Rhyming is an important skill for new readers to practice. Rhyming books are perfect for reading with a Pre-K or Kindergarten class. Children will love to complete the rhymes as they listen to the stories. These 10 books are tried and tested with my own class and are kid approved!
10 Best Rhyming Books for Kindergarten
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Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
I have to start this list with the king of rhyming: Dr Seuss! Dr. Seuss books are so much fun to read with and to children because they are so silly and have that engaging “sing-song” rhythm.
One of my favorite things about Dr. Seuss’ rhyming books is the many teachable moments. I point out the rhymes that he made and ask my students “Is that a real word or a nonsense word? Why would he make up a word?” It’s because he’s completing a rhyme! Allowing a child to figure this out helps them understand the concept of rhyming more fully. #winning
(I love Hop on Pop as an introduction to rhymes but let’s be honest: when it comes to rhyming books, you can’t go wrong with any of this books!)
Frog on a Log by Kes Gray and Jim Field
This book features a ton of classic, easy to understand (and guess!) rhymes. All of the animals in the book have to sit on the object they rhyme with. The frog does not want to sit on a log, but cat (on the mat) tells him “that’s just how things are.”
Kids love the story in this book as well as completing the rhymes.
Bonus: There is a sequel! Dog on a Frog will be another fast favorite with your little readers. (Both of these rhyming books are read often in my classroom!)
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
This silly book is about dust bunnies that just love to rhyme…except poor Bob. He just can’t quite figure rhymes out. (You may have a few students who relate to him!) Bob ends up saving the day which shows your kids that even if they can’t figure rhymes out right away, they will get their eventually!
Your kids will be giggling like crazy listening to this book and I can guarantee they will request it (probably every day!)
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
This book is insanely popular for a reason! It (and all of the sequels) is really relatable for children and has an excellent rhythm for reading. Kids will love calling out the rhymes to finish the sentences. (You can even use it as an informal assessment 😉 #multitasking)
There’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins
This funny book is full of creative rhymes! Kids have so much fun listening to the story and completing all of the rhymes. There are a few tricky ones that may stump them at first so it’s an excellent opportunity to introduce new vocabulary! (Bonus, this author has another rhyming book that my kids and I love! The Zoo is Not for You)
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll by Jay Miletsky and Erin Wozniak
This is a heartwarming story about being kind and including those who are different. The book has some funny elements and ends with a positive message. The cadence and rhyme make it fun to listen to and to read. Kids will love completing the rhymes as they listen.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo is such a great story, the rhythm and rhymes in the story are an amazing bonus! It’s a little longer than many of the stories on this list but the content lends itself to all sorts of fun discussion and comprehension elements as well as practicing rhyming.
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple
This is a classic rhyming book that is well-loved by kids and teachers alike. Sheep in a Jeep is short, sweet and so funny to kids! They love laughing at the silly sheep. One of the reasons I love this book is that it includes rhymes in the middle of sentences as well as at the end.
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino and Steve Kellogg
This book is a classic for a reason! You will read riddles as Lloyd the llama tries to figure out who his mama is. The riddle is given on the first spread of pages. The answer is on the next page and is always the completion of a rhyme. Kids have so much fun calling out the answer to the riddle before you turn the page.
See You Later, Alligator by Sally Hopgood
I love this book for the end of the day because it is filled with the most fun “goodbye” rhymes. Children love to complete the silly rhymes as we read.
We especially love to read it before we leave the classroom on Fridays. We practice the rhymes again as I give the phrases to my students on their way out the door. “See you later…” I say and I wait for the giggled “Alligator!” as a reply. It’s an excellent way to head into the weekend.
These rhyming books have been a favorite in my classroom and in hundreds of others for a reason! Understanding rhyme can be challenging for some students to master. Giving them the chance to experience them in a nonthreatening and engaging way may just be the key. Even your students who are rhyming masters will enjoy the stories, the rhythm and the fun of the rhyming stories you read.
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I hope you find these books and read them with your kids! Are any of your favorites on this list? Did I miss any? Let me know below!