30 Picture Books for Teaching Rhyme

30 Picture Books for Teaching Rhyme

Quality picture books are a great way to encourage a love of reading, and expose children to rich vocabulary from an early age. There are so many wonderful books for teaching rhyme.

Many rhyming books contain rich vocabulary or can be used for developing oral language and comprehension skills. Many can also be used to teach and develop social-emotional skills (e.g. All The Ways To Be Smart is one of my FAVOURITE books of all time, and Giraffes Can’t Dance is another wonderful book for teaching perseverance and determination). Some are simply silly and funny, and will have your kids laughing.

Below are some of my favourite rhyming books- a mix of books from my own childhood, silly/funny books, Australian-themed books and books which can be used to complement literature units or social/emotional skill lessons.

ALL THE WAYS TO BE SMART

One of my all-time favourite books for demonstrating the many, many different ways that kids can be smart - from kindness, to dancing, to making paper airplanes, to feeling scared but taking chances.

'Every hour of every day, we're smart in our own special way'. 

All The Ways To Be Smart

 

GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE

A great book for teaching perseverance and determination. Gerald longs to go to the great Jungle Dance, but he doesn't know how to dance. This rhyming story is all about being yourself, and finding your own tune. 

'His hooves had started shuffling, making circles on the ground. 
His neck was gently swaying and his tail was swishing round."

Giraffe's Can't Dance

THE KOALA WHO COULD

A comedic rhyming story which is all about dealing with change and overcoming worries. Kevin the Koala discovers that if you step outside your comfort zone and try new things, you might surprise yourself! 

"In a wonderful place, at the breaking of dawn,
where the breezes were soft and the sunshine was warm,
a place where the creatures ran wild and played free
A Koala called Kevin clung to a tree."

 

Koala Who Could

 

EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM

This is a childhood favourite of mine, introducing characters from well-known stories such as the Three Bears, Mother Hubbard, and Tom Thumb. The book has strong rhythm and rhyme, and the kids will love trying to find the hidden characters in the pictures. 

Each Peach Pear Plum

HAIRY MACLAREY FROM DONALDSON'S DAIRY

This book is another childhood favourite of mine! It features the characters Hairy Maclary (from Donaldson's Dairy), Hercules Morse (as big as a horse), Muffin McLay (like a bundle of hay), Bottomley Potts (covered in spots), Bitzer Maloney (all skinny and bony), and Schnitzel von Krumm (with a very low tum). 

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

 

OI FROG, OI DOG and OI CAT

These stories are full of silly animals and hilarious rhymes which the kids will love!

'Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs'.

Oi Frog!

Oi Dog!

Oi Cat!

FROG ON A LOG?

Each animal's designated seat rhymes with that animal's name (e.g. cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs). However, frog doesn't want to sit on a log! This book is lots of fun, and perfect for complementing rhyme and phonics lessons. 

Frog on a Log

DOG ON A FROG?

This is the hilarious sequel to Frog on a Log, where the frog decides that not only does he not want to sit on a log, he does not want a frog to sit on a log! So, he changes the rules. This book contains lots more hilarious animal rhyme pairings, and is another great resource to complement phonics and rhyming lessons. 

Dog on a Frog?

EDWARD THE EMU

This is another book which is great for teaching kids how to be comfortable with who they are. Edward the Emu is tired of being an emu, so he tries lounging with lions, slithering with snakes, and swimming with seals. Eventually, he realises that being an emu is the very best thing of all!

Edward the Emu

EDWINA THE EMU

A really sweet sequel to Edward the Emu. Edwina tries a variety of jobs, from chimney sweep to ballet dancer. It is again full of rhythmic, rhyming verse which will complement your rhyming lessons.

Edwina the Emu

OLGA THE BROLGA

Another book set in Australia, from the illustrator who brought us Edwina and Edward Emu. Olga the brolga is in a terrible mood. She desperately wants to dance, but no-one will dance with her. More rhythmic, rhyming verses, and beautiful illustrations from Rod Clement! 

Olga the Brolga

THE VERY CRANKY BEAR SERIES

The Very Cranky Bear, The Very Hungry Bear, and The Very Noisy Bear are much-loved stories by Nick Bland. Full of rich vocabulary and with plenty of opportunities for comprehension activities, these books are also written in rhyme, making them another great addition to your rhyming lessons!

The Very Cranky Bear

PIG THE PUG SERIES

Another much-loved series by Aaron Blabey. Whether you're reading the original (Pig the Pug) or some of the sequels (Pig the Fibber, Pig the Winner, Pig the Star, Pig the Grub or Pig the Blob), your kids will LOVE these stories, and there will be plenty of opportunities to consolidate rhyming skills too!

Pig the Pug SeriesTHE GRUFFALO

A much-loved story about a mouse taking a walk in the woods. I always love using the Gruffalo for descriptive language lessons - the kids draw their own versions of the gruffalo, based on the descriptive language in the book e.g. knobbly knees, poisonous wart at the end of his nose, purple prickles all over his back. The rhyming words will help to reinforce rhyme for your children as well. 

Gruffalo Rhyming Book

RHYMING DUST BUNNIES

The dust bunnies love to rhyme, except for poor old Bob, who can never get it right! The kids will laugh and correct Bob, and you'll be brainstorming lots of rhyming words together!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS

Aliens love underpants, but there are no underpants in space, so they've come to Earth to try and steal your underpants! The kids will be giggling while you consolidate their rhyming skills! 

Aliens Love Underpants

DR SUESS BOOKS

Dr Suess books are jam-packed full of silliness and fun. The rhyme and rhythm will help students to identify and understand rhyme. 

Dr Suess Rhyming Books

 WHO'S IN THE LOO?

Beware- this one is centred around a favourite topic of conversation for kids - toilets! It is cheeky and funny, and chockablock full of rhyme!

Who's in the loo

THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR

Bear is on Mouse's chair. Mouse tries all sorts of tactics to move Bear off the chair, from glaring, to scaring, to luring him with a pear. A fun little story with lots of rhyme. 

Bear On my Chair

NONI THE PONY

A rhyming tale which is all about friendship. 

'Noni the Pony is friendly and funny.
Her shimmering tail is the color of honey'. 

Noni the Pony
PIRANHAS DON'T EAT BANANAS
Everyone knows that piranhas don't eat bananas - except for Brian! This story is full of silliness and laughs, as well as rhyme!
Piranhas dont eat bananas
HOW MANY LEGS
This is a wonderful imaginative story full of rhyme, and kids will love trying to work out how many legs there are when different animals come to visit!
How Many Legs
LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST
Kids will love this silly rhyming tale, all about a food fight between Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast!
Lady Pancake
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast
THE RHYMING RABBIT
Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up poems, inspired by everything that he sees. But the other rabbits don't appreciate his poems. So Rhyming Rabbit sets off one night to find someone to share his poems with. This book has some beautiful descriptive language techniques, as well as a wide variety of rhyming words. 
Rhyming Rabbit
THE FOGGY FOGGY FOREST

What will we find in the foggy, foggy forest? Three brown bears on picnic chairs, a fairy queen on a trampoline, a unicorn blowing a horn, and ogre doing yoga... and so much more!
Foggy Foggy FOrest
THE TERRIBLE PLOP
All about a little rabbit who learns that some things in life aren't as scary as they seem. The rhyming text throughout will engage kids, and they'll love predicting the last word of each page!
The Terrible Plop
WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD
Two crafty robbers are trying to steal the farmer's prize cow, but Ladybird has overheard their plot and has a plan... This book is written in rhyming verse and makes a great read-aloud. 
What the ladybird heard
MONSTER TROUBLE
Winifred Schnitzel can't sleep because monsters keep invading her home - the kids will love seeing all of Winifred's crafty ideas to get the monsters to leave her alone! 
Monster Trouble

TIPS FOR TEACHING RHYME WITH PICTURE BOOKS

As you’re reading, you might like to get children to raise their hands every time they hear a word that rhymes. You could also brainstorm additional rhyming words to the ones found in the book.

Rhyme is an important part of phonological awareness as it requires children to listen closely to the sounds in words. Rhyme progresses in a variety of stages:

1.Hearing rhyme

2.Recognising rhyme

3.Producing a rhyming word- can initially be both real and nonsense words 

LOOKING FOR RHYMING RESOURCES?

You'll find plenty of rhyme resources in the Phonological Awareness section of Miss Learning Bee.