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.

Shake My Sillies Out

Citation: Raffi. (1987). Shake My Sillies Out. New York, NY: Crown Publishers. Ages: 3 months - 3 Grades: PreK Description: In Shake My Sillies Out, animals and campers in woods at Camp Mariposa are struck by the urge to shake, clap, jump, waggle, and eventually go to sleep. Uses: This book can be used by parents and Read More

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Citation:  Christelow, E. (1989). Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. New York: Clarion House.   Ages: 0 - 6 Grades:  PreKindergarten - 1st Grade Description:  Christelow's Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a classic book about counting. The monkeys jump on the bed and fall off one by one, until there are Read More

How Can You Dance?

Citation: Walton, R., & López-Escrivá, A. (2001). How Can You Dance? New York: Putnam’s. Ages: 0 - 8 Grades: PreSchool - 3 Description:  With rhyming text, How Can You Dance? asks children how they move and dance, and then compares it to the movement of an animal. For example, the book asks “How can you Read More

Dunk Skunk

Citation: Rex, M. (2005). Dunk skunk. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Ages: 2-5 Grades: PreK - K Description: Dunk Skunk is a simple story of animals engaged in different types of sports. Each page depicts the animals in action, and the story is told with simple, two word rhymes such as “Coach Roach” or “Hurdle Read More

The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids

Citation: Purperhart, H. (2008). The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House. Ages: Activities: 4 and up; Book: Grades 12 and up Grades: PreK and up Description: The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids is an educator resource for teachers, librarians, and Read More

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Citation: Power, T. (2009). The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (1st edition edition.). Pacific Palisades, CA: Stafford House. Ages: 5 and up Grades: Kindergarten and Up Description: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids uses the alphabet and rhymes to teach children different yoga poses. The book teachers children fifty-six different poses that encourage flexibility and Read More

Animal Action ABC

Citation: Pandell, K., Wolfe, A., & Sheehan, N. (1996). Animal Action ABC. New York: Dutton Children’s Books. Ages:  3 - 7 Grades: PreK - 1 Description:  Animal Action ABC is part ABC concept book, part poem about movement. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a different action verb and poem that encourages readers Read More

Pretend You’re a Cat

Citation: Marzollo, J., & Pinkney, J. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.   Ages: 4 - 8 Grades: PreK - 8 Description:  Pretend You’re a Cat invites readers and listeners to move like various animals: a cat, a dog, a fish, and a bee. Marzollo uses a repetitive rhyming Read More

The Hokey Pokey

Citation: La Prise, L., Macak, C. P., Baker, T., & Hamanaka, S. (1996). The hokey pokey. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Ages: 4 - 9 Grades: PreK - 3 Description:  In this book, La Prise covers all of the lyrics of the original Hokey Pokey song.  On each page, children Read More

Bouncing Time

Citation: Hubbell, P., & Sweet, M. (2000). Bouncing time. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.  Ages: 0 - 4 Grades: Pre-K Description: Bouncing Time is the story of a young child and her mother as they take a day trip to the zoo. The pair see different animals at the zoo: tigers tumble, while monkeys somersault.  Eventually Read More

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