Rhyming words are a key ingredient in helping children develop the skills they need for reading. There is significant research that children well versed in rhyme have an easier time mastering reading. http://www.bookstart.org.uk/professionals/about-bookstart-and-the-packs/research/reviews-and-resources/the-benefit-of-rhymes/
Here are a few of my favorite rhyming books:
The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle
A new book by Eric Carle is always a treat. Carle wanted to expose young children to surrealism. The children 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. Fan of Carle will notice that he recycles some of his illustrations from other books.
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. Making predictions is also a key reading skill. This is great to read 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 along and enjoy each other’s company.
Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Polly Dunbar,
A baby goes for an adventure in a flying shoe. He goes to the sea, stops by the zoo, and meets the King and Queens