For new readers, rhyming is a skill that they should work on to become better at. Rhyming books are great to read to a Pre-K or Kindergarten class because they make words rhyme. Children love to finish the rhymes as they hear stories. This is a list of 10 books that I’ve used in my own class and that the kids love.
Best Rhyming Books for Kindergarten
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Hop on Pop
My first choice for a book is Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat.” Children and adults love to read Dr. Seuss books because they are so silly and have that fun “sing-song” rhythm. One of my favorite things about Dr. Seuss’ rhyming books is that there are so many chances to learn. “Is that a real word or a word that doesn’t make sense?” “What’s the point of making up words?” Because he’s done with a rhyme!
Children learn more about rhyming when they figure this out on their own. #winning You can’t go wrong with any book by Dr. Seuss if you want to read one that rhymes.
Frog on a Log
This book has a lot of rhymes that are easy to understand and figure out. A book tells you that all of the animals in it have to sit on the thing that rhymes with each one. On the mat, the cat says, “That’s just how things are.”
In this book, kids love the story and the rhymes. Bonus: There is a follow-up! It will be another favorite with your kids. In my classroom, both of these rhyming stories are read a lot.
Rhyming Dust Bunnies
Bob doesn’t like this book very much. It’s about dust bunnies that love to rhyme except for Bob. He can’t figure out how to rhyme. A few students might be like him.
You can show your kids that even if they can’t figure out rhymes right away, they will get there in the end. You and your kids will have a lot of fun listening to this book, and I’m sure they’ll want to read it all the time.
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama
This book is so popular for a good reason! The stories in both this book and its follow-ups are very relatable to young people, so they’ll enjoy them.
It is also very easy to read. It is fun for kids to call out the rhymes to finish the sentences and laugh at Llama’s silly moves. There are many ways to use #multitasking while you read.
There’s a Bear on my Chair
This book is full of funny rhymes! It doesn’t matter how hard Mouse tries, Bear won’t get up. Then Bear goes home. There, what does he find?
So many kids have a great time listening to this interesting story and making the rhymes. There are a few that may be hard for them at first, but it’s a great way to teach them new words!
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll
This is a heartwarming story about being kind and letting people who are different be part of the group. With his friends, Ricky just wants to roll around. He doesn’t have a flat side.
The book has some funny parts and a good ending. The rhythm and rhyme make it fun to read and listen to. The rhymes will be fun for kids to finish as they learn about Ricky.
The Gruffalo is such a great story. I love it! It’s about a little mouse who runs into some predators in the forest, but he doesn’t get hurt. The Gruffalo is the reason he tells them about the story. Big and scary, but the mouse is not afraid. he made him up!
As a bonus, the rhythm and rhymes add a lot to the wonderful story. Some of the other stories on this list are a little longer, but this one is a lot more fun to talk about, and it’s a good way to work on rhyming.
Sheep in a Jeep
This is a well-known rhyming book that both kids and teachers love. It’s a favorite of both.
It’s short, sweet, and kids find it funny. Sheep in a Jeep is short and sweet. They love to laugh at the sheep. In this book, there are rhymes in the middle of sentences as well as at the end. This is one reason I like it. This adds another way to find and practice rhymes.
Is Your Mama a Llama?
A lot of people love this book because it’s so well-known. If you listen to Lloyd the llama, other animals will tell him about their mothers.
First, there is a riddle. Next, you’ll find the answer. It’s always the end of a rhyme. Before you turn the page, kids have a lot of fun calling out the answer to the riddle. Several of the animals may be new to them, which means they will be able to use new words!
See You Later, Alligator
It has the best “goodbye” rhymes in it. Children love to finish the silly rhymes we read.
Before we leave the classroom on Fridays, we especially like to read it because we know that it will help us remember what we learned. We do the rhymes again as I give the phrases to my students on my way out the door, and we do them again. What do I say? “See you later.” Then I wait for a giggled “Alligator!” I think it’s a great way to start the week.
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
There are strong rhymes and rhythm in this picture book. A good read-aloud for young children. They will also have a lot of fun playing “I Spy” while they read the book, too. It’s a good idea for kids to look for characters from well-known stories like the Three Bears, Mother Hubbard, and Tom Thumb in each Peach Pear Plum.