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Fun with Rhyming and Word Sounds

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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

A Huge Hog Is a Big Pig

By: Francis McCall, Patricia Keeler
Genre: Nonfiction
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. 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

Cha Cha Chimps

By: Julia Durango
Genre: Fiction
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

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

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

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

Fox in Socks

Fox in Socks

By: Dr. Seuss
Genre: Poetry, Fiction
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

Giraffes Can't Dance

By: Giles Andreae
Genre: Fiction
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: School Poems

Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems

By: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Genre: Poetry
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

I Can’t Said the Ant

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

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

Jamberry

Jamberry

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

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

Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep

By: Nancy Shaw
Genre: Fiction
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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