Rhyming Books for 3-5 Year Olds

Learning to make and predict rhymes is an important part of a preschooler's literacy development. See our top picks for rhyming books.
By Michelle Anthony, PhD



Phonological awareness is one of the cornerstones of literacy development, and learning to make and predict rhymes is an important piece of that. Make reading these books a game and watch your child’s interest in rhyming—and reading—soar!

  • A Crowded Ride In The Countryside by Frank B. Edwards. You can pull out the theme of sharing as you help your child notice the funny way English works (e.g., how words that rhyme can sometimes be spelled differently…like fair and spare).
  • The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland. Fun rhyming book that is a quick read. Make different voices for the different characters and help your child develop a better understanding of point of view. Talk about adjectives and emotions, and foster your child’s emotional vocabulary—all while snuggling up and reading together!
  • The Big Blue Spot by Peter Horowitz. Charming tale of a blue spot’s search for a friend. Tie it in to so many things: teaching about emotions, teaching about rhyming, teaching about color mixing. Compare this book to Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni.
  • Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk. You will love this series! The illustrations are colorful, the text playful, and the main character delightful! Have your own tea party in celebration of Miss Spider!
  • Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. You really can’t go wrong with almost any Seuss book. They do tend to run long (for the reader) but the delight they engender is worth it. Engage your child in language play around rhymes, but do help him learn to distinguish real words from invented ones.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin. One of my favorites! Young children can “read” (memorize) this book easily, but until they do it also makes a great predicting book, as well as a wonderful color learning book.
  • The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra. Fun rhyming text about a girl whose science project goes awry. Help your child discover her own fizzing project. 
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