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Early Literacy Booklists

Research has shown that there are Six Early Literacy Skills which help prepare children to learn to read. The materials on these lists have been selected by Children's Services Librarians for being exceptional in helping to develop these skills. You may check out the Early Literacy Kit that has all of the books, a parent guide and DVD / CD, or you may check out the books individually.

Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness refers to a child's ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. To develop this skill, look for books with rhyme and rhythm, poetry, songs that have been made into books, and books with animal sounds or other silly sounds. Nursery rhymes and fingerplays are also fun ways to help develop this skill!

Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
KIT J372.452 EARLY Kits for Kids: Early Literacy: Phonological Awareness
Books to help children acquire skills they need to learn to read. This kit fosters a child's interest in and enjoyment of books.
J398.8 OPIE Opie, Iona My Very First Mother Goose
A collection of more than sixty nursery rhymes including "Hey Diddle, Diddle," "Pat-a-Cake," "Little Jack Horner," and "Pussycat, Pussycat."
JE BROWN Brown, Margaret Wise Bunny's Noisy Book
A little bunny listens to noises all around him and then makes some of his own.
JE CARLS Carlstrom, Nancy White Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Rhymed text and illustrations describe Jesse Bear's activities from morning to bedtime.
JE FOX Fox, Mem Time for Bed
As darkness falls parents everywhere try to get their children ready for sleep.
JE ROOT Root, Phyllis One Duck Stuck
In this counting book, increasingly larger groups of animals try to help a duck that is stuck in the sleepy, slimy marsh.
JE SHAW Shaw, Nancy Sheep in a Jeep
Records the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.
JE SLATE Slate, Joseph Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.
JE TABAC Taback, Simms There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Picture book based on the traditional folk song.

If you need help finding these or other Library materials, please check with anyone in Children's Services. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

This list was created by and is maintained by Children's Services Librarians.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at

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