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Rhymes and Poetry for Preschoolers

Delight your students with the rhythms and sounds in these perfect books for read-alouds.

  • Grades: PreK–K

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
This cheerful introduction to colors comes alive through wonderful illustrations and rhyming text.

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka
This picture book introduces the saxophonist and a type of jazz, be bop.

Father Fox's Pennyrhymes by Clyde Watson
Spend a season with a fox and his family in this sweet and funny poetry collection.

The Fish Is Me!: Bathtime Rhymes by Neil Philip
Lather up with this collection of 18 effervescent poems about tub-time.

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
A caring elephant tries to protect the tiny creatures on a speck of dust.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
This lighthearted read-aloud bribes human kids to say good night like dinosaurs do without moping, crying, or demanding another story.

I SPY Little Learners by Jean Marzollo
Play "Spy" with your students and learn letters, numbers, and more.

Little Red Book of Nursery Rhymes
A great edition of favorite rhymes loaded with stunning red drawings. Yellow, Blue, and Green editions are also available.

Night Lights: 24 Poems to Sleep On by Denys Cazet
Spark your students sweet dreams with these picturesque poems that are perfect for naptime.

Tortillas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes: Spanish and English
These traditional Latin American tales are presented with bilingual text, appealing illustrations, and instructions for finger play.

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young collected by Jack Prelutsky
Delight in this anthology of 200 rhymes and verses that will turn your students on to poetry.

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever by Richard Scarry
Join Lowly Worm, Huckle Cat, and all the other creatures from Busytown for a frolic through favorite nursery stories.

The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O. Zelinsky
Get your students in the mood for starting school with this addictive rhyme brought to life in eye-popping illustrations.

When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne
Share the childhood experiences that never go out of style in this classic from the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
Join musicians on a colorful, rhyming tour of numbers and instruments.

 

  • Subjects:
    Literature, Literature Appreciation, Early Reading, Songs and Rhymes, National Poetry Month, Spring Themes, Teacher Tips and Strategies
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