Staff Picks

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)

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A Beach Day     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. 

A Beautiful Feast For a Big King Cat     A Beautiful Feast For a Big King Cat    
John Archambault
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ar)

A little mouse who habitually teases a cat must use his wits to avoid being eaten.

A House Is a House for Me     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.

A Summer Day     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.  

A Winter Day     A Winter Day    
Douglas Florian
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fl)

A family enjoys a winter day of relaxation and fun.

Africa Calling : Nighttime Falling     Africa Calling : Nighttime Falling    
Dan Adlerman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ad)

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

Barnyard Banter     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.  

Dinnertime!     Dinnertime!    
Sue Williams
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

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

Flap Your Wings and Try     Flap Your Wings and Try    
Charlotte Pomerantz
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Po)
Is It Time?     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?     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     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     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     Red Cat, White Cat    
Peter Mandel
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 428.1 Ma)
Rise and Shine!     Rise and Shine!    
Nancy White Carlstrom
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

A young girl visits all day with the animals on a farm, until it is time for them to go to sleep and await a new day. 

Sheep in a Shop     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     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     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     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.  

Sun is Falling, Night is Calling     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 Sand Sea Sail     Sun Sand Sea Sail    
Nicki Weiss
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)
Sun Song     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.

The ABC Bunny     The ABC Bunny    
Wanda Gag
    Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 411 Ga)
The Zoo at Night     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. 

There Once Was a Puffin     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!     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     Train Song    
Diane Siebert
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Si)

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

We're Rabbits!     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.     

You Push, I Ride     You Push, I Ride    
Abby Levine
    (Juvenile Board Books - Baby Book)

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