phonological awareness we are focusing on sounds and playing with those sounds.  As teachers, it makes perfect sense to pair a read-aloud with our phonological awareness work.

Here are some of my favorite kindergarten read-aloud books that can be used to assist in the teaching of phonemic and phonological awareness.
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Picture Books for Teaching Alliteration

Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of a word. It is a wonderful way to help develop an awareness of sounds. These alliteration picture books are truly fun to read.

Picture Books for Teaching Syllables

These books help establish an understanding of syllables in unique and interactive ways.
  1. Tanka Tanka Skunk
  2. The Word Collector
  3. Runny Babbit

Picture Books for Teaching Phoneme Manipulation

Phoneme manipulation is the ability to modify, change, or move the individual sounds in a word. The following books are perfect for working with phoneme manipulation.
  1. Runny Babbit
  2. Hooway for Wodney Wat
  3. Cock-a-doodle Moo 
  4. Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!

Picture Books for Teaching Sound Discrimination

Many Marvelous Monsters and Did You Take the B from My _ook are two books that can be used for sound discrimination.

Rhyming Books

Recognizing rhyming words is a basic level of phonemic awareness. Children who can recognize rhyme, learn that words are made up of separate parts. Rhyming requires children to listen closely to sounds within wordsLearn more about using Rhyming books in this blog post. 12 Picture Books That Teach Rhyming

Adding picture books that serve a purpose to your daily read-aloud is an excellent way to build phonological awareness. Be sure to pin this post for reference later.
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