Stories that Rhyme

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 Picture Books are shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.  All of the books in this list can be found in the Picture Book collection.

I Can Do It Myself!
by Diane Adams
Emily Pearl is a big girl who insists on doing everything for herself until evening, when having someone help her get ready for bed is nice.  

All of Baby: Nose to Toes
by Victoria Adler
A colorfully illustrated celebration of everything baby, from one little nose to ten dancing toes can be found in a charming picture book for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Push Button
by Aliki
Tirelessly pushing buttons wherever he finds them, an irrepressible little boy explores everything from telephones and elevators to toys and televisions before hurting his finger and discovering the button-free, imaginative world of books. 

Be Brave Little Penguin
by Giles Andreae
Pip-Pip, the littlest penguin, is teased for being afraid of the water until, with his mother's guidance, he finally jumps in.

by Keith Baker
A whimsically illustrated series of exuberant peas demonstrate a range of interests, hobbies and careers themed around the letters of the alphabet, from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas.

by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Duck cannot sleep because he is hungry, but while he is preparing a snack the Hampire, who roams the barnyard at night sinking his fangs into food, is creeping near.

One Brown Bunny
by Marion Dane Bauer
One brown bunny goes out one day and finds many friends who would like to play.

Thank You For Me!
by Marion Dane Bauer
Rhythmic text enumerates what various body parts can do, including hands to clap and a body to twirl, then expresses thanks for each of those parts--and for the whole.

Doggone Dogs!
by Karen Beaumont
Ten unruly dogs get loose at the park, and when they are captured by the dog-catcher, they work together to affect their escape and return home.

No Sleep for the Sheep
by Karen Beaumont
A sheep wants nothing but to go to sleep in the big red barn on the farm, but each time he closes his eyes, another animal moos or neighs or peeps to come in.

King Jack & the Dragon
by Peter Bently
Jack, Zack, and Caspar build a castle fort, then spend a day fighting dragons and beasts, but at day's end giants carry away first Sir Zack, then Caspar, and King Jack is left to face night creatures alone. 

Duck Tents
by Lynne Berry
While on a camping trip, five little ducks pitch tents, go fishing, toast marshmallows around a campfire, and face frightening night noises.

Hey Diddle Diddle!
by Eve Bunting
An animal orchestra warms up to play in a music box band.

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe!
by Jane Cabrera
Four chicks have fun hiding while Rabbit and Mommy Hen prepare a party for the little pigs' birthday.

Mighty Tug
by Alyssa Capucilli
From early in the morning until time to say, "Good night," Mighty Tug works in the busy harbor, guiding cargo ships, pulling barges, and helping with rescues.

Don’t Slam the Door!
by Dori Chaconas
A cumulative, rhyming tale of a slamming door which wakes a cat, setting into motion an absurd chain of events and resulting in chaos.

One Pup’s Up
by Marsha Chall
Rhyming text counts off ten puppies as they awaken one by one, chase and bounce around the house, eat kibble and get washed, then fall back to sleep.

Cuddle Up, Goodnight
by Katie Clemenson
Follows, in rhymed text and illustrations, a little boy's activities from the time he wakes up in the morning until he goes to bed at night.

by Doreen Cronin
Prepared to start the day on the right paw, a little pooch demonstrates the many practical, fun, and silly ways one can stretch in order to get the body healthy, in shape, and ready for action!

Cool Daddy Rat
by Kristyn Crow
While out one night playing his bass and scatting around the city streets, Cool Daddy Rat discovers his son hiding in his bass case and, to his surprise, learns that his son shares his musical interest as well as some great scatting skills of his own! 

Big Words for Little People
by Jamie Lee Curtis
A big sister teaches her younger siblings some important words, like "responsible," "persevere," and "respect."

Guinea Pigs Add Up
by Margery Cuyler
Mr. Gilbert brings in a guinea pig as a class pet, but it looks so lonely he brings another, and before long the class is getting an unexpected lesson in addition--and a very full cage.

Nothing Can Frighten a Bear
by Elizabeth Dale
When Baby Bear hears a noise and fears a monster is near, the whole family gets out of bed and searches the woods to prove that monsters are not real.

Mini Racer
by Kristy Dempsey
Animals in a variety of fanciful vehicles, including a snail on a skateboard and rabbits in a carrot-car, race over a difficult course with a suspenseful and surprising outcome.

Llama, Llama Misses Mama
by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school. 

Best Bear
by Emma Dodd
In rhyming text, a boy describes his special love for his teddy bear as he settles down to sleep. 

What the Ladybug Heard
by Julia Donaldson
Although much quieter than the farm animals that moo, cluck, or oink, a gentle ladybug is instrumental in foiling a plan to steal the farm's prize-winning cow. 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car
by Kate Dopirak
In this twist on the classic poem, a little red car takes a final cruise around town before going to bed, beeping good-night to all his vehicular friends. 

Ready, Set, Sail!
by Meg Fleming
Follows a group of friends as they go sailing, explore an island, and return home to tell their tale.

Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair
by Lee Fox
Preferring any activity from skipping in the rain to dancing in the sunshine over caring for her increasingly unruly hair, young Ella engages in a battle of wills with her long-suffering mother before agreeing to a mutually satisfying solution. 

Hello Baby!
by Mem Fox
A baby encounters a variety of young animals, including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub, before discovering the most precious creature of all.

This is the Firefighter
by Laura Godwin
In short, rhyming sentences tells the story of firefighters responding to a fire in a building from the time the alarm rings and the firefighters leave the station until they declare "all clear" and return

Inky the Octopus
by Erin Guendelsberger
One morning at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, aquarium keepers discover Inky the octopus is missing from his tank, and they suspect he may have escaped through a drain in the floor.

Drum City
by Thea Guidone
A young boy begins banging on pots and pans in his front yard, enticing other children to join him on bowls, buckets, barrels and bins, and before long the entire city is feeling the beat.

Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree
by Sandy Shapiro Hurt
In rhymed couplets, with magical illustrations, Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree spins a story of adventure, imagination, and the importance of home.

The Seven Seas
by Ellen Jackson
During a geography lesson, a child takes an imaginary journey to each of the seven seas, including the Brown Sea which is made of chocolate, and the Pink Sea which has flamingos. 

Red Green Blue
by Alison Jay
Characters from nursery rhymes populate this tale, which highlights the colorful aspects of the familiar poems. Includes a key to the nursery rhymes referenced in the story.

Izzy Gizmo
by Pip Jones
Izzy Gizmo loves to invent but gets frustrated when her inventions fail to work properly, so when she finds a crow with a broken wing her grandfather urges her to persist until she finds a way to help.

A Boy Who Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat
by Karla Kuskin
After a boy’s mother buys him a hat, she buys him a mouse, shoes, boots, skis, mask, cello and an elephant--none of which he is ever without.

Good Night Little Monsters
by Kara LaReau
Little monsters prepare for bed by reading one last bed-tomb story, wrapping up tight, and howling a lullaby. 

 A Yellow Kayak
by Nina Layden
A child and his beloved giraffe go on a grand sea adventure.

Cat Dreams
by Ursula Le Guin
Presents a feline dreamland where it rains mice, all the dogs have run away, and a big bowl of kibbles and cream is waiting.

Monday is One Day
by Arthur Levine
A love note from a working parent to a child, counting the days of the week -- each one a special opportunity to spend time together.

Bats at the Library
by Brian Lies
Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there. -

One Drowsy Dragon
by Ethan Long
As one dragon tries to take a nap, his ten little dragons, in increasing numbers, disturb his sleep by making milk shakes, screaming at scary movies, and playing loud games.

Please Pick Me Up, Mama!
by Robin Luebs
A baby raccoon spends the day with its mother enjoying many different experiences, from dressing up the cat to splashing and clapping. 

Teddy Bear Counting
by Barbara McGrath
Simple rhyming text invites the youngest students to count brightly colored teddy bears from zero to 12 and back again and form the primary shapes of a circle, square and triangle.

Bubble Trouble
by Margaret Mahy
When her baby brother is captured inside one of her bubbles and floats high in the air, Mabel, her family, and everyone in town chases about to get him safely back down to earth before he sails too far away!

Ten Little Caterpillars
by Bill Martin
Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens.

Oh, What a Beautiful Day!
by Jeanne Modesitt
Rhyming text celebrates the wonder of a beautiful day as a girl meets animals swirling, twirling, and loving every minute of it, with them appearing in groups totaling from one to ten animals.

The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School
by Laura Murray
When a leprechaun makes mischief at the school, the Gingerbread Man follows his clues and sets a trap to outsmart him.

Soccer Hour
by Carol Nevius
Soccer practice begins, and the players stretch, warm up, and work on their footwork, juggling, goal shooting, and keep-away skills before splitting into two teams for an exciting scrimmage.

Bears on Chairs
by Shirley Parenteau
Four adorable bears sit on four chairs, but when Big Brown Bear shows up, they must put their heads together to make room for one more, in a cozy tale filled with infectious rhymes and expressive illustrations.

Big Cat Pepper
by Elizabeth Patridge
Big Cat Pepper has always been part of the family, but after he grows very old and dies, the boy who loves him comes to understand his mother's reassurance that "his spirit is forever and can fly, fly, fly."

Blackberry Banquet
by Terry Pierce
All the forest animals enjoy eating the fruit from a wild blackberry bush, until a bear arrives to join them. 

Grandpappy Snippy Snappies
by Lynn Plourde
When things go wrong around his farm, Grandpappy sets them right with a snap of his suspenders, but what will he do when Grandmammy is in trouble and the suspenders are all worn out? 

Little Black Crow
by Chris Raschka
A boy thinks about the life of a little black crow that he sees, wondering where it goes in the snow, where it sleeps and whether or not it worries like he does. 

Too Pickley!
by Jean Reidy
A follow-up to Too Purpley! features energetic rhyming text about an extra-picky eater who fusses his way through a snack time marked by increasingly wacky foods, from raisins and green beans to pizza and escargot.

Creak! Said the Bed
by Phyllis Root
Awakened in the middle of a stormy night by a squeaky bedroom door, Mama invites her children and the family dog onto the creaky bed while Papa continues to snore away noisily. 

All Aboard to Work — Choo, Choo
by Carol Roth
It's a bustling morning at the train station as bears, ducks, roosters, and other animals dressed in uniforms and business attire wave good-bye to their families, hop aboard the train, and head to work, in this reassuring tale featuring bright illustrations and simple rhymes. 

All in a Day
by Cynthia Rylant
This lovely book illuminates all the possibilities a day offers—the opportunities and chances that won’t ever come again—and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
by Alice Schertle
A country truck feels out of place in the speedy, noisy city until he comes to the rescue during a giant traffic jam.

Cat & Mouse
by Ian Schoenherr
A cat and a mouse lovingly torment each other to the nursery rhymes, "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" and "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo."

Don’t Spill the Beans!
by Ian Schoenherr
A bear tries hard to keep a birthday surprise a secret.

by Laura Seeger
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text celebrate the many shades of blue seen during the relationship of a boy and his dog as the boy grows from a baby to an adult.

When the World is Ready for Bed
by Gillian Shields
A rabbit family prepares for bed by cleaning up toys, folding clothes, talking about the events of the day, and reading a book.

Sleepy Little Alphabet
by Judy Sierra
It's sleepy time in Alphabet Town, but the twenty-six little letters of the alphabet all have something they need--or want--to do before big-letter moms and dads tuck them in.

What’s the Matter, Bunny Blue?
by Nicola Smee
Poor little Bunny Blue has lost his granny. She's got soft furry arms, twinkly eyes and a great big smile. Where CAN she be? 

I Can Be Anything
by Jerry Spinelli
A little boy ponders the many possible jobs in his future, from paper-plane folder and puppy-dog holder to mixing-bowl licker and tin-can kicker.

Cats’ Night Out
by Caroline Stutson
Cats dance the night away out on the town, doing such dances as the tango, rumba, twist, and fox trot. 

Fiesta Babies
by Carmen Tafolla
Happy babies enjoy the colorful traditions of a spirited Latino fiesta with singing to mariachi songs, marching on parade, dancing, hugs and kisses.

In Between Things
by Priscilla Tey
In a muddle over things in the middle? Then dive between the covers of this book and take a look at the countless in-between things in every cranny and every nook.

Goodnight Bunny
by Lauren Thompson
Bunny says goodnight to flowers, animals, and family before snuggling into bed.

How Many Cats?
by Lauren Thompson
Left alone for the afternoon, a bored and restless cat invites a few neighborhood cats over to play, but things get out of control and soon the entire house becomes overwhelmed with a wild ensemble of boisterous guests who are roaming in, out, on, and under everything in sight! 

Dreaming of You
by Amy VanderWater
This soothing bedtime story explores the question of what animals dream when they sleep. The lyrical text tells readers that chipmunks dream of digging deep burrows, puppies dream of long waggy walks, and horses dream of wild windy rides. But most of all, the animals dream of all the fun and adventure the next day will bring.

Backyard Fairies
by Phoebe Wahl
Fairies are real, and they're all around us! Award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl offers a fanciful and beautifully illustrated peek into the hidden world of fairies, sprites, and other magical creatures.

The Busy Tree
by Jennifer Ward
Many different types of wildlife live in and around a tree that is their home, from chipmunks and woodpeckers to ants and spiders. 

Woof: A Love Story
by Sarah Weeks
Falling hopelessly in love with the cat next door, an affectionate pooch tries to express his ardor in ineffective canine ways before endeavoring to win the cat's esteem through the power of music. 

Piggy Pie Po
by Audrey Wood
A volume of three playful tales about an irrepressible young pig follows his whimsical antics as he precociously endeavors to prove that he is the smartest, messiest and silliest pig anywhere. 

In this twist on the classic poem, a little red car takes a final cruise around town before going to bed, beeping good-night to all his vehicular friends.
In this twist on the classic poem, a little red car takes a final cruise around town before going to bed, beeping good-night to all his vehicular friends.