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I often get requests for book recommendations for young children that support Phonological and Phonemic Awareness. Both of these skills are anchored in oral language. We want children to be able to focus on and manipulate sounds. We want them to be able to do this with larger chunks (rhymes, word parts, etc.) and to also be able to isolate individual sounds. Songs and stories are often great ways to play with sounds as you work with these skills. This week I’ll share some books that are fun to share with young children (and children of all ages) as they learn to play with and manipulate sounds in words.
I have to start with an oldie, but goodie–Tanka Tanka Skunk! I think we went through at least two copies of this book when my daughter was young. It is such a fun read aloud and it never seems to get old! The rhythm and breaking apart of syllables in words while reading this one make it perfect for young children. The illustrations are great fun and invite lots of good conversation.
I just discovered this new book The Sound Bites at a local bookstore. This is a fun story with lots of sound and word part play throughout. Authored by a Speech Language Pathologist, the book introduces letter sounds and also plays with alliteration and more throughout. The author shares great tips for caregivers at the end of the book.
There are never enough rhyming books to share with young children. One Hug, Cool Cuts and Moo Hoo are three of my recent favorites as the rhymes and rhythm work well for young children. The humor in Moo Hoo is an added bonus! All are great choices for reading aloud to young children–whether at home or in a classroom.
I love discovering new song books to share with young children. Paletero Man is a lively happy song filled with rhyme. It was created by Lucky Diaz. Pairing this book with the song recording would make for a happy day at home or at school! Of course kids will join in!
I just discovered Atticus Caticus and I can’t get over the brilliance and the fun. Readers of all ages will love this one but the play with words, the rhyme, the I just discovered these two books and I can’t get over the brilliance and the fun. Readers of all ages will love Atticus Caticus because the play with words, the rhyme, the multisyllabic nonsense words all make it such fun. I love the way the words and illustrations work together to tell a fun story with such playful language ((and it is almost National Cat Day–THANKS Bookelicious for the reminder!). Look is another fun story of a day at the zoo. And it is told almost exclusively with words with the double o. I can see having fun breaking words apart, replacing the first letter, etc. after reading and enjoying this books. Kids will love these two! . #TextSet #ReadAloud
This week’s books were linked at Bookelicious and/or Cover to Cover Children’s Bookstore. If you are looking for a fabulous local children’s bookstore to support, Cover to Cover is an amazing one. We are lucky to have them in Central Ohio! If you don’t have an independent children’s bookstore in your town, check out Bookelicious. They are an online independent bookstore for children with an incredible curated collection.