Books by Theme
Play with rhymes and words as you read these delightful picture books together with kids. You'll find silly rhyme games, alliteration, palindromes, a cumulative story, short poems that encourage close listening — and more!
A Huge Hog is a Big Pig
This rhyming words game is illustrated with crisp photographs and is sure to tickle the imagination as another rhyming description is sought. For more experienced readers (grade 2-3), try Eight Ate: A Feast of Homonym Riddles by Marvin Terban — just what the title indicates.
Cha Cha Chimps
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
Rhyming couplets describe city sounds with illustrations embedding the onomatopoeic sounds.
Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems
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
An improbable cumulative tale with lots of interesting rhymes that uses illustrations as clues for meaning.
I'm Number One
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.
Mom and Dad Are Palindromes
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 &mdash 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.
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