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A Huge Hog is a Big Pig

By: Francis McCall, Patricia Keeler
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This rhyming words game is illustrated with crisp photographs and is sure to tickle the imagination as another rhyming description is sought. Eight Ate: A Feast of Homonym Riddles by Marvin Terban (Sandpiper) is just what the title indicates and may be considered for use with more experienced readers (grade 2-3). This, too, is supported by line drawings.

Cha Cha Chimps

By: Julia Durango
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Chimps from one to ten counting sneak out to dance their rhyming way around and through this very funny counting book.

Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City

By: Robert Burleigh
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Rhyming couplets describe city sounds with illustrations embedding the onomatopoeic sounds.

Fox in Socks

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Tongue twisters abound in this lively and easy to read book by the famous doctor.

Giraffes Can't Dance

By: Giles Andreae
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Gerald, the giraffe, is told by the other jungle animals that he can't dance. Of course, they're proven wrong as Gerald does his thing in this rhyming tale. This book may also inspire alliterative use of language.

Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Familiar subjects are presented in short poems by a range of writers. These easier-to read works are just right to encourage careful listening.

I Can't Said the Ant

By: Matthew Polly
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An improbable cumulative tale with lots of interesting rhymes that uses illustrations as clues for meaning.

I'm Number One

By: Michael Rosen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When the humans are away, a toy soldier named A-One becomes demanding, calling the other toys names. When they begin playing with the sounds and letters of the words, insults become silly to make everyone smile and reform. In addition to playing with the sound of words, this humorously illustrated book just may start a discussion of bullying and behavior.

Jamberry

By: Bruce Degen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jaunty rhymes (that just may be 'sing-able') are likely to ead to wordplay (literally) as one follows the animal cast play with berries of all kinds.

Mom and Dad Are Palindromes

By: Mark Shulman
Illustrated by: Adam McCauley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When a boy learns about palindromes, he begins to see them everywhere. The humorous tale introduces words and phrases that are the same when spelled - and pronounced - forward or backward. Palindrome riddles are presented in Too Hot to Hoot: Funny Palindrome Riddles by Marvin Terban (Sandpiper). Both books have strong visual clues.

Sheep in a Jeep

By: Nancy Shaw
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Silly rhymes about silly activities make the words jump off the page, complemented by humorous illustrations.

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