From the Bookshelf: Rhyming Picture Books

My children and I really enjoy reading rhyming books and stories together. As well as being lots of fun, hearing and saying rhymes develops a range of skills.

It helps them to recognise and discriminate between sounds, which helps build foundations for learning letter sounds when they begin to read and write. It helps them to make predictions and to become familiar with the rhythm of language. It helps them develop their own sense of rhythm.

I’m always on the look out for fresh reading material, so I thought I’d share some of our favourite rhyming picture books here! This will be updated as I come across new books, so don’t forget to bookmark the page and check back regularly, or sign up to my email list if you want to be the first to know!

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Tales from Acorn Wood

This is a lovely set of ‘lift-the-flap’ books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler which my children really enjoy! Our are looking well loved these days after countless readings.

Hairy Maclary

We first came across these when a friend of ours used to read them to T. She loved them! They never fail to make the children laugh and we quite often spot ‘Hairy Maclary’ or one of his friends while we’re out on a walk!


This is a REALLY fun book to read and join in with. It reads a bit like a rap, and each animal brings a different ‘instrument’ to the story! The only thing I would say is that this may not be the book for you if you can’t stand a little bit of ‘bottom humour’!

Jungle Jingles

This is a book I’ve had since I was a child. I loved reading the poems then and still enjoy reading them with my own children now. It’s a fun combination of poetry and animal facts!


Tiddler is a really fun story about a little fish who tells tall tales. It’s kind of a modern day ‘Boy who cried Wolf’ but a bit more lighthearted!


Do you even have a child if this isn’t on the shelf?! You probably already have this one, but thought I’d put it on here anyway. We’ve read this story countless times and my kids love it when I do the different voices for all the characters. I think it’s quite nice for them (as little people) to see the Mouse outwit the Gruffalo, too!

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep

My son loves this book! It’s sung to the tune of ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ but includes lots of different types of transport. Katrina has also written Go, Go, Pirate Boat (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat) which we also love and The Whales on the Bus which is on our list!

The Pirate Cruncher

My brother introduced us to this book and I think I’ve read it several times a week since he sent it to us! Its got a great rhythm, offers excellent opportunities for practising your Pirate accent, and has a bit of a twist which the keen-eyed amongst you might spot along the way!

Hooray for Fish

We came across this at our local library a few years ago and actually we ought to borrow it again! It’s got bright and colourful illustrations and lots of descriptive language. We really enjoyed reading it together.

Oi Dog!

This book is a funny, silly story about a frog who defies the ‘rule’ that dogs sit on frogs! Guaranteed to get your child giggling and a great starting point for thinking of their own funny rhymes!

Goodnight Moon

We were given this when my eldest son was born, and it’s been a favourite bedtime read ever since! It’s got a really gentle rhythm perfect for calming your little ones at the end of the day.

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