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27 Magical Kids Books about Mother Goose

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When it comes to iconic figures in children’s literature, Mother Goose, with her collection of delightful nursery rhymes, might just take the prize. She has appeared for centuries in stories, rhymes and poems delighting children. Here, we’ve collected a list of the best Mother Goose children’s books, from vintage, original titles to fun parodies to classic portrayals both new and old.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. While Mother Goose nursery rhymes delight kids of all ages, in general, board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3, picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children, and chapter books are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. But kids and adults of all ages will enjoy reading aloud together Mother Goose books of any type.

When it comes to Mother Goose children’s stories, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like My Very First Mother Goose , by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells, and The Real Mother Goose Book, by Blanche Fisher Wright, to popular sellers like The Neighborhood Mother Goose, by Nina Crews, to some of our favorite hidden gems like Mother Goose’s Pajama Party, by Danna Smith with illustrations by Virginia Allyn.

We hope this list of kids books about Mother Goose can be a delightful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for the right book to charm readers with the tales and nursery rhymes of Mother Goose! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

My Very First Mother Goose
Written by Iona Opie & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is an utter classic in my opinion—Rosemary Well’s signature illustration style is a lovely complement to this (quite thick) book of nursery rhymes.

picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose. Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. From “Hey Diddle, Diddle” and “Pat-a-Cake” to “Little Jack Horner” and “Pussycat, Pussycat,” these are familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations; these are the rhymes that are every child’s birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells that may prove equally enduring, MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. Parents and children will find themselves exploring this volume together, savoring delightful details and funny surprises on every page. This is a book that promises hours of quiet smiles and merry grins for readers of all ages.

Tomie's Little Mother Goose
Written by Iona Opie & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

This board book of classic nursery rhymes introduces children to the magic of Mother Goose!

Heartwarming illustrations and over 24 traditional rhymes and verses — taken from the classic versions — will delight babies, toddlers, and parents alike. This charming board book lovingly brings to life Little Miss Muffett, Humpty Dumpty, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, and Little Boy Blue, as well as a host of other favorites for children to laugh with and treasure. This Mother Goose collection is the perfect addition to any family’s library.

My First Mother Goose
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a perfect introduction to Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes and to the beloved Tomie dePaola! An illustration in soft tones accompany each nursery rhyme and adds a sweet feel to the book. I like that the rhyme and picture all fit concisely on one page.

board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From Humpty Dumpty and Georgie Porgie to Little Miss Muffet and the old woman who lived in a shoe, children will love reading and laughing along with all of their favorite characters. The accessible trim and beautiful illustrations by Tomie dePaola make this book the perfect addition to any child’s library.

Mother Goose's Pajama Party
Written by Danna Smith & illustrated by Virginia Allyn
Thoughts from The Goodfather

Mother Goose’s Pajama Party does such a nice job of tying together many classic fairytale stories. It’s fun to see the diverse worlds and characters you know so well in their individual tales come together for Mother Gooses’s party. The reprinting of the traditional stories is a fun bonus at the end.

picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Star light, star bright, Come to story time tonight. Bring your friends and don’t be late. Meet at my house, half past eight.” Mother Goose has invited all her nursery rhyme friends to her house for a magical sleepover. See the Cow that jumped over the moon, who tells the Dish, who tells the Spoon, who are soon joined by Little Bo Peep, Miss Muffet, Georgie Porgie, and a whole troop of other nursery time friends. What starts with a lively parade to Mother Goose’s house ends in a cozy goodnight scene featuring everyone’s favorite nursery rhyme characters, the ideal note for bedtime. Includes an afterword with all the classic nursery rhymes featured in the book, making it a true treasury.

Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose
Written by & illustrated by Diane Dillon and Leo Dillon
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This collection of some familiar and most lesser known rhymes has a fun focus on numbers, which adds another feature to the book that’s easily suited to work for both younger and older readers (with different levels of numbers mentioned and portrayed in the illustrations).

picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The numbers are on the loose—hiding and dancing, skipping and laughing through the rhymes of Mother Goose! It’s a good thing Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon have helped gather up all these mischievous numbers in a stunning celebration of counting, rhymes, and imagination.

The rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, are ordered from simple (1, 2, 3) to more complex numbers, making this a collection to grow with. The illustrations are filled with surprising wit and whimsy. And this vibrant, playful volume is irresistible as an introduction to Mother Goose or as a new delight for her longtime fans.
Includes a note from the illustrators.

  • Sylvia Long's Mother Goose - From bestselling artist Sylvia Long comes an enchanting collection of over seventy-five classic Mother Goose rhymes. Imbued with the artist’s love of nature and overflowing with charming details, this spectacular compilation includes such timeless favorites as Old Mother Hubbard, Mary had a little lamb, and Rock-a-bye baby. Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose is a perfect gift that, like the rhymes themselves, will be passed from one generation to the next

  • Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters - From “Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary” to “Wee Willie Werewolf,” this collection of classic nursery rhymes turned on their heads will give readers the chills—and a serious case of belly laughs. With clever rhyme and spooky illustrations, Mother Ghost is perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit. Boo!

  • Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes: A Collection of Alphabets, Rhymes, Tales, and Jingles - Originally published in 1877, this collection of Mother Goose Rhymes contains illustrations by Walter Crane, John Tenniel, Harrison Weir, John Gilbert, and many other important illustrators of the day.

  • Mother Goose's Little Treasures - The world’s most respected Mother Goose folklorist reunites with one of the great illustrators of our time to present a rare selection of rhymes to share and treasure.

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever
Written by & illustrated by Richard Scarry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From Little Miss Muffet to Simple Simon, here are fifty of the all-time favorite nursery rhymes collected in one wonderfully illustrated volume. With pictures by Richard Scarry, creator of such classics as the “Best Word Book Ever” and “Busy, Busy Town,” this delightful book is an engaging introduction to the Mother Goose rhymes that have been a part of children’s literature for centuries.

Mother Goose Treasury: A Beautiful Collection of Favorite Nursery Rhymes
Written by & illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Cuddle up on the sofa with this beautiful book, open the pages, and take a look! There are lovely pictures and familiar rhymes, to share with your child before sleepytime. Join Mother Goose, kings, and twinkling stars, let your dreams and imagination take you far. A perfect book for reading aloud with your little one right before bed. An absolute treasure that will be enjoyed for years!

  • Collection of magical, well-loved tales paired with playful illustrations
  • Classics included: Do You Know the Muffin Man, This is the Way, It’s Raining It’s Pouring, Pop Goes the Weasel, Row Row Row Your Boat, and more!
  • Bond over nursery rhyme favorites you grew up with as a child with your toddler or preschooler
  • Perfect gift for an occasion: birthdays, holidays, and more!
  • Collect all titles available in the Parragon Treasury Collection including Fairy Tales and Five Minute Stories
The Classic Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes: Over 101 Cherished Poems
Written by & illustrated by Gina Baek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Rediscover the timeless nursery rhymes of Mother Goose in this gorgeous picture book, packed with beautiful, full-color illustrations and a stunning four-panel gatefold!

RISD Illustrator Gina Baek breathes new life into beloved nursery rhymes with The Classic Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Children and adults alike will be delighted by this freshly presented collection of classic nursery rhymes, featuring more than 100 enchanting and colorful illustrations—not to mention a gorgeous four-panel gatefold!

Mother Goose
Written by & illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Pat-a-Cake,” “Simple Simon,” “Rock-a-bye, Baby: “ these and the many other rhymes that make up Mother Goose have become almost as much a staple of child-rearing as the rattle and the bottle. Little ones love its mix of lullabies and limericks, humor and sing-song verse, and they learn from it too. Gyo Fujikawa brought her inimitable style to this version, which features a mix of enchanting line drawings and warm color pictures. Adorable mice, led by a duck in uniform, man the boat in “I Saw a Ship a-Sailing.” A multicultural group of children circle round “The Mulberry Bush.” And “The Three Kittens” have never been cuter. Fujikawa has succeeded in creating a truly magical world for kids to enter.

Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls
Written by Lucy Nolan & illustrated by Connie McLennan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

What if Jack and Jill had been playing on a nice soft sand dune instead of that treacherous hill? And suppose Mary’s pet wasn’t really a lamb. What if Mary had a little . . . clam? Those questions — and more — are gleefully answered in Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls. This collection retells Mother Goose rhymes and celebrates America’s coastlines and waterways — from sea to shining sea. The -For Creative Minds- educational section includes: Poem related fun facts and a Map activity.

  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes - This magical treasury is packed with traditional rhymes, all of them accompanied by bright and amusing illustrations. You can meet memorable characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue and Old King Cole. Join in with the words of Round and Round the Garden, The Wheels on the Bus, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Lavender’s Blue, Rock-a-Bye Baby, and many others.

  • Alaska Mother Goose and Other North Country Nursery Rhymes - Alaska’s favorite children’s book offers both new and old favorites with a northern flair. Meet all the wild critters of the North in this charming book of nursery rhymes. Ages 3 and up. Printed on recycled paper. This book includes a Glossary of terms, providing interesting facts and explanations about the animals that call Alaska their home. Curious kids can learn more about: snow geese, musk oxen, sea otters, Arctic (white) foxes, collared lemmings, Coho salmon, and more!

  • Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose - IPPY Award Winner From nonsense to lessons learned, these 45 rhymes include the very well known (Itsy Bitsy Spider) and the somewhat familiar (Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen). The truly fantastic pictures speak more than a thousand words as artist Scott Gustafson riffs in paint on themes present and imagined in each verse. Nursery rhymes are classic, and so are some of the artist’s interpretations. But other paintings are surprises, like an anthropomorphic baking bear, a pelican sea captain, and Peter Piper as a pug on two legs. Welcome to a world where “There Was a Crooked Man” is not about a hunchbacked senior but rather a madcap, double-jointed dandy who might be “crooked” in more ways than one. Jack (Be Nimble) is a leaping cricket and Yankee Doodle a fun-loving chipmunk on a fullsize horse. Scott Gustafson’s unique style, influenced by legendary book illustrators Arthur Rackham and N. C. Wyeth, makes this a volume to be treasured by children and illustrated-book lovers of all ages.

  • Mother Goose's Storytime Nursery Rhymes - An innovative format provides the best-ever way to share Mother Goose rhymes with children. Axel Scheffler, the bestselling illustrator of THE GRUFFALO and ROOM ON THE BROOM, brings his inimitable brand of humor and heart to the beloved poems in MOTHER GOOSE’S STORYTIME NURSERY RHYMES. In this innovative format, short stories about Mother Goose and her three rambunctious goslings frame each set of rhymes, creating preselected sections and natural stopping points for parents and teachers. And at 128 pages, this is one of the longest and most complete gift collections on the market—sure to be a favorite at storytime or anytime.

The Real Mother Goose
Written by & illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
Thoughts from The Goodfather

A classic I remember from my own childhood.

picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

For nearly a century, The Real Mother Goose has delighted young children!

For more than seventy-five years THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE has been delighting millions of children, and today the magic is as strong as ever. Heralded as the standard Mother Goose by parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians, this wonderful book with Blanche Fisher Wright’s lively, colorful pictures makes an enchanting introduction for the very young.

Mother Goose rhymes are a vital part of childhood. And this collection of essential rhymes have been reproduced exactly as they have been repeated from generation to generation.

More Mother Goose Favorites
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A follow-up to Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose Favorites, this collection of beloved nursery rhymes with Tomie dePaola’s whimsical art will delight readers young and old! Read about Old Mother Hubbard, Little Boy Blue, the Three Little Kittens, and many more. Selected from the hardcover Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose, this collection of rhymes is now in a handy 8 x 8 paperback!

The Neighborhood Mother Goose
Written & illustrated by Nina Crews
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Every day, children the world over sing, shout, and celebrate Mother Goose rhymes. And now there’s a new reason to cheer: Nina Crews has added her own remarkable, jazzy style of illustration to a collection of forty-one favorite verses. Whether it’s Jack jumping over a candlestick (atop a cupcake), Georgie Porgie kissing the girls (at the playground), or a fine lady riding a white horse (on the carousel), this exuberant treasury is sure to be read and enjoyed over and over again.

Mother Goose of Pudding Lane
Written by Chris Raschka & illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrated picture book creators Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky offer one possible answer to the age-old question: Who was Mother Goose?

We all love to hear Mother Goose rhymes and riddles. But did you know that there was a real Mother Goose who lived in Boston more than three hundred years ago? In 1692, Elizabeth Foster married a widower with ten children. His name was Isaac Goose, and after they married, Elizabeth became Mother Goose. She and Isaac had four more children together, and to help her care for such a big and boisterous family, Mother Goose sang songs and lullabies and made up rhymes and poems. Her nursery rhymes and stories were published at a print shop on Pudding Lane in Boston, though no copies of her book exist today. In a book featuring some of Mother Goose’s best-loved works, Vladimir Radunsky’s bright and humorous illustrations and Chris Raschka’s rhyming poems tell the little-known story of the Goose children, Isaac, and Elizabeth herself — the Mother Goose of Pudding Lane.

Dan Yaccarino's Mother Goose
Written by & illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

POPULAR ILLUSTRATOR DAN Yaccarino brings his unique style to the familiar realm of Mother Goose. His witty, bold graphics, set in the city, give the rhymes a fresh perspective. In this lush jacketed hardcover edition, Little Miss Muffet flips her curds and whey when she meets a spider at the diner, and Mary’s little lamb hails a cab to follow Mary to school!

  • Maybe Mother Goose - In the witty sequel to Fairly Fairy Tales, Esmé Raji Codell’s latest picture book features charming twists on the beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Could space aliens pay a visit in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?
    Could a giraffe go to school in Mary Had a Little Lamb?
    Could the blackbirds in Sing a Song of Sixpence really play guitars?
    Sometimes the answer is “yes” and sometimes it’s “no”—but the fun is in the asking! Gifted writer and educator Esmé Raji Codell asks these questions and more in a wonderful and witty picture book that both children and parents are sure to love. With a kid-friendly style and vivid detail, Elisa Chavarri’s sweet illustrations bring these beloved nursery rhymes boldly and humorously to life.

  • The McElderry Book of Mother Goose - Mother Goose gets a makeover in this vibrant new collection of childhood classics. This innovative Mother Goose collection combines family favorites with less well-known rhymes in a bright, new package. Here Little Miss Muffet and her tuffet meet Gregory Griggs and his twenty-seven wigs, and the cat and the fiddle are not the only music-makers—there’s also Terrence McDiddler the Three-Stringed Fiddler.
    From “Hickory, Dickory Dock” to “Higgelty, Piggelty Pop,” Petra Mathers and her vivid, quirky illustrations capture the timeless joy and cleverness that are inherently Mother Goose. This modern collection of Mother Goose classics promises to enchant and delight a new generation of nursery rhyme readers.

  • Will Moses Mother Goose - From world-renowned folk artist Will Moses comes one of the most original and enchanting Mother Goose books ever. Featuring over sixty of childhood’s best-loved nursery rhymes, in Where’s Waldo-like fashion, children can search magical full-spreads of Will’s unmistakable paintings to find their favorite characters. Young and old alike will discover new reasons to love this beautiful book and the winning art of Will Moses every time they open it.

  • Monster Goose - Old Monster Goose has turned Mother Goose’s world of nursery rhymes inside out! Here she presents twenty-five deliciously disgusting poems, filled with rodents and maggots, zombies and ghouls, spiders, and of course, monsters.

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