Rhyming is an important skill prior to learning to read. Introducing the concept of rhyme in books is a great way for children to hear rhyme and learn how to generate rhyming words and word families. Children with speech difficulties often need extra exposure to rhyme. These books are suitable from 3 or 4 years and up.
Hairy Maclary series. A wonderful series about a dog and all his (rhyming) dog friends. eg Hercules Morse as a big as a horse. The lilting rhythm in these books is fantastic for helping children to hear rhyme.
A Dragon in a wagon. Lots of short rhyming phrases for children to listen to. With use of the picture cue, some children might be able to guess the rhyming word.
Each peach pear plum. This is a good book for repetition and use of short phrases. Each page has one rhyming sentence only, part of which has been repeated from the previous page. This chaining effect helps kids focus on the sounds.
Pat the Cat, Jen the Hen, Mig the Pig. This series of little books seems to be out of print. However, if you can get a used copy they are excellent examples of how to generate rhyming words. Cat, pat, hat, mat, rat, bat – are all included in the book with a half page to be flipped over to show the word ending is the same in all words.
Duck in the Truck. A longer story with lots of rhyme. The duck is stuck in the muck and the sheep in a jeep comes to save him.
One mole digging a hole. Author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Nick Sharratt have produced many books with lovely clear pictures and a rhyming pattern to the story. This one has one sentence per page in a counting sequence. One mole digging a hole, two parrots getting carrots and so on.
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose. This is a similar style to the ‘Mole digging a hole’ although it’s not a counting book. There is a rhyming sentence on every single page. Moth wants to eat the ….. cloth. Sheep wants to go to …… sleep. A nice easy pattern for developing rhyming skills.
Brown bear, Brown bear what do you see? This old classic has been made new with a sliding flap on each page to see what the next animal will be. Children can join in with the predictable rhyme.
Big Pig on a Dig and Shark in the Park are part of an early readers phonics set by Usborne. They are short with an emphasis on the rhyming word families. An excellent way to learn about rhyme and to begin to see the letter word associations too.
The Gruffalo series of books has a wonderful pattern of rhyme and beat. You will find yourself rehearsing it without knowing it! These books are slightly longer so more suitable for children who can attend that bit longer.
Parrot Carrot. A fantastic book for generating rhymes! Each page has a pair of pictures that rhyme (eg goose & moose). The following page shows both pictures combined – (eg Here is a goose that looks like a moose!) The silly combined pictures are great to talk about – look at this goose with moose ears! Lots of other rhyming pairs are through the book – snake/rake, whale/snail, hawk/cork, gnu/canoe.
Clarrie’s Pig Day Out. A longer book for 5-7 year olds. Clarrie keeps getting his words mixed up! Is it shoe, goo or moo? A great way to listen to rhyme and help kids generate their own rhymes.
Did you take the B from my Ook? This book is great for early readers and preschoolers developing phonological awareness skills. All the ‘b’ letters have been removed from the book. There are -alls, -ats, -ulls, -ooks and -reakfast! You can practice some phoneme manipulation skills by adding the ‘b’ back on to make ‘ball’ or taking it off again to make ‘all’.