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Nursery Rhymes and Rhyming: Books For Kids

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!

Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Nursery Rhymes book
#1
Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Nursery Rhymes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"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.

The House That Jack Built book
#2
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
#3
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.

Baby Loves to Party! book
#4
Baby Loves to Party!
Written and illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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!

The Itsy Bitsy Duckling book
#5
The Itsy Bitsy Duckling
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

  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 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!

  3. The Itsy Bitsy Bunny - 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.

  4. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman - 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.

This Old Man book
#10
This Old Man
Written and illustrated by Claire Keay
board 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. This is a board book edition.

Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat book
#11
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!

The Itsy Bitsy School Bus book
#12
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”!

Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes book
#13
Giggly Wiggly: Playtime Rhymes
Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"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.

Sleep Tight, Snow White book
#14
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!

  1. 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.”

  2. On My Swim - On My Swim, the fourth in a popular under-five series, is another delightful collaboration between Winters and Leist. Set on the waterfront in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, this book features a very young child frolicking on the beach and learning to swim. Toddlers will take delight in this whimsically illustrated rhyming story.n the water at the seaside.

  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.

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