Best Kids Books About Nursery rhymes

21 of the Best Nursery-Rhymes Books

Updated Mar. 12, 2019

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!

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) book
#1
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
#2
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

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.

One Fine Trade book
#3
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.

The Hugely-Wugely Spider book
#4
The Hugely-Wugely Spider
Written by Ethan T. Berlin and illustrated by Karl Newsom Edwards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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

Mother Goose's Pajama Party book
#5
Mother Goose's Pajama Party
Written by Danna Smith and illustrated by Virginia Allyn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is such a great tale of classic nursery rhymes combined into a fun slumber party. There is something in it for everyone to love! They story flows along with one great line from many different rhymes and swirls into a magical journey of adventure and rhyming!

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.

"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.

Three Blind Mice Team Up with the Three Little Pigs book
#6
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.

What Really Happened to Humpty? book
#7
What Really Happened to Humpty?
Written and illustrated by Jeanie Franz Ransom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

Good Night, Sleep Tight book
#8
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Written and illustrated by Mem Fox
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this book with rhyming text, Bonnie and Ben's favorite babysitter reads them nursery rhymes before putting them to bed.

The House That Jack Built book
#9
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.

Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo? book
#10
Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo?
Written and illustrated by Iza Trapani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

These Little Piggies Go to the Beach book
#11
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.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm book
#12
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.

Hey Diddle Diddle book
#13
Hey Diddle Diddle
Written by Emma Schmid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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.

Hickory Dickory Dock book
#14
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.

She'll Be Coming 'round the Mountain book
#15
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.

My Very First Mother Goose book
#16
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.

The Muffin Man book
#17
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.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Classic Nursery Rhymes Retold book
#18
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.

This Old Man book
#19
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.

Sylvia Long's Mother Goose book
#20
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

Little Bunny Foo Foo book
#21
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Written and illustrated by Cori Doerffeld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

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