Nursery Rhymes: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about nursery rhymes?

There is just something about the rhymes we remember from our childhood. It is still fun to re-read these stories and even more fun to see the faces of our children when we share the fun with them!

My Very First Mother Goose book
#1
My Very First Mother Goose
Written by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
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.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) book
#2
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
Written and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck book
#3
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

This is a book I enjoy reading over and over again. It’s a fun twist to the nursery rhyme that discusses the heavy machinery trucks that Old MacDonald has on his farm and the work they’re doing to prepare for Mrs. MacDonald’s upcoming leap! The illustrations are cute, but it’s really the fun twist and attention to detail that makes this book enjoyable.

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Red Green Blue book
#4
Red Green Blue
Written and illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a cute book of colors. One can also spot some nursery rhyme characters being interwoven throughout the story. It is a fun combination in which you can point out both or either the color or the nursery rhyme for older children that may know those as well.

Characters from nursery rhymes populate this tale, which highlights the colorful aspects of the familiar poems. Includes a key to the nursery rhymes referenced in the story.

One Fine Trade book
#5
One Fine Trade
Written by Bobbi Miller and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This story definitely hits your silly bone. Georgy is determined to get his silver dollar but also seems so naive. He trades his only asset for something less valuable and it goes downhill from there. He is so optimistic and you never get a feel that there is any reason to be anything else. It is very fun to read and the illustrations are fabulous.

Georgy Piney Woods, the best peddler who ever lived, makes several trades so his daughter can buy a wedding dress.

  1. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - In this tenderly illustrated edition of the classic rhyme, award-winning artist Sylvia Long touches the hearts of readers yet again. Her detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals.

  2. The Classic Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Oversized Padded Board Book - Rediscover the timeless nursery rhymes of Mother Goose in this beautiful padded oversized board book format, packed with beautiful, full-color illustrations! Let the wonder begin! Tumble with Jack and Jill, jump with the cat and the fiddle, pick a pepper with Peter Piper, and rediscover the timeless nursery rhymes of Mother Goose, brought to life with new and vibrant illustrations by Gina Baek. This stunning and original oversized, padded board book will make a wonderful addition to every family library.

  3. The Hugely-Wugely Spider - This funny and clever picture book, great for spring displays, is a twist on the classic Itsy-Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme.

  4. Mother Goose's Pajama Party - 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.

The Muffin Man book
#10
The Muffin Man
Written by Blake Hoena and illustrated by Luke Flowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Do you know the Muffin Man? He makes lots of tasty treats in his popular bake shop. Sing and dance along as you follow him through his day, making muffins and feeding all of the hungry people right on Drury Lane. This hardcover library bound book comes with CD and online music access.

Do Your Ears Hang Low? book
#11
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Written by Melissa Everett and illustrated by Andrea Doss
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? These bunnies will know! This classic childhood song paired with fun illustrations is sure to have you and your little one singing and laughing along during storytime!

Three Blind Mice Team Up with the Three Little Pigs book
#12
Three Blind Mice Team Up with the Three Little Pigs
Written by Paul Harrison and illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The Big Bad Wolf keeps trying to eat the three little pigs. The farmer’s wife keeps chasing the three blind mice. If they work together, maybe they can solve each other’s problems.

Mary Had a Little Glam book
#13
Mary Had a Little Glam
Written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some childhood favorites go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary’s friends look fine. But are they too well dressed for recess? Don’t worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!

Sylvia Long's Mother Goose book
#14
Sylvia Long's Mother Goose
Written and illustrated by Sylvia Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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

  1. What Really Happened to Humpty? - Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program.

  2. Hey Diddle Diddle - Hey diddle diddle, The cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such fun, and the dish ran away with the spoon! But what happens next? With new verses about piano playing pigs and chimps with cellos, the rhyming fun continues! Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. This is a board book edition.

  3. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Other Bedtime Nursery Rhymes - An illustrated collection of twenty familiar nursery rhymes and lullabies, such as “Are You Sleeping?,” “Hey Diddle Diddle,” and “All Through the Night.”

  4. Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Nursery Rhymes - “Hey, diddle, diddle, The cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon…” Experience classic nursery rhymes in this beautifully illustrated board book. With adorable illustrations alongside modern typography of classic childhood rhymes, this book is both a great baby shower gift and a lovely introduction to the nursery rhymes we know and love.

Star Light, Star Bright: A Mother Goose Bedtime Collection book
#19
Star Light, Star Bright: A Mother Goose Bedtime Collection
Written and illustrated by Sourcebooks, Inc
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Just in time for the holidays, this padded board book features original illustrations and your favorite Mother Goose rhymes Filled with lovely artwork, this is a padded board book treasury of the most popular bedtime Mother Goose rhymes. This soothing collection will whist every toddler off to dreamland. The rhymes include: • Twinkle Twinkle • Star Light, Star Bright • Hickory Dickory Dock …and more!

The Croaky Pokey! book
#20
The Croaky Pokey!
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Put your right hand in, Put your right hand out, Put your right hand in, And wave it all about, Hop the Croakey Pokey. As flies buzz all around, Right in the froggy’s mouth!

The Wheels on the Bus book
#21
The Wheels on the Bus
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

This award winning series has been specifically designed for babies. A great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development.

The House That Jack Built book
#22
The House That Jack Built
Written and illustrated by Diana Mayo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

This classic children’s rhyme gathers pace and complexity as it tumbles across the pages. Children will delight in repeating the rhymes and following antics of animals and characters of every size and shape.

My First Mother Goose book
#23
My First Mother Goose
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
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.

  1. Ring Around a Rosie - Presents an illustrated version of the classic nursery rhyme, with words and music.

  2. Humpty Dumpty - Illustrator Charles Reasonor’s charming version of the traditional nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Word balloons add a touch of sweet humor to a familiar tale.

  3. This Little Piggy - Presents an illustrated version of this traditional nursery rhyme. On board pages.

  4. I'm a Little Teapot! - Presents the lyrics to the nursery rhyme along with illustrations featuring children acting out the motions indicated by the song. On board pages.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat book
#28
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

In this traditional nursery rhyme, a group of babies and their toy animal friends row merrily down the stream. On board pages.

The Three Little Pigs book
#29
The Three Little Pigs
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The Three Little Pigs is a traditional fairy tale perfect for reading with children aged 3 to 5. This story has been loved around the world for over a century and remains a family favorite for parents looking for fairy stories. When the three little pigs decide to leave home, they build houses made of straw, branches, and bricks, but which house will stay standing when the big bad wolf tries to blow them down? The charming illustrations in this fairy tale picture book are sure to capture the imaginations of little ones, and the large-format is ideal for sharing and reading together at bedtime.

Hickory Dickory Dock book
#30
Hickory Dickory Dock
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Rhythmic text expands on the Mother Goose rhyme, including a variety of animals that react as the clock strikes one through twelve.

Pat-a-cake! book
#31
Pat-a-cake!
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Presents an illustrated version of the classic nursery rhyme. On board pages.

These Little Piggies Go to the Beach book
#32
These Little Piggies Go to the Beach
Written by Amy E. Sklansky and illustrated by Christine Davenier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Christine Davenier and bestselling author Amy E. Sklansky comes this utterly charming, silly, and irresistible read-aloud that sends the little piggies from everyone’s favorite nursery rhyme off to the beach. Following the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the original (This little piggy went to market..), young children get to follow along as the five piggies pack the car, arrive at the beach, build a sand castle, swim and explore, and play with a beach ball. It’s the perfect read-aloud for young children and their adults, providing lots to look at, loads of fun action, and a perfect ending to a perfect day at the beach.

  1. Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo? - An extended retelling of the classic children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” by beloved author/illustrator Iza Trapani featuring zoo animals running amok on the farmstead. Iza Trapani is known for her clever twists on classic nursery rhymes. This time she outdoes herself with a vist to longtime favorite Old MacDonald. His busy little farm–with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there is out of controwhen zoo animals like kangaroos, elephants, and hippos join the menagerie. What’s a farmer to do? Iza Trapani’s hilarious, jam-packed illustrations are full of details animal-loving readers will point at with glee. And the sweet ending will keep them giggling until the next reading.

  2. Little Bunny Foo Foo - Reveals the reason Little Bunny Foo Foo has been bopping field mice on the head, and why the Good Fairy should be more careful.

  3. Humpty Dumpty - Presents an illustrated version of the classic nursery rhyme, with music printed on the back cover. On board pages.

  4. Hey Diddle Diddle!-Kubler - Illustrates the nonsensical children’s nursery rhyme. On board pages.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Classic Nursery Rhymes Retold book
#37
The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Classic Nursery Rhymes Retold
Written by Joe Rhatigan and illustrated by Carolina Farias
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Find out what happens next to the poor, wet spider and his insect friends in this classic nursery rhyme retold for today’s kids. “The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout” So begins the new and expanded version of the 100-year-old classic nursery rhyme. In this silly, fun, and must-read-aloud book, young children find out what happens next to the poor, wet spider and his insect friends. Follow along as caterpillars play leap frog in the trees, ladybugs play hide-and-seek, a beetle builds a swimming pool for his ant friends, and busy bees jump rope with a worm. There are giggles aplenty as each turn of the page offers new surprises and super-silly situations.

Wee Willie Winkie book
#38
Wee Willie Winkie
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Illustrates the popular children’s nursery rhyme about Willie Winkie, who is concerned about babies being in bed on time. On board pages.

Jack and Jill book
#39
Jack and Jill
Written by Charles Reasoner and illustrated by Marina Le Ray
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Illustrator Charles Reasonor’s charming version of the traditional nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. Word balloons add a touch of sweet humor to the familiar tale.

Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Nursery Rhymes book
#40
Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Nursery Rhymes
Written and illustrated by Thomas Nelson
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

A collection of favourite nursery rhymes.

Baa Baa Black Sheep book
#41
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Written and illustrated by Applesauce Press
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Baa Baa Black Sheep is presented in a new fun, springtime format—a pop-up sheep that spins to a gorgeous gatefold on the final spread! This classic springtime nursery rhyme is freshly presented in a whimsical and fun pop-up format. A fluffy sheep spins through the book, bringing delight to little ones and adults alike as it twirls along. A stunning surprise pops up on the final page, bringing this beloved story to an adorable finale. A perfect gift for Easter or baby showers!

  1. Round and Round the Garden - This award winning series has been specifically designed for babies. A great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development.

  2. Tomie's Little Mother Goose - 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.

  3. The Itsy Bitsy Duckling - A fun and playful springtime twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy duckling swam in the waterway. Down came the rain and chased the snow away. Out came the sun as birds began to sing. The cold winter was over. At long last it was spring! The itsy bitsy duckling is ready for springtime as the other animals wake up from their long winter naps.

  4. Baby Loves to Party! - Have a blast with baby in this party-time companion to the hit board books Baby Loves to Rock! and Baby Loves to Boogie! The baboons blow up the balloons, and the lemurs hang the streamers. The snake bakes a cake, and the pheasants wrap some presents. But who is ready to party? With playful illustrations, funny puns, and rhymes about a crew of critters bringing down the house, this energetic and adorable story from the rock star creator of Baby Loves to Rock! and Baby Loves to Boogie! is sure to please party animals of all ages!

Mary Had a Little Lab book
#46
Mary Had a Little Lab
Written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Mary is an enterprising young inventor. She wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy…so she makes one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess?

Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children book
#47
Sylvia Long's Big Book for Small Children
Written and illustrated by Sylvia Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Sylvia Long has been creating bestselling children’s books for more than 25 years. Her edition of Mother Goose rhymes is a modern classic, and Sylvia Long’s Big Book for Small Children, her latest compendium, is destined to become another nursery staple. From beloved stories like “The Three Little Pigs” and important early childhood concepts (colors, counting, ABCs) to her own family’s favorite recipes and lullabies, this warm, joyous, and comprehensive collection is the perfect start to every child’s library.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat in Oregon book
#48
Row, Row, Row Your Boat in Oregon
Written by Forrest Everett and illustrated by Mary Sergeeva
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Row, row, row your boat . . . in Oregon! The sights and scenery of Oregon spring to life in this adorable twist on the favorite children’s song. Each die-cut page of the layered board book reveals an imaginary boat sailing past Mount Hood, the Tillamook factory, Sea Lion Caves, coastal lighthouses, and more! A delightful children’s introduction to the iconic places of Oregon, and when you’re done with your journey? Row, row, row your boat back around thebend. If you love Oregon, sing the song again!

Snow White book
#49
Snow White
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Bernadette Watts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Snow White in a newly illustrated edition. Bernadette Watts’ beautiful pastel illustrations bring both a softness and new life to this beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about the princess with skin as white as snow.

Mary Had a Little Lamb book
#50
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Written by Lucy Bell and illustrated by Andrea Doss and Lucy Bell
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Mary had a little lamb, and a dog and a mouse too! Meet Mary and her precious pets in this darling rhyme about friendship that’s sure to have you flipping the pages again and again!

  1. Good Night, Sleep Tight - In this book with rhyming text, Bonnie and Ben’s favorite babysitter reads them nursery rhymes before putting them to bed.

  2. The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer - A merry Christmas twist on the favorite nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! The itsy bitsy reindeer worked up in Santa’s shop, helping the elves to do their Christmas job. Building the toys and singing songs of joy, as they wrapped all of the presents for every girl and boy. The itsy bitsy reindeer spreads holiday cheer as he helps Santa’s Workshop get ready for Christmas. Little ones will love this fresh holiday spin on the classic nursery rhyme, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

  3. Mary Had a Little Glam - Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some childhood favorites go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary’s friends look fine. But are they too well dressed for recess? Don’t worry Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!”

  4. The Great Gran Plan - From the author of The Giant of Jum comes a rollicking new rhyming fairytale retelling in which one of the Three Little Pigs must save Little Red Riding Hood’s granny. In this riff on “Little Red Riding Hood,” the pig from “The Three Little Pigs” gets mixed up in the Big Bad Wolf’s plot to eat Granny. Fortunately, Granny is a tough old bird who can take care of herself—and everyone else, too. A funny, rhyming read-aloud!

The Itsy Bitsy Bunny book
#55
The Itsy Bitsy Bunny
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The itsy bitsy bunny is ready for an Easter adventure as he tries to deliver the best Easter ever. A bouncy twist on the classic nursery rhyme The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

The Itsy Bitsy Snowman book
#56
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek and Jeffrey Burton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime! The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town, looking at the snowflakes softly falling down. Out came his friends to lend a happy hand. And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland. Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.

Hey Diddle Diddle book
#57
Hey Diddle Diddle
Written by Melissa Everett and illustrated by Mary Manning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

“Hey Diddle Dilly, Its time to Get Silly, Like Mother Goose likes to do.” Spinning a creative and entertaining tale from the original rhyme, this Re-Versed Rhyme picture book is designed as a read aloud tale to inspire rhyming fun with early learners. Extension activities add layers of fun and engagement to the book.

Hush Little Baby book
#58
Hush Little Baby
Written by Melissa Everett and illustrated by Ivana Forgo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Cuddle up with baby and enjoy this retelling of a classic lullaby.

Indestructibles: Hey, Diddle Diddle book
#59
Indestructibles: Hey, Diddle Diddle
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Jonas Sickler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Here is a book babies can really sink their gums into. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped, torn, or punctured. Indestructibles are 100 percent safe and nontoxic, and if they get too funky, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend, and are designed to create an even more special bond between reader and baby. Printed without words, the parent gets to make up the story, or just cuddle with baby while they explore together.

Hey Diddle Diddle introduces the work of Jonas Sickler, a children’s illustrator whose paintings, full of detail and personality, have a fresh, whimsical sensibility, a pleasure for both baby and parents. The book gives a new spin on a traditional nursery rhyme, so parents can really have fun with the subject—Hey Diddle Diddle follows the coolest cat in New Orleans, a fiddle player who joins his other music-loving friends. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover.

  1. Indestructibles: Humpty, Dumpty - Here is a book babies can really sink their gums into. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped, torn, or punctured. Indestructibles are 100 percent safe and nontoxic, and if they get too funky, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend, and are designed to create an even more special bond between reader and baby. Printed without words, the parent gets to make up the story, or just cuddle with baby while they explore together. Humpty Dumpty introduces the work of Jonas Sickler, a children’s illustrator whose paintings, full of detail and personality, have a fresh, whimsical sensibility, a pleasure for both baby and parents. The book gives a new spin on a traditional nursery rhyme, so parents can really have fun with the subject—Humpty Dumpty is about an egg named Humpty who’s perched on the Great Wall of China. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover.

  2. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - All around the world, from the dry desert to the wet jungle, from the sleeping city to the icy pole, baby animals and their parents are sharing the wonder of a twinkling star. This enchanting version of a favorite lullaby is a celebration of love.

  3. This Old Man - Learn to count and add with this traditional rhyme. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. This is a board book edition.

  4. If You're Happy and You Know It - Sing, stomp, and clap along - if you’re happy, let it show! Get the youngest listeners moving, clapping, and flapping in this brightly colored board book, perfect for small hands, full of joyful jungle animals. Nod along with groovy giraffe, flap with baby bird, and ROAR out loud with lion. Jane Cabrera’s fresh spin on the familiar song is a family favorite for baby dance parties since 2003. An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner. Jane Cabrera’s Story Time celebrates children’s best-loved read along nursery rhymes and songs. These interactive favorites are given a new twist by award-winning artist Jane Cabrera and feature her bold, bright, kid-friendly illustrations. Other titles in the series include Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, One Two Buckle My Shoe, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Star Light, Star Bright book
#64
Star Light, Star Bright
Written by Melissa Everett and illustrated by Oksana Pasishnychenko
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Star light, star bright, I love to tuck you in ant night; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. Send your child off to magical dreams with these wonderful wishes every parent hopes are granted for their little one.Keywords:Re-Versed RhymesLexile: 760LGRL: J

Indestructibles: Old MacDonald Had a Farm book
#65
Indestructibles: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Jonas Sickler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Indestructibles are the 100 percent baby proof, chew proof, rip proof, completely washable, and nontoxic series of books. Books built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to endless chewing, gumming, gnawing, grabbing, bending, and pulling. Then, once the books get dirty, parents can throw them in a dishwasher or washing machine to make them clean as new.

The title is adapted from classic nursery rhymes and illustrated by Jonas Sickler. Sickler’s paintings are whimsical and fun, filled with dazzling textures and eye-popping color. They will grab and keep a baby’s attention, and delight adults. The book offers a multicultural twist on a classic nursery rhyme — Old MacDonald Has a Farm, set in Bolivia is full of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and cows. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover.

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk book
#66
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk
Written by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal and illustrated by Jess Golden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This picture book brings an international twist to the beloved nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, by bringing you aboard a busy three-wheeled taxi in India! Anything can happen as the tuk tuk rolls through town—from an elephant encounter to a tasty treat to a grand fireworks display. And in the midst of all the action, one thing’s for sure: passengers young and old love every minute of their exciting ride as the wheels of the tuk tuk go round and round!

Mary Had a Little Lamb book
#67
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Written and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Sing along to the time-honored nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb, illustrated for very young children by Hazel Q.

About the Hazel Q. Nursery Rhymes series: Nursery rhymes are the classic introduction for babies and young children to the idea of storytelling. While delighting in the rhyming words and appealing illustrations featuring animal characters, children are boosting their language development and learning social skills. With spot UV enhancements throughout the book for little fingers, these sturdy board books are designed to withstand much love and learning making them wonderful additions to baby’s first library.

Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat book
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Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Written by Maddie Frost and illustrated by Amy Pixton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Baby’s favorite book series (rip-proof, drool-proof, and nontoxic—designed for the way babies “read” with their mouths) now features one of baby’s favorite songs, with all the lyrics!

  1. Indestructibles: Mary Had a Little Lamb - Here is a book babies can really sink their gums into. Built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing paperlike material that can’t be ripped, torn, or punctured. Indestructibles are 100 percent safe and nontoxic, and if they get too funky, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. They’re made for baby to hold, grab, chew, pull, and bend, and are designed to create an even more special bond between reader and baby. Printed without words, the parent gets to make up the story, or just cuddle with baby while they explore together. Mary Had a Little Lamb introduces the work of Jonas Sickler, a children’s illustrator whose paintings, full of detail and personality, have a fresh, whimsical sensibility, a pleasure for both baby and parents. The book gives a new spin on a traditional nursery rhyme, so parents can really have fun with the subject—Mary Had a Little Lamb follows a girl and her lamb in her village in Africa. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover.

  2. Five Little Ducks - All children love this traditional rhyme and singing along will help to develop number skills. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.

  3. This Little Pumpkin - Celebrate the season with pumpkins doing fall activities in this Halloween-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy”! This little pumpkin went to market. This little pumpkin cuddled with bats. This little pumpkin played in the leaves. This little pumpkin tried on some hats. The pumpkins are getting ready for their Halloween adventure! In this Halloween twist on “This Little Piggy,” these little pumpkins are enjoying fun fall activities! With pumpkins cuddling with bats, playing in the leaves, trying on hats, scaring mice, gobbling treats, and wishing readers a Happy Halloween, little readers will love this creative, flowing twist on a favorite classic nursery rhyme!

  4. The Rooster Crows - A collection of American nursery rhymes, counting games, finger games, jingles, and rope-skipping rhymes

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin book
#73
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Written by Sonali Fry and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

This gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween! The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street. He passed a ghoulish ghost and some stinky goblin’s feet. A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!

This Little Piggy book
#74
This Little Piggy
Written and illustrated by Jarvis
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

These little piggies lead a series of silly counting opportunities from one to ten as Jarvis puts his spin on a popular nursery rhyme. One little piggy went to market. Two little piggies had a car but couldn’t park it. When one little piggy sets out for the market, more and more piggies join in, dancing for hours, flying with superpowers, playing bongos on top of an elephant — and counting to ten all the while. Leading young ones easily from toe games to numbers, this little book will have them squealing with fun.

The Itsy Bitsy School Bus book
#75
The Itsy Bitsy School Bus
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A fun and playful back-to-school twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

The itsy bitsy school bus was ready for the day. Backpack was full with lunch and books, hooray! Dropped off at school, it was time to learn and play, The teacher said, “Hello, nice to meet you all today.”

The itsy bitsy school bus is ready for the first day of school! Whether it’s a first day to Pre-K or back-to-school, little ones are sure to love this classroom twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

This Little Reindeer book
#76
This Little Reindeer
Written by Aly Fronis and illustrated by Luke Flowers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A fun, Christmas-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy”! This little reindeer went to market. This little reindeer loaded the sleigh. This little reindeer did some stretching. And this little reindeer mapped the way. These little reindeer have a lot of work to do to prepare for Chistmas! One goes to the market, one loads Santa’s sleigh, one stretches, one cooks some treats, and one plays in the snow. Now they’re all ready to deliver presents and wish you a Merry Christmas!

Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault book
#77
Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-18

In 1697, Charles Perrault published The Tales of Mother Goose, which became a staple in every child’s library. This classic collection gathers nine of those beloved stories, accompanied by the bright and colorful illustrations of Francesca Rossi. Her art, like the fresh, modern retelling, bring a touch of modernity to Perrault’s timeless work—including “The Fairies,” “Bluebeard,” “Tom Thumb,” “Donkey Skin,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

  1. Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita - Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart.

  2. Cindy Moo - One night on the farm, the cows overhear a fantastic tale. “Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon!” Inspired by this classic rhyme, a plucky cow named Cindy Moo sets out to prove that cows really can leap over the moon. The other cows laugh at her, but that doesn’t stop Cindy from trying—and failing—night after night . . . until a trick of nature shows Cindy a way to triumph. As delightfully silly as the original nursery rhyme, this hilarious picture book will have readers of all stripes (and spots) cheering for its determined heroine.

  3. Indestructibles: Hickory Dickory Dock - Indestructibles are the 100 percent baby proof, chew proof, rip proof, completely washable, and nontoxic series of books. Books built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to endless chewing, gumming, gnawing, grabbing, bending, and pulling. Then, once the books get dirty, parents can throw them in a dishwasher or washing machine to make them clean as new. The title is adapted from classic nursery rhymes and illustrated by Jonas Sickler. Sickler’s paintings are whimsical and fun, filled with dazzling textures and eye-popping color. They will grab and keep a baby’s attention, and delight adults. The book offers a multicultural twist on a classic nursery rhyme — Hickory Dickory Dock follows two mice as they climb Big Ben. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover.

  4. The Crown Affair - In the sequel to What REALLY Happened to Humpty?, Jack (Jill’s other half) fell down the Hill and had his crown stolen. It’s up to detective Joe Dumpty to round up the usual suspects and track down the culprit.

Indestructibles: Frere Jacques book
#82
Indestructibles: Frere Jacques
Written by Amy Pixton and illustrated by Jonas Sickler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Indestructibles are the 100 percent baby proof, chew proof, rip proof, completely washable, and nontoxic series of books. Books built for the way babies read, Indestructibles are printed on an amazing nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to endless chewing, gumming, gnawing, grabbing, bending, and pulling. Then, once the books get dirty, parents can throw them in a dishwasher or washing machine to make them clean as new.

The title is adapted from classic nursery rhymes and illustrated by Jonas Sickler. Sickler’s paintings are whimsical and fun, filled with dazzling textures and eye-popping color. They will grab and keep a baby’s attention, and delight adults. The book offers a multicultural twist on a classic nursery rhyme — in Frere Jacques, a sleeping pastry chef dreams of bonbons and crêpes flying over the streets of Paris. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover.

Sleep Tight, Snow White book
#83
Sleep Tight, Snow White
Written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Lorena Alvarez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Everyone has a hard time nodding off sometimes—from Prince Charming, who snores so loud it’s alarming, to Hansel and Gretel, who have Sleepytime tea in the kettle. With a good night’s sleep, even the Wicked Queen can have a new day, fresh and clean!

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe book
#84
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Written and illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Go from 1 to 20, and look for chicks aplenty, in this cheerful read-along board book. Parents’ newest story hour pick is a seasoned favorite counting rhyme with an exciting twist. Rabbit needs to one, two, buckle her shoe and three, four, run out the door so she can help her neighbor Mommy Hen prepare a yummy surprise for the little pigs’ birthday party. Meanwhile, Mommy Hen’s four little chickes are playing hide and seek. Can you count to 20 with Rabbit and keep track of those sneaky chicks at the same time? Between the four little chicks hiding on every page and the creative story-telling approach to a popular counting rhyme, there is a lot to love about this board book that is perfect for small hands. Combined with Jane Cabrera’s signature eye-catching art style, learning to count has never been so much fun. Jane Cabrera’s Story Time celebrates children’s best-loved read along nursery rhymes and songs. These interactive favorites are given a new twist by award-winning artist Jane Cabrera and feature her bold, bright, kid-friendly illustrations. Other titles in the series include Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Blooming Beneath The Sun book
#85
Blooming Beneath The Sun
Written by Emily Calandrelli and illustrated by Renee Kurilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Newbery Award honoree Ashley Bryan has hand-selected a collection of celebrated English poet Christina Rossetti’s poems to illustrate with his inimitable flourish.

The world changes so quickly, but the joy and fun of being a child always remains. Christina Rossetti’s classic nursery rhymes have embodied the simple essence of childhood for centuries, and now award-winning illustrator Ashley Bryan brings new life to them with this wonderfully illustrated selection of Rossetti’s poetry.

Bryan’s bright and intricate collage art perfectly complement Rossetti’s simple text, and together they create a vibrant book for both kids—and kids at heart.

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush book
#86
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Written and illustrated by Jane Cabrera
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

There’s so much to do on a cold and frosty day. . . . All the neighborhood animals - from a puppy with heart-shaped spots to a cuddly pig in a scarf - brave the cold to play together and go ‘round the mulberry bush. Sing along with the familiar nursery rhyme celebrating morning routine . . . continuing into an afternoon of fun and cozy bedtime wishes, in Jane Cabrera’s twist on a traditional song. A perfect fit for small hands looking for something to read early in the morning or late at night. Jane Cabrera’s Story Time celebrates children’s best-loved read along nursery rhymes and songs. These interactive favorites are given a new twist by award-winning artist Jane Cabrera and feature her bold, bright, kid-friendly illustrations. Other titles in the series include If You’re Happy and You Know It, One Two Buckle My Shoe, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

  1. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush - There’s so much to do on a cold and frosty day. . . . Two young pups are excited to go outside and play - but first they have to get ready for school. Sing along as they wake up, brush their teeth, get dressed, march to school, and finally get to go have fun. All the neighborhood children - from three young mice bundled up tight to a cuddly pig in a cozy hat - brave the cold to play together. Experience the familiar nursery rhyme celebrating morning routine . . . and continue the day’s routine into an afternoon of fun and cozy bedtime wishes that makes this picture book perfect for both story hours and bedtime. Send little ones off to school for the first time knowing what to expect - and also what to be excited for! Jane Cabrera’s Story Time celebrates children’s best-loved read along nursery rhymes and songs. These interactive favorites are given a new twist by award-winning artist Jane Cabrera and feature her bold, bright, kid-friendly illustrations. Other titles in the series include If You’re Happy and You Know It, One Two Buckle My Shoe, and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

  2. Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes - “This collection of silly rhymes and poems is sure to please. . . . An excellent choice for pre-readers and very young children, as well as anyone with a love for nursery rhymes.” — School Library Journal (starred review) Michael Rosen invites children to joyfully celebrate sounds and the infinite possibilities of language with these nine clever poems adapted from A Great Big Cuddle. Nonsense verses with the feel of classic nursery rhymes tickle the ear and set feet tapping while expressive illustrations by Chris Riddell illuminate the larger-than-life characters. With subject matter that runs the gamut of a child’s emotional range from hungry and angry to wiggly and giggly, this collection will delight little listeners.

  3. The Itsy Bitsy Sweetheart - An adorable Valentine’s Day twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!” The itsy bitsy sweetheart was loveable and kind, Drawing new cards for his friends and Valentines! Out came the markers, paints, and sticky glue, The itsy bitsy sweetheart had lots of work to do! The itsy bitsy sweetheart spreads holiday cheer as she makes Valentine’s Day cards for her family and friends! Little ones will love this sweet twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

  4. If You're Happy and You Know It - The words to a familiar nursery song encourage babies and their parents to have fun together. On board pages.

What I Like! book
#91
What I Like!
Written by Gervase Phinn and illustrated by Jane Eccles
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A collection of humorous poetry for children, including some original treatments of familiar nursery rhymes.

This Old Man book
#92
This Old Man
Written and illustrated by Claire Keay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Learn to count and add with this traditional rhyme. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child.

She'll Be Coming 'round the Mountain book
#93
She'll Be Coming 'round the Mountain
Written and illustrated by Anne Passchier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

She’ll be coming round the mountain, when she comes. Toot, Toot! How will she arrive next? Featuring a range of vehicles, activities and sounds, this catchy song is a delightful way to learn new words. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm book
#94
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Written by Susie Linn and illustrated by Dan Crisp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A favorite nursery rhyme counting book with cute farm animals that disappear one-by-one! Each time a die-cut card page is turned a colorful card farm animal disappears, encouraging children to learn to count as they read and sing the familiar nursery rhyme with a twist, and find out where all the animals go to! Ideal for parents to share with children age 3 and up.

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