Little Library Bookshelf: Rhymes with Awesome


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Maybe you have heard the term phonological awareness and, like many, have quickly zoned out on that conversation. Who wouldn’t? Try saying it ten times fast. Yuck. Those of us in the teaching and reading fields know that it simply means identifying sounds that make up words. That’s it. I know. Roll your eyes with me.

When talking with parents about early literacy, our library staff emphasize the practices you can do with your child to encourage phonological awareness —but we use more digestible terms such as talk, sing, read, write and play!

Reading books with rhyming words exposes children to different word sounds — rhythmic, repeating, and sometimes made-up sounds. The following small selection includes just a few of my favorite rhyming books to read with your little one.

Rhyming Books for Kids

My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, edited by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells These two compilations are my favorite Mother Goose collections. They have so many familiar rhymes and some new ones too! The illustrations are huge, and so are the words. Many of them can be sung, but most of them are meant to be spoken. Have your hands out and clap along to the rhyming pattern!

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
“I have lost my new blue socks,” declares Duck in the opening of this sweet little story about a young duck who looks everywhere and asks everyone for his socks. This book is Dr. Seuss meets iSpy. Which one of your little ones will be the first to spot the missing socks?

Two at the Zoo: A Counting Book by Dana Smith, illustrated by Valeria Petrone
A Boy and his grandpa count their way through this rhyming tale. This book combines counting and rhyming – two great things to read, talk and play about!

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna
Blub, bluuub, bluuuub! Poor pout-pout fish has an ever-present pout, even though all his friends try to cheer him up. It takes one special friend to do the trick! You won’t have a pout on your face after reading this rhyming tale.

Jamberry by Bruce Degen
A bear, a boy, and a whole lot of berries! This book contains rhymes (as promised) and made-up words. It might trip you up a little but have a good laugh anyway. Try singing this to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle!

Here at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices as a base for all of our storytimes. It is that important! We offer storytimes beginning at birth, so stop by and visit. Our event calendar can be accessed here. You do not need to be a cardholder to attend!

You can get more Early Literacy picks from Heather’s Blog: Little Literacy Librarian.  Connect with the Vernon Area Public Library District:

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Little Library Bookshelf: Rhymes with Awesome
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