Books that Rhyme

These books are perfect for toddler and young child storytimes because of the rhyming text. The rhyming text makes them an easy and fun read aloud that will engage the whole group.

Baby Danced the Polka

Citation: Beaumont, K. (2004). Baby Danced the Polka. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. Ages: 2-5 Grades: PreK Description: This ALA Notable Children's Book features one un-sleepy baby who wants to skip nap time to dance with animals at the farm.  Uses: Baby Danced the Polka could be used for a baby or toddler Read More

How Do You Wokka-Wokka?

Citation: Bluemle, E. (2009). How Do You Wokka-Wokka? Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. Ages: 3 - 7 Grades: PreK - 2nd Description: How Do You Wokka-Wokka? encourages readers to get moving and learn how to wokka along to the beat of the text through rhymes and images. Readers are invited to join the characters in the book for Read More

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Citation: McQuinn, A. (2011). If you're happy and you know it! Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books. Ages: 4 - 8 Grades: PreK - 3 Description:  In this book, McQuinn covers all of the lyrics of the original If You're Happy and You Know It song.  On each page, children from around the world dance along to the Read More

Up, Down, and Around

Citation: Ayres, K. (2008). Up, down, and around. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. Ages: 2 - 5 Grades: PreK - Kindergarten Description:  Up, Down, and Around is a wonderful introduction to gardening and planting food. The book pairs simple, rhythmic text with vibrant images of children exploring the growth of crops such as corn and pumpkins in a garden.  Read More

The Gingerbread Man

Citation: Schmidt, K. (1985). The Gingerbread Man. New York: Scholastic, Inc. Ages: 4 - 8  Grades: PreSchool - 3rd Description: This classic nursery rhyme comes to life with the bright illustrations of Karen Schmidt. The storyline and rhyme follow a gingerbread man who, after being freshly baked and jumping out of the oven, out runs everybody, until he Read More

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo

Citation: Andreae, G. (2004). Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo. Wilton, CT: Tiger Tales.  Ages: 5-6 Grades: PreK - 1st  Description:  In Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo bright images of animals on a farm are accompanied with rhyming text and descriptions of the actions being performed by each animal. Readers are invited to "gooble gobble" with a turkey or "skip skip" with Read More

Hop, Hop, Jump!

Citation: Thompson, L. (2012). Hop, hop, jump! New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books. Age: 3 - 8 Grades: PreK-3rd  Description:  Hop, Hop, and Jump!, with its bright illustrations and rhythmic text, is sure to get kids up and moving. Each page features children demonstrating different activities, such as jumping, twisting, hopping, and waggling. Thompson’s text also emphasizes each Read More

Barnyard Dance!

Citation: Boynton, S. (1993). Barnyard dance!. Workman Publishing Co. Ages: 1 - 4 Grades: PreK  Description:  Boynton's Barnyard Dance! is one of the best selling children's books of all time. With it's catchy rhymes, playful illustrations, and funky dance steps, Barnyard Dance! invites readers and listeners onto the farm for a hoedown. Readers can join the farm animals, Read More


Citation: Van Fleet, M. (2017). Dance. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Ages: 2 and up Grades: PreK - Up Description: In Dance, a baby chick learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals. The book includes jazzy rhymes such as "First thing Chickie Baby just wiggle your hips, and do Read More

Dinosaur Dance!

Citation: Boynton, S. (2016). Dinosaur Dance! New York, NY: Little Simon Books. Ages: 1 - 6 Grades: PreSchool - 2nd Description: Dinosaur Dance! encourages readers to dance along with prehistoric creatures in this interactive, fun board book. Uses: This board book can be used by parents or teachers to promote physical activity among young readers. Readers can mimic Read More

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