Category Archives: Rhyme

The Wind Blew

Pat Hutchins’ classic books are still relevant today and The Wind Blew is a prime example. The wind keeps snatching items away from people and more and more things swirl around in the air above them. Illustrations give hints about what’s … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

Lucy loses many things.  The opening line, I was late again, couldn’t find my shoes, so I had to wear the ones I didn’t lose, sets the tone for the entire story:  when Lucy loses things so often, it intrudes upon her … Continue reading

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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Let’s face it. Some things grow and others don’t. How’s a kid to know the difference? “If an owlet grows and becomes an owl, can a washcloth grow and become a towel?” Susan A. Shea’s clever rhymes get those thinking … Continue reading

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The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

For a fresh take on an old favourite, read Laura Murray’s The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.  Instead of being baked at home by a little old woman, this one is baked at school, but is left behind when … Continue reading

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Brown: Seeing Brown All around Us

A rhyming non-fiction book about the colour brown engages children with big photos and fun facts about each brown item.  For example, a Brownie (Girl Scout) eating a brownie or the Brown that does tricks (a chocolate labrador).  The rhyming … Continue reading

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Tails

Matthew Van Fleet’s interactive, rhyming board book introduces kids to new animals such as pangolins and tamarins, as well as comparing sizes and counting familiar animals like pandas and chipmunks.  Filled with fun textures like bumpy, stringy and clingy, this … Continue reading

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Raccoon Tune

A family of raccoons go on their nightly food foraging in Nancy Shaw’s Raccoon Tune, a poetic picture book illustrated by Howard Fine.  A MichiganReads! book pick for 2008, this book is easy to read again and again.  The raccoons … Continue reading

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HUSH! A Thai Lullaby

A sleeping baby is a precious event, and the mother in Minfong Ho’s HUSH! is diligent in protecting the quiet.  Though mosquito, lizard, cat, mouse and more interrupt the silence, the baby sleeps while the mother hushes until all is … Continue reading

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Morning Has Broken

Cat Stevens made it popular, but Eleanor Farjeon wrote Morning Has Broken. There’s something so engaging about singing lyrics to a song while turning pages of a picture book. Sing a cappella or try it with the video below, which … Continue reading

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The Carnival of the Animals

Introduce children to poetry, classical music and art all at once with Camille Saint-Saën’s The Carnival of the Animals with new verses by Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Mary GrandPré.  The rhymes are fun to read aloud, … Continue reading

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