Research indicates that phonological awareness is the best predictor of the ease of early reading acquisition (Stanovich, 1986). However, it is important to remember that children need to develop all aspects of language and literacy awareness in order to become successful readers (Chapman, 2003).
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References (Please forgive my lack of APA formatting...it is hard on a blog)Stanovich, K.E. (1986). Matthew effects in reading: Some consequences of individual differences in the acquisition of literacy. Reading Research Quarterly, 21, 360-406.
Chapman, M. L. (2003). Phonemic awareness: Clarifying what we know and implications for practice. Literacy Teaching and Learning, 7, 91-114.