Teaching Phonics with Children's Books Consonant Blends and
Suffixes, Silent Letters,
Vowel Diphthongs, and Inflectional Endings
phonics covers many different word decoding strategies. To help with
this, the following books cover a range of phonics topics, including consonant
blends or diagraphs, controlled
r, prefixes & suffixes, inflectional endings, silent letters
and vowel diphthongs...
couldn't find enough great children's books to make dedicated pages for
each individual word decoding strategy in the list above. Someday. In
the meantime, this is our 'catch
all' page for
children's books that help with many facets of teaching phonics.
The books below are
all appropriate for children in preschool,
Kinder- garten, 1st grade, and/or 2nd grade. Considering the importance
of this task, we'd love to grow this list. Please share your favorite
books for teaching phonics.
in the Gown Drives the Car... by
Cleary brings his trademark playful humor to this title
focused on r-controlled vowels and
The rhyming, repetitious text is paired with vibrant cartoon-like
digital illustrations to make this a great book for teaching phonics to
Like Reading consonant
The following books in the
Sounds Like Reading series teach blends and
diagraphs using rhyme, repetition, humor and vibrant digital
-The Frail Snail on the
-Stop, Drop, and Flop in
the Slop (blends)
-The Thing on the Wing
Can Sing (diagraphs)
-Whose Shoes Would You
The students in Mr.
Wright's class are frustrated with silent letters, so they decide to
write a letter to the local newspaper recommending they be banned. When
the letters find out, they decide to teach the class a lesson.
Reviews called this book
"so clever and fun that teachers and students will be
as Mr. Wright is about to teach his class about suffixes, he discovers
that they have disappeared from the board. The class begins
for them hanging wanted posters around the school (minus suffixes, of
course). When the suffixes realize they are wanted after all, they
leave clues to help the students find them.
and repetition work
together to create a fun story that introduces inflectional
endings like -s, -ing, and -ed. Funny and clever
text and colorful digital illustrations make this a standout
series for teaching
phonics and inflectional endings.
the Kingdom of Ying inflectional
In the Kingdom of Ying in spring, the bells ring and the frogs sing.
read-aloud story, part of the Word
series, was created to build early phonics skills by teaching children
to recognize the -ing family of words like cling, ding, shoestring,
sling, earring, and everything.
Another fun book in the
'If You Were' series--this one for teaching prefixes. In
their review, SLJ said
the "bright acrylic illustrations will help younger children visualize
each part of speech."
you know of a great children's book for teaching
phonics about consonant
blends and diagraphs, controlled
r, inflectional endings, silent letters or vowel diphthongs? If
so, please let us know by completing the Suggest a Book form, located
in the top right hand column. Thank you!