Predictable Books: Rhyme

These books are examples of stories that incorporate rhyme.

"Predictable books are those which, by virtue of the book's pattern, children can successfully anticipate the next word or next sentence. Their predictability encourages participation and engages children's minds. Often, these books make heavy use of rhyme or repetition." - Ready for Reading (Juvenile Parent/Teacher Resource Room - J 372.58 Bi)


Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
The ABC Bunny

Wanda Gag
Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 411 Ga)
Africa Calling : Nighttime Falling

Daniel Adlerman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ad)

A girl imagines herself in Africa with lions, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, zebras, and other animals. 


Barnyard Banter

Denise Fleming
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 636 Fl)

All the farm animals are where they should be, clucking and mucking, mewing and cooing, except for the missing goose. It's another cacophonous morning on the farm. From pasture to hayloft, cows moo, kittens mew, hens cluck, and pigs muck. As energetic text filled with rhyming barnyard noises invite young readers to chime in. This exuberant picture book, created with distinctive handmade-paper illustrations, bursts with color, texture, and playful sounds.  


A Beach Day

Douglas Florian
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fl)

Describes simply how one family enjoys a day at the beach. Includes a list of seashells for which to look. 


Dinnertime!

Sue Williams
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

One by one, six little rabbits escape a hungry fox.


A House Is a House for Me

Mary Ann Hoberman
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ho)

Lists in rhyme the dwellings of various animals and things.


Is It Time?

Marilyn Janovitz
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ja)

Rhyming questions and answers lead Ted the wolf from his bath into bed.     


Is Your Mama a Llama?

Deborah Guarino
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gu)

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.   


Jake Baked the Cake

B.G. Hennessy
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

To prepare for the wedding, Sally Price buys the rice, the best man hires a band, Mr. Fine paints a sign, and Jake bakes a magnificent cake.


Night House, Bright House

Monica Wellington
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

During the night, all the objects in the house wake up and cause an uproar. 


Red Cat, White Cat

Peter Mandel
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 428.1 Ma)
Sheep in a Shop

Nancy Shaw
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

Sheep hunt for a birthday present and make havoc of the shop, only to discover they haven't the money to pay for things.     


Sheep on a Ship

Nancy Shaw
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

Sheep on a deep-sea voyage run into trouble when it storms and are glad to come paddling into port.   


Shoes

Elizabeth Winthrop
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Win)

A survey of the many kinds of shoes in the world concludes that the best of all are the perfect natural shoes that are your feet.


Silly Sally

Audrey Wood
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

A rhyming story of Silly Sally, who makes many friends as she travels to town--backwards and upside down.  


A Summer Day

Douglas Florian
(Juvenile Picture Book - Ej Fl)

A family takes a trip to the country and enjoys a summer day of relaxation and fun.  


Sun is Falling, Night is Calling

Laura Leuck
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

Rhyming text and illustrations describe the day's end as a mother puts her child to bed.    


Sun Song

Jean Marzollo
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mar)

Animals and plants respond to the sun's changing light over the course of a single day.


There Once Was a Puffin

Florence Page Jaques
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ja)

A lonely puffin, living on an island in the bright blue sea, makes friends with some fishes.    


There's a COW in the Road!

Reeve Lindbergh
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Li)

A girl preparing for school is surprised by the number of barnyard animals gathering in the road outside.


Train Song

Diane Siebert
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Si)

Rhymed text and illustrations describe the journey of a transcontinental trains.


We're Rabbits!

Lisa Westberg Peters
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pe)

Rabbits invade a young gardener's garden in the hopes of finding carrots to eat.     


A Winter Day

Douglas Florian
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fl)

A family enjoys a winter day of relaxation and fun.


You Push, I Ride

Abby Levine
(Juvenile Board Books - Baby Book)

Rhymed text and illustrations describe the activities of a little pig's day. 


The Zoo at Night

Martha Robinson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ro)

Describes what happens at the zoo when night falls and all the people leave.