Really Good Rhyming Books
in alphabetically order
Recognizing words as a sequence of sounds is critical when learning to read. A child must possess the ability to distinguish the individual sounds that make up spoken words. Rhymes help a child notice word features; they assist in discovering common words patterns.
For more rhyming books, please read about our Dr. Suess book reviews.
- The Goodnight Train
By: June Sobel
Reading level: Toddler, Preschool and Emergent Readers
Type of Book: Hardcover
Book Review: School Library Journal stated the following, “A gentle, rhyming text intersperses train noises with a getting-ready-for-bed routine with a railroad-inspired theme. Brightly colored cartoon illustrations… will delight youngsters and have them chiming in. The acrylic-and-collage artwork curves around the spreads and encourages page turns. Clever backgrounds, including a sign that declares, Dreamland 20 winks ahead, ensure that there is plenty to look at, and the journey ends effectively with the children asleep and the words, Good night, train.”
- Llama Llama Red Pajama
By: Anna Dewdney
Reading level: Baby – Preschool
Type of Book: Hardcover and Paperback
Book review: School Library Journal stated the following about this book, “This story has a simple rhyme scheme, using natural language that children will enjoy. The large, boldly colored pictures have a grand and sweeping quality, extending out to the edges of the pages. Baby Llama’s facial expressions capture his fear and alarm wonderfully. The contrast between light and dark enhances the drama in the story. This effective read-aloud will be a popular choice for story hour and one-on-one sharing.”
Miss Mary Mack: A Hand-Clapping Rhyme
By: Mary Ann Hoberman
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Type of book: Board book, Hardcover and Paperback
Book review: My entire family enjoyed this book! My children loved the beat and I felt nostalgic while reading it. This is a great sing-a-long story filled with rhymes and clapping – can’t ask for much more in this type of book. Unfortunately, the book did not contain a lot of sight words, only 61%. However, what it lacked in sight word content, it made up through rhymes – another important concept for emergent readers. Our local library recommended the author, Mary Ann Hoberman, for children entering kindergarten and first grade.
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