Children love poems. Rhyming words help children develop pre-reading skills. Research shows that children well versed in rhyme will have an easier time mastering reading. www.themeasuredmom.com/why-is-rhyming-important/
Here are a few of my favorite rhyming books:
The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle
Eric Carle created this colorful picture book to teach young children about surrealism. Youngsters may not care about that but they will love the silly rhymes and illustrations of birds swimming, fish flying and a boy in a kangaroo’s pouch.
Louella Mae, She’s Run Away by Karen Beaumont Alarcon, illustrated by Roseanne Litzinger
Louella Mae, She’s run away!
Look in the cornfields!
Look in the hay!
Where, oh where is Louella Mae?
When Louella May runs away, the family goes on a frantic search to find her. Rhyming words provide clues to the action on the next page. Predicting results is another key reading skill. I love reading this aloud with a southern accent.
Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
A tiny bug went for a walk.
He met a cat and stopped to talk.
They fell in step and strolled a while,
And bumped into a crocodile…
The bug, the cat and the crocodile continue to make new friends as they travel and revel in each other’s company.
Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Polly Dunbar,
There once was a baby who hid in a shoe,
and had learnt how to say ‘How do you do?’
In a shoe you might think there is not much to do,
but this very same baby went to sea in that shoe!
A baby goes for an adventure in a flying shoe. He heads to the sea, stops by the zoo, and meets the King and Queen.