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 phonemic 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.
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.
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!
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.)
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!
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!
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!
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.)
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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