35 Children’s Books That Rhyme

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We love to read books anywhere, anytime…

but our favorite books are the ones that rhyme.

Here’s a collection, some silly, some sweet…

some about giraffes, french toast, and even stinky feet.


35 Children's Picture Books that Rhyme

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This one tops our list because it is my daughter’s favorite book of the moment.

Will Nanette get her baguette? You bet! Follow Nanette on her first trip to get a baguette from baker Juliette.

Nanette’s Baguettes by Mo Willems


The kind-hearted witch in this story always has room for one more on her broom even if her cat disagrees.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson


This is a wonderfully silly book about the weird things that happen to our bodies like loosing teeth and our hair falling out. This is sure to make the kiddos chuckle while reinforcing that all of these strange things are normal.

Parts by Ted Arnold


There are so many Dr. Seuss books to choose from filled with fun and nonsensical rhymes. This one is truly on of my favorites.

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss


This story about a farmer with a stinky problem is cute, funny and filled with clever play on words that are great for opening up dialogue between you and your child.

Farmer Pete Has Stinky Feet by Kim Uliana

If cats sit on mats and hares sit on chairs, what does a frog sit on? It sits on a log of course. Also check out ‘Dog on a Frog’.

Frog on a Log by Kes Gray and Jim Field (Illustrator)


This was my husband’s favorite book to read our daughter. It is just a fun read with all of its repetition and rhymes.

A Fly Went By by Mike Mike McClintock and Fritz Siebel (Illustrator)

The race is on. Who will get to the last of the syrup first? Will it be Lady Pancake or Sir French Toast? Find out in this charming book.

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk and Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)


This is a must read and a new favorite of ours. Why does a book make a better pet than a cat or a dog? Read and find out in this delightful tale of a little boy with a very unusual pet.

My Pet Book by Bob Staake


That Sam-I-Am! In this classic Dr. Seuss tale, Sam-I-Am tries to get his friend to try something new. Will he try it? Will he like it?

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The whole Llama Llama series is wonderful, but we do love the Llama waiting for his mama in his red pajama.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

This little artist’s creativity cannot be stifled in this colorful book set to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More.”

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow (Illustrator)


Every parent and teacher needs this one for their book shelf. The kids love the rhymes and it is a great tool for learning your ABCs.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault and Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)


What exactly is a Gruffalo? Ask the clever mouse who describes every detail of his large friend to keep away the other creatures in the woods.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

I am a huge Shel Silverstein fan. Where the Sidewalk Ends is still one of my favorite books to read. His silly poetry always makes me smile and so does this book.

A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein

With it’s beautiful illustrations and fun and easy to read rhymes, this has been a family favorite for years.

Steam Train Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

This classic book is so popular that it boasts its own series of books, a cartoon and a live action film of the same name.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

How do your little dinosaurs say goodnight? This darling book is great for bedtime and very relatable to anyone that has ever had trouble getting their little dinosaurs to sleep.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (Illustrator)

Here is another one by Julia Donaldson. As you can tell we adore her. How will Stickman make it back to his family tree after he is taken away by a dog playing fetch. Follow him on adventure after adventure as he tries to find his way home.

Stickman by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

It’s got aliens. It’s got underpants. Enough said.

Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Illustrator)

This is not your usual Dr. Seuss book, but this beautiful and colorful book is wonderful for teaching emotions.

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss (Illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher)


Silly Sally went to town and met some fun and silly friends along her way.

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Giraffes can’t dance or can they? With bright and fun illustrations this story will delight children and adults alike.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator)

This is a classic bedtime story that is a must have for every little one’s book shelf.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

Miss Spider wants to throw a tea party. The problem is everyone is scared of spiders. What will Miss Spider do?

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

This classic story has colorful and adorable creatures along with a wise and important message.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Sing along with Miss Lucy in this popular nursery rhyme inspired book.

The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Westcott

This is perfect for beginning readers. The story is simple and easy to read and the illustrations are lovely.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple

This is one of my personal childhood favorites. This talented and spotted creature just can’t understand why they won’t put him in the zoo.

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

This is another great book for beginning readers. The sentences and rhymes are short and easy and offer illustrations in the midst of the sentences that will help your children on their way.

I Can’t Said the Ant by Polly Cameron

This is the quintessential beginner’s book for kids. Its bold colors, illustrations and easy rhymes make it a favorite of infants and toddlers.

Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.

Catchy and fun and filled with lots of silly berry rhymes.

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

These goofy little dust bunnies love to rhyme and they do. This book is a great way to teach rhymes. The kids will enjoy the silliness of it and the bright, bold illustrations.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

The grapes are wearing capes and there are bananas in the cabana, but the orange is really hoping that we find something that rhymes with orange.

Nothing Rhymes With Orange by Adam Rex

The illustrations and rhymes in this book are wonderful. This book has an ending that not all will like due to the duck’s selfish nature, but I find it to be a great teaching opportunity.

Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough


What are some of your favorite rhyming books? Please share with us.


35 Children's Picture Books that Rhyme


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