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Notes from Storytime

Nursery Rhymes

This Little PiggyRhymes are a fun way to build phonological awareness, the ability to hear the small sounds in words. Pick a favorite nursery rhyme such as “This Little Piggy” to share with your child.

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By eemerick on May 12, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Snow Poems

It's Snowing! It's Snowing!The early literacy skill of phonological awareness focuses on having your child play with and have exposure to the small parts in words, as well as hearing the beginning sounds in words. Bring this skill to life by reading It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing!: Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky. The short poems feature silly word pairings and fun imagery that will allow you and your child to play with words.

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant


By eemerick on March 3, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Stories in Rhyme

Duck in the Truck by Jez AlboroughDuck in a Truck by Jez Alborough is a great book for phonological awareness because it contains rhymes throughout the story. Rhyming is one way children can hear parts of words. While you share the book, ask your child to guess what the rhymes are. By turning this into a game, you are making learning phonological awareness fun!

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on January 6, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness


Peek-a-pet!Making animal sounds is so much fun! In the book Peek-a-Pet! by Marie Torres Cimarusti, children will have fun guessing the animal, opening the flap, and making the animal sounds. Animal sounds are a great way to develop phonological awareness skills that will help children sound out words when they are learning to read.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison


By eemerick on November 11, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Stinky Cake by Carole Peterson

Stinky CakeRhymes are fun to sing and say with your child. Singing rhymes also helps your child hear words being broken up into smaller sounds, which is part of phonological awareness. Try singing “Icky Sticky and Ooey Gooey” from the CD Stinky Cake by Carole Peterson. This song lets you guess the rhyming word coming up in the song. You can even try to make up new verses at home just by finding words that rhyme!

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on June 24, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Dancing Feet

Dancing FeetSinging songs with your child is a great way to teach them the early literacy skill of phonological awareness. When we sing, we are focusing on the sounds each part of a word makes rather than what the word means. Pop in a CD such as Carole Peterson’s Dancing Feet and children can dance and sing their way to reading!

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant


By eemerick on April 1, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Boom Bah!

Boom Bah!Part of phonological awareness is recognizing sounds and breaking words apart into the smaller sounds in them. Onomatopoeia is a great way to help children hear different sounds in words. The sound words in stories like Boom Bah! by Phil Cummings help build phonological awareness. After you finish reading the story, you could make your own band and play with the different sounds you can make. Not only will your child have fun making music, he or she will build early literacy skills!

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on February 21, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Playing With Sounds

Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and CountingIn the story Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd, each time dog gets another spot of color it is accompanied by a sound like “Swish” or “Splurt.” Have your child make these sounds with you as you read. Having children hear and make different sounds like this helps them to be able to play with the different sounds of the English language and will help them later when they are trying to sound out words to read. This is part of the skill of phonological awareness.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on December 10, 2012 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Baby’s First Words

First WordsPhonological awareness means learning about sounds in words. Even though young children do not understand the meanings of rhymes, it is important for them to hear them. By six months babies are already able to recognize the sounds of the languages they hear. They also are losing those sounds they don’t hear even though they were born able to learn to make them. Remember to talk to your children, read with them, and sing songs. All of these activities contribute to preparing children for school and reading later on.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on July 23, 2012 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Stories in Rhyme

Down by the Cool of the PoolTake advantage of every opportunity to play with rhyme and the sounds of words. Research shows that children who play with sounds of words in their preschool years are better prepared to read when they get to school. This is called phonological awareness. Share a good rhyming book with your child, such as Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on May 14, 2012 Categories: Phonological Awareness