Rhyming Picture Books

If you’re looking for the best rhyming picture books, you’re in the right spot! Here’s a wonderful selection of books that you can enjoy with your children. These books are enjoyable in their own right, but as a side benefit, rhyming books also help develop phonological awareness, which is an important precursor to reading.

Read a brief synopsis of each book below, then download my free library list to take with you on your next visit to the library.

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Edward the Emu
by Sheena Knowles

In delightful rhyming couplets, Sheena Knowles spins the tale of Edward, an emu who has decided that life as an emu is simply a bore! But after trying out life as a seal, a lion, and even a snake, Edward realizes that maybe life as an emu isn’t so bad after all. (Click for my full review of Edward the Emu.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
by Jane Yolen

If you have a child in your home who is a master staller when bedtime rolls around, you might want to get your hands on a copy of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? This hilarious rhyming picture book just may convince your little one that his I-don’t-want-to-go-to-bed antics aren’t acceptable…even for a dinosaur!

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The Pout-Pout Fish
by Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen’s The Pout-Pout Fish is a perfect read-aloud. The repetition, rhyming, onomatopoeia, and even some pretty big words are perfectly placed in this fun book. Your child won’t even realize he’s swimming in a sea of language concepts. (Click for my full review of The Pout-Pout Fish.)

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Llama Llama Red Pajama
by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Red Pajama does wonderful double duty as a rhyming picture book and a perfect book for bedtime. The lilting rhythm and rhyme of Anna Dewdney’s story will gently quiet your restless little one while reminding him that he doesn’t need to be afraid. It’s a security blanket in the form of a picture book—perfection!

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies
by Jan Thomas

The cast of characters in Rhyming Dust Bunnies—Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob—have a little problem: Bob doesn’t rhyme. But despite Bob’s inability to conform, this book is the perfect introduction to rhyming. And though Bob’s words don’t rhyme, his slightly out-of-sync words might be trying to tell his friends something very important!

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The Snatchabook
by Helen and Thomas Docherty

Another perfect picture book for bedtime, The Snatchabook has a bit of everything—softly flowing rhymes, a dose of mystery, and a dollop of sweet sentiment. The story begins in a little town where “in every house, in every bed, a bedtime book is being read.” But when a bedtime book goes missing, there’s a big mystery to solve!

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

The lilting cadence of a construction site going through its bedtime rituals will help power down your child’s engine and encourage sweet dreams. With its gentle rhymes, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site quiets your little truck lover to get him ready for bed. (Click for my full review of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.)

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The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson

Don’t let this mouse’s size deceive you: he can tell a whopping tall tale when his hide is on the line—and in The Gruffalo, his hide is on the line a lot. But his tale of the enormous Gruffalo helps this cunning mouse talk his way out of all sorts of tight spots. And in the end, it may be the Gruffalo’s hide on the line.

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Ada Twist Scientist
by Andrea Beaty

Think a girl can’t be a scientist? Just ask lady scientists Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie…or Ada Marie Twist! This rhyming book is about a girl whose curiosity can’t be squelched…not by her frazzled parents or by her somewhat flummoxed teacher. But then, maybe Ada’s constant questions and chaos are a sign that she’s going to be something special!

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Barnyard Dance
by Sandra Boynton

Get ready for a Barnyard Dance! You’ll be bowing with the horses, twirling with the pigs, and spinning with the chickens. You’ll be stomping, clapping, bouncing, strutting, sliding, promenading, and trotting. With an oink and a moo, and a quack, quack, quack, Sandra Boynton’s catchy rhythm and rhyme is simply irresistible.

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Big Red Barn
by Margaret Wise Brown

From sunrise to sunset, the Big Red Barn is just teeming with activity! There are pigs and horses, sheep and goats, geese and cows. There’s a bantam rooster and a little bantam hen. And of course, there’s an old black cat and a big red dog. Margaret Wise Brown’s rhyming barnyard classic is just perfect! Join the fun!

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Fox Walked Alone
by Barbara Reid

When Fox wakes from a nap, he sees an unusual sight. Animals of all kinds are passing by. He has no idea where they’re headed, but the foreboding skies and whistling wind convince Fox he had better tag along. Two by two, the animals continue on their way…with more animals joining as they go. Where do you think the animals are going?

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Guess Again!
by Mac Barnett

Children love to rhyme, and they love to giggle too, and Mac Barnett’s delightful picture book will have your little ones rhyming and giggling all at the same time. You see…this is not your ordinary rhyming book! That’s because just when you think you’ve figured out the rhyming word that comes next, you turn the page and … Guess Again!

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If I Were a Lion
by Sarah Weeks

Delightfully entertaining watercolor illustrations accompany a sweet rhyming story about a little girl banished to the time-out chair. Her mother thinks she’s wild, but she’s not so sure. Lions are wild. Bears are wild. Whales, wolves, and tigers are wild. Can the little girl convince her mother that she’s not so wild after all?

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Iggy Peck Architect
by Andrea Beaty

Young Iggy Peck is an architect. From the time he was two, Iggy has been building things. He built a tower with diapers and glue and a sphinx from clods of dirt. He built churches and chapels from peaches and apples and a castle with chalk. But not everyone is impressed with Iggy’s skills…at least not until he builds a bridge that saves the day!

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by Ludwig Bemelmans

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. And one of those little girls is Madeline. First published in 1939, this beloved rhyming picture book has been making children smile for decades. Its delightful plot and predictable rhyme make Madeline the perfect bedtime read-aloud!

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Over in the Meadow
by Olive A. Wadsworth

You may find your library shelves filled with wonderful versions of Over in the Meadow, a classic nursery song from the late 1800s. This delightful version places Olive A. Wadsworth’s frolicsome poem alongside brightly-colored illustrations by Anna Vojtech. It’s an engaging exercise in counting and rhyming that you and your child will both love.

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Ten on the Sled
by Kim Norman

There were ten in the bed, and the little one said, “Roll over, roll over!” Sound familiar? If so, you’re in for a treat with this adorable rhyming picture book that features a giant sled, a snowy hillside, and a forest-full of animals (ten to be exact). This is a one rhyming picture book you may find yourself singing instead of reading!

FREE Rhyming Picture Books Library List:

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Rhyming Picture Books Recommended by Our Readers

  • Solomon Shag by Daphne Doward Hogstrom (Recommended by Merry Marinello, AALP Customer Care)
  • The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen (Recommended by Renée M. LaTulippe, AALP, Editor)
  • May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice de Regniers (Recommended by Venus Wood via Facebook)
  • Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg (Recommended by Margo Gertsma Hodgins via Facebook)
  • Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen (Recommended by Jodi Pedigo Ghere via Facebook)
  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle (Recommended by Heather Wikle Gonzales via Facebook)
  • Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley (Recommended by Jennifer Kauffman Figueroa via Facebook)
  • I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian (Recommended by Jamey Cicconetti Hatter via Facebook)
  • Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker/Tom Lichtenheld (Recommended by SF via blog comment)
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I’m convinced that reading to my children quality literature is the most beneficial way they can learn while they are young. I really appreciate the book lists available. I’ll be checking out new titles!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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We agree, and even recommend continuing to read aloud to your children after they are reading well themselves. Have fun reading!

Elizabeth Beer


Thanks for these suggestions! My kids all love Dr Seuss books.



Llama llama is a favorite at our house!



I have read most of these with my boys and will have to see if my library has any of the others. Great post and thanks for the recommendations.

Melanie W


Thanks for these great recommendations! We will definitely check them out.



We love the Llama books at our house, except for the Holiday Drama one, which seems to miss the point of Christmas.



I enjoy a good rhyming book especially with the very young children. My oldest daughter would sit and listen to book after book and read about 12 pictures books in one sitting at one and two years old. Now that she is four, we are expanding her listening comprehension and vocabulary as we have read Anne or Green Gables and are finishing Anne of Avonlea…such rich word treasures in those books. It is a picture book in its own right as the words so vividly paint pictures in your mind as you read. I love reading to my children!

Dominique Jackson


We absolutely love Llama, Llama books here! My daughter struggled with rhyming even after she started reading fluently. Rhyming books allow her to participate in the story and hear the rhythm of rhyming words over and over again.

Marie Rippel

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Books are just a treasure in regards to exposing kids to literary concepts without them even knowing about it! I’m thankful that rhyming books have been so helpful for you and your daughter. (We’re big fans of the Llama, Llama books around here too! And for good reason!)



Fantastic information! I will be homeschooling our 5 year old next school year. I’ve been interested in your program but have never used it! Language arts is not my area of expertise! Your program looks easy to use and well structured. You can tell you love what you do! It’s written in all you share with us!!!

Marie Rippel

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Marisol, thanks for your kind words! Let us know if there is anything we can do to help as you start homeschooling your 5 year old. Enjoy your time teaching!!!

Michelle T


My kids love a lot of the rhyming Dr. Seuss books!



Great list! Thank you!

Marie, what a great post! Thank you for including The Pout-Pout Fish, and for your kind words about the book.

Best Fishes and Happy Reading to all!
Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

Hi Debbie! My daughter brought your book to my attention–she loves to share it with children she babysits for. The Pout-Pout Fish makes the PERFECT read-aloud! Thanks for writing it!



“Guess Again” by Mac Barnett. You think it’s going to rhyme, but the answer doesn’t. The next step for those kids who are used to rhyming books and can anticipate the rhyme.

We also love “Steam Train, Dream Train” by the “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” authors.

Kendra Rippel


It’s not just you who’s obsessed with everything by Sherri Duskey Rinker. You’re in good company. It’s so hard to pick a favorite amongst her books. “Steam Train, Dream Train” and “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” are rhyming bedtime perfection!

P.S. Have you read any of Mac Barnett’s other books? (“Counting the Monkeys?” “Extra Yarn?” “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole?”)

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