Recently the kids got two new CDs on tape and I thought about how much listening to these helps build their phonemic awareness which in turns build their reading skills. Books on tape are great to listen to anywhere and do not have to accompany the book to be beneficial to children. Most people listen to them at home along with using the book, and this is a great way to teach your child good fluency as they listen to the reader speak, as well as show the visual connection of the word to the spoken word.
One way we like to listen to our books on CD is in the car. For example, right now we have Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? in the car.
The children know that it is a book, but they do not realize that by listening to the story they are building their phonemic awareness skills. The CD helps to promote good reading skills by giving an example of good fluency (speed/accuracy of the reader), rhyming, pronunciation, tone of voice, and in the case of this story-repetition. Then at night when we read the book, the children are able to put all of these skills to use. They don't even realize that they know all the words on the page until I point to them as they read to me!