Rhyme Time for Ages 3–5 and Caregivers

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Not only are rhymes lots of fun to hear and say, they also serve as building blocks for reading readiness. Rhymes help children notice the sounds in words and encourage play with those sounds--important steps toward becoming a reader. Filled with clever and creative rhyming stories and poems, this varied list of titles is sure to delight.

Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.

  • The Honeybee

    2018 by Hall, Kirsten

    Illustrations and rhyming text follow endangered honeybees through the year as they forage for pollen and nectar, communicate with others at their hive, and make honey.

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  • Frog on a Log?

    2015 by Gray, Kes

    In rhyming text, Cat explains why Frog has to sit on a log, even if he finds it uncomfortable.

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  • Jamberry

    1983 by Degen, Bruce

    A little boy walking in the forest meets a big lovable bear who takes him on a delicious berry-picking adventure in the magical world of Berryland.

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  • There's a Bear on My Chair

    2016 by Collins, Ross

    Poor Mouse! Bear has settled in his favorite chair and that chair just isn’t big enough for two.

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  • A Greyhound, a Groundhog

    2017 by Jenkins, Emily

    A tongue twister featuring a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog who work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another.

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  • Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months

    1962 by Sendak, Maurice

    This rhyming book cleverly uses a little boy’s love for soup to teach children the months of the year and features Sendak’s imaginative drawings and lyrical verses.

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  • This Is the Nest That Robin Built

    2018 by Fleming, Denise

    A cumulative rhyme about the animals who help Robin build her nest.

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  • Fur, Feather, Fin: All of Us Are Kin

    2018 by Lang, Diane

    A rhyming tour through the amazing animal kingdom, from mammals to millipedes and everything in between.

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  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies

    2009 by Thomas, Jan

    As three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger.

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  • Hello, Door

    2018 by Heim, Alastair

    Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a fox as he enters a home and walks through, greeting and taking various objects, until the owners return.

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  • The Gruffalo

    2006 by Donaldson, Julia

    A mouse invents stories of the Gruffalo in order to scare other animals away from eating him. When a real Gruffalo shows up, what will he do?

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  • We Go Together!

    2007 by Dunn, Todd

    A rhyming picture book with pairs of things that go together exceptionally well, like horse and wagon and fire and dragon.

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  • Here Comes Mother Goose


    More than 60 traditional nursery rhymes, including “Old Mother Hubbard,” “I’m a Little Teapot,” and “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” accompanied by illustrations of various animals.

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  • Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young


    A collection of more than 200 short poems by both known and anonymous American and English Authors.

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  • Stop Pop

    2013 by Ziefert, Harriet

    Combining simple rhymes with bright and colorful illustrations, this series of skill-building stories invites young readers to become familiar with word families that share similar long and short vowel sounds. Great for emerging readers and rhyme lovers alike! Other series titles include Quack Shack, Ice Mice, Frog Jog, Snow Bow, Pig Wig, Crab Cab, Wet Pet, and Snake Cake.

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