Picture books often have lots of rhythm and rhyme, which help children hear the sounds of language. This gives children a good foundation for distinguishing sounds in reading.
To get in a rhyming mood, do this fun fingerplay together before reading a favorite dog-related picture book.
Five little puppies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.)
This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.)
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.)
Move Over Rover by Karen Beaumont
I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion