Rhyming BooksRhyming books are one of the best ways to help young children develop phonemic awareness and improve their reading skills. We’ve found some great books that rhyme perfect for Kindergarten and preschool. Keep reading for our list of teacher-recommended books that rhyme that will be great additions to your library. We’ve also included a list of fun rhyming games and activities to enjoy with your child. Learning has never been so much fun!
Why Do You Need Books that Rhyme?Rhyming is fun, but it also allows your children to discover how language works. Rhyming helps children learn to break down words into smaller components. This will enable them to hear and notice how words work. Rhyming also adds fun to learning to read, which is always a good thing. Rhyme plays a crucial role in early literacy skills. Listening and talking are the essential first step in the reading process. Reading becomes easier for children when they can break down words into smaller sounds. This is known as phonemic awareness. Children who struggle in reading have a difficult time doing this. Moreover, word families are the foundation of language. Children who recognize that similar sounds are present in words they have heard before start to build a library of sounds in their brain. This will help them when they start reading more difficult words. For example, if they learn the letter a in mat sounds like, they will easily read other words like hat and sat. But, eventually, children will be able to take that short a sound and read words like atlas and even factory. Picture books that rhyme is an easy and fun way to introduce rhymes. Plus, they’re a hoot to read – Many of them have silly plots or characters that kids love. And the rhymes make them a joy to read aloud.
What Is Phonemic Awareness?Phonemic awareness refers to hearing and identifying the different sounds in words. It is a crucial precursor skill for learning to read and spell. As they progress, children will also learn to manipulate these sounds. Rhymes are a great way to develop phonemic awareness skills. They require children to focus on the individual sounds within words. Click here for more information about phonemic awareness and its role in reading.
Rhyming books for kindergartenHere is our list of 15 teacher-approved books that rhyme. Most of them have silly storylines that kids adore, and they will help make learning fun and easy.
The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold LobelThis charming collection of short stories by the author of the beloved Frog and Toad books. The book offers ten mischievous rhymed short stories starring frogs, toads, and polliwogs. These poems and verses are whimsical, catchy, and a joy to read. They are well suited for kindergarten-aged children. Get ready for lots of giggles!
Frog on a Log? By Kes GrayAll of the animals in this book sit on an object that rhymes with who they are. Gophers sit on sofas, and mules sit on stools. The cat explains that it is not about being comfortable but about doing the right thing. However, the frog wants nothing to do with the log! Kids love this silly book! As you go through the book, pause occasionally and let your children fill in the rhyme.
Hop on Pop by Dr. SeussNo list of books that rhyme would be complete without at least one Dr. Seuss book. These books are full of silly rhymes and colorful pictures. In addition, they have a lovely rhythm that encourages children to join in when you read them aloud together! They make for a fun storytime! They are also great for talking about actual words and nonsense words. Have fun with this by asking your children to make up their own nonsense words for some rhymes.
Is Your Mama a Llama? By Deborah GuarinoIn this story, we follow a young Llama called Lloyd as he tries to figure out how many of his friends have llamas for mothers. The book is actually full of rhyming riddles. The first page poses the riddle, and the answer is found on the second. The drawings are gorgeous, and the story is engaging and sweet.
Rhyme Crime by Jon BurgermanA rhyming thief replaces everything stolen with an object that rhymes. Gump’s lovely head became a slice of bread! Moomoo’s fancy clogs turned into some frogs. This is such a funny book. The pictures and the story will have your children giggling. Can you solve the rhyme crime? Wouldn’t it be fun to set up your learning space as a crime scene?
Stick Man by Julia DonaldsonThis unforgettable rhyming story features a stick man picked up and thrown. The rest of the book details his struggle to get back to his family. Your children will be delighted when Santa (who saves the stick man) appears. It is a fantastic tale with excellent rhyming text and wonderful illustrations.
Books that Rhyme
Moose on the Loose by Kathy Jo WarginWhat do you do when a moose is on the loose in your house? What a mess this moose makes as it romps through the book! Your children will love it! The storyline is captivating, and the rhymes are fun. The open-ended questions make the story interactive. The illustrations are lovely, and the two-page spreads really emphasize the size of the moose.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles AndreaeWhen Gerald tries to dance at the special Jungle Dance, the watching animals tease him. They tell him that his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. Everyone knows that Giraffes can’t dance, so a discouraged Gerald leaves. Fortunately, a cricket comes to the rescue with some words of wisdom, and Gerald shows that he can dance better than them all!
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan ThomasFour brightly colored dust bunnies live to make up rhymes. Ed, Ned, and Ted are really good at it, but poor Bob just doesn’t seem to understand how. Then he saves everyone from a giant scary monster wielding a broom and becomes the hero. This book is a joy to read aloud; the words, jokes, and rhymes are a joy to read. Then there are the cute dust bunnies with googly eyes and grinning mouths! This is the perfect rhyming book.
See You Later, Alligator by Sally HopgoodA tortoise is about to go on an adventure. Still, before the tortoise can leave, he must say goodbye to all his animal friends, each one getting sillier as he goes.
The Gruffalo by Julia DonaldsonA fabulous book about the Gruffalo, a monster who lives in the imagination of a mouse. While walking through some woods, the mouse meets a variety of animals who think it looks delicious. So, the mouse invents a terrifying monster who will eat them up! Then one day, the mouse meets the actual Gruffalo. Children love this silly story!
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna DewdneyA young Llama has trouble falling asleep at night and keeps calling out for his mother. But mother has a lot to do and can’t come immediately. This does not go down well with baby Llama, who has a tantrum. Eventually, our young Llama learns that sometimes he has to wait.
Kindergarten Rhyming Books
My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin LewisA truck transporting a load of bones has fallen into a hole. As the book progresses, many vehicles attempt to pull the tuck free. Each one is bigger than the next. Alas, for the driver, nothing works. Finally, someone brings a tow truck and finally pulls away from the stuck truck. The thing that seems to delight young children has nothing to do with the truck. In all the confusion, a second story unfolds as a group of sneaky gophers slowly steals the bones while no one is looking.
Aliens Love Underpants by Claire FreedmanYou know that any book featuring underpants will be a hit with Kindergarten aged kids. This one will have your children laughing aloud, and it is written in rhyme. Aliens have come to earth with a most terrible plan. Their mission is to steal all the underpants! Will they succeed?
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. SeussHere’s another classic from Dr. Seuss. Sam I Am is determined to get a doubter to eat his green eggs and ham. The book gets sillier and sillier as it progresses. It is filled with fun and silly rhymes that everybody enjoys.
Having Fun With Rhymes- Games and ActivitiesOnce you have read a rhyming book, you might want to enjoy some rhyming activities and games. Here are some simple no-prep ideas that do not need any special materials.
Pass the RhymePassing the rhyme is a fun activity and can be played anywhere! Start the game by saying a simple word out loud. Invite your child to call out another word that rhymes with yours. Then you call out another word that rhymes with that word. Play continues until you run out of words.
Hands-On HeadsWhen reading a rhyming picture book, ask your child to listen for the rhyming words. Every time they hear one, they put their hands on their heads. You can make it sillier by asking them to clap or even jump with the words.
Fill in the RhymeAs you read the story, stop for a moment before saying the rhyming words. This allows your children the chance to predict and come up with their own rhyme. Get ready for giggles galore!
The Name GameChildren love to play this easy game. You need some magnetic letters and a board (use a fridge). Use the letters to spell out the child’s name. Invite your child to replace the first letter with another consonant of their choice. (Beth, Neth) If your child’s name begins with a vowel, the new letter gets put in front of their name. (Anne, Panne). Says the child’s name and the new rhyming word. You can do this with every member of the family. Then sing the name game.
Silly SongsFind a simple song like Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Then switch the b on boat for another letter. Kids will love singing row, row, row your throat. What about Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star? It could become twinkle, twinkle, little car!
Rhyming LaddersRhyming ladders is another way of playing pass the rhyme. Draw a simple ladder on a whiteboard. Write a simple CVC (consonant- vowel consonant) word on the bottom rung. Challenge your child to write words that rhyme on each rung of the ladder.
Rhyming I SpyThis is the classic game that everyone loves with a twist. Instead of spying with the first letter, the first player gives a rhyming word as a clue. For example, if the child picks a hat, they could say, ‘I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with mat.’
Cover the RhymeAll you need for this game is a rhyming picture book and some counters. Look at the pictures and read the text. Invite your child to place a counter on any rhyming words they see. If you don’t have counters, your child can simply point to the words.
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