Make Some Time for Stories in Rhyme!

By Mary Michell

Want to make reading together even more fun? Add some rhyming picture books to the mix! Well-written rhymes are easy to read, hear, and remember and offer lots of giggles when you and your little one say them together. Here are some of the very best.

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    2009 by Martin, Bill

    Jazzed-up alphabet letters race up to the top of a tree with wild, laugh-inducing results. This one will make you want to get up and dance!

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  • Green Eggs and Ham

    1988 by Seuss

    How many ways can you say no to a meal? Turns out Dr. Seuss has thought of about 20—and they're all in rhyme! This easy reader also makes a great picture book for you and your child to recite together. There's a lot of suspense, too: Will our protagonist finally take a bite of the green eggs and ham Sam is offering? Read and find out!

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  • Madeline

    1967 by Bemelmans, Ludwig

    "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." So begins this classic tale of a little girl who has a very big adventure. Perfect verse, great pictures, and wonderful characters will have you reading this one over and over!

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  • Bear Snores On

    2002 by Wilson, Karma

    This story of a hibernating bear is one of my go-tos for storytime. Bear is napping and unaware that his cave has become a shelter from the cold for all his friends. What will happen when he wakes up? Karma Wilson's rhymes are unforgettable—and a joy to read.

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  • Llama Llama Red Pajama

    2005 by Dewdney, Anna

    In simple, free-flowing verse and drawings that perfectly capture the emotional highs and lows of a toddler's life, Anna Dewdney tells the story of a little llama whose bedtime is turned upside down when he calls his mama—and she doesn't come right away!

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  • Barnyard Dance!

    1993 by Boynton, Sandra

    It's time for the annual square dance, but only animals are invited! Sandra Boynton writes a catchy, rhythmic story that will have you wanting to kick your heels up along with the horse, the cow, and the pig!

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  • My Very First Mother Goose


    Don't forget that some of the very best rhymes are found in Mother Goose collections. And each one of these poems is its own mini-story. Read them together and soon your toddler will have them all memorized!

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  • The Snail and the Whale

    2004 by Donaldson, Julia

    A tiny snail longs for adventure in a story about following your heart. Julia Donaldson's rhythmic verse is perfect for the younger set. Grown-ups will love it too!

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