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Rhyming Books

Whether or not you're a fan of Dr. Seuss, you aren't likely to forget his books for one simple reason—they rhyme. Each line carries a cadence that drives the sing-song deep into the memory where it survives and prospers, and it does this most effectively in the minds of children. The rhythms of language impart a love of words kids are unlikly to abandon when they're older.

It's pretty common to equate "rhyme" and "poetry." There are a couple things wrong with this assumption: not all poetry rhymes, and poetry is more about meter than it is about vowel-chime. Meter is the beat of each line, the "da-da-da-da-da-da" that makes poetry distinct from prose. Rhyming books aren't necessarily poetry (at least, not in the Robert Frost or John Milton sense), but they are incredibly musical.

Kids aren't born automatically in love with language. If their first encounters with reading (either being read aloud to or learning how to read themselves) throw them into contact with primarily dull books, there's a good chance they'll grow up with a distaste for words. Even if they encounter brilliant writing later, they're already predisposed to reject it, largely because they don't understand it or have the tools to appreciate it.

Rhyming books are a great place to start to help raise readers who are entranced by well-constructed sentences. If you suppose someone like Bill Peet is a shoddy craftsman because he writes relatively simple narratives for kiddos, you need to re-read The Caboose Who Got Loose. Writers who can create fun stories using a form as difficult as metered couplets deserve not only our admiration, but our readership.

We love words here at Exodus Books. We love the way the printed page looks. We offer many first-rate titles. Peruse them when you're feeling idle.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"
by Patricia Thomas
from HarperCollins
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
¡Pío Peep!
by Alice Schertle, Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy
Bilingual from Rayo
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Always Room for One More
by Sorche Nic Leodhas
from Henry Holt and Company
for Preschool-3rd grade
1966 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.96
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
Rhyming Fantasy for 1st-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.21
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
Rhyming Fantasy for 1st-4th grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose
by Arnold Lobel
from Random House
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Mother Goose (Location: CPB-02C)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
by Verna Aardema & Beatriz Vidal
from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Caboose Who Got Loose
by Bill Peet
from Sandpiper Books
Personification Stories for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for 1st-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$7.50 $3.50 (1 in stock)
Cat in the Hat Comes Back
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$3.15 (1 in stock)
Cattus Petasatus
by Dr. Seuss
from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
Rhyming fantasy (in Latin) for 1st-3rd grade
in Latin Resources & Reference (Location: B14-03A)
Chicken Soup With Rice
by Maurice Sendak
from HarperCollins
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Each Peach Pear Plum
by Allan & Janet Ahlberg
from Puffin Books
Rhyming Story for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.19
Each Peach Pear Plum
by Allan & Janet Ahlberg
from Puffin Books
Rhyming Story for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
Ella
by Bill Peet
from Houghton Mifflin
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Fish Out of Water
by Helen Palmer
from Random House
Animal Fantasy/Rhyming Stories for Nursery-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$6.99
Fly Went By
by Mike McClintock
from Random House
Rhyming Books for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$6.29
Foot Book
Bright & Early Books
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
Fantasy for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
Hand Rhymes
by Marc Brown
from Dutton Children's Books
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Horton Hatches the Egg
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
read-aloud poetry picture book for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.21 $6.30 (1 in stock)
Horton Hears a Who!
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
Animal Fantasy for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$11.21
House Is a House for Me
by Mary Ann Hoberman
from Puffin Books
Rhyming Stories for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
Christmas Stories for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$12.74
Hubert's Hair-Raising Adventure
by Bill Peet
from Houghton Mifflin
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Huge Harold
by Bill Peet
from Houghton Mifflin
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
If Everybody Did
by Jo Ann Stover
from Bob Jones University Press
Rhyming Books for 1st-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.59
If Jesus Came to My House
by Joan Gale Thomas
from HarperCollins
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$12.74
In a People House
by Theo. LeSieg
for Nursery-1st grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$2.10 (1 in stock)
Johnny Appleseed
by Reeve Lindbergh
from Little, Brown & Company
Poetry for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.89
Kermit the Hermit
by Bill Peet
from Houghton Mifflin
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.49
Library
by Sarah Stewart
from Square Fish Publishing
Rhyming Books for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.59
Little Fur Family
by Margaret Wise Brown
from HarperCollins
Animal Fantasy/Rhyming Stories for Preschool-Kindergarten
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
Mad About Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Reissue from Viking Press
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction, Rhyming Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1940 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Madeline and the Bad Hat
by Ludwig Bemelmans
from Puffin Books
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.59 $2.40 (1 in stock)
Madeline in London
by Ludwig Bemelmans
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction, Rhyming Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
Madeline's Rescue
by Ludwig Bemelmans
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction, Rhyming Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
1954 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.99
Marguerite de Angeli's Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes
by Marguerite de Angeli
from Doubleday & Company
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Mother Goose (Location: CPB-02C)
Mother Goose
by Michael Hague
Reissue from Henry Holt and Company
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Mother Goose (Location: CPB-02C)
$7.50 (2 in stock)
My Very First Mother Goose
by Iona Opie
from Candlewick Press
for Nursery-kindergarten
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.90 (1 in stock)
Now We Are Six
by A. A. Milne
from Puffin Books
Poetry for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Now We Are Six
by A. A. Milne
from Dutton Children's Books
Poetry for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Oh, Say Can You Say?
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House
for 1st-4th grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
by Dr. Seuss
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
$3.15 (1 in stock)
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
by Dr. Seuss
Brdbk from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Nursery-2nd grade
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
Old Hat New Hat
by Stan & Jan Berenstain
from Random House
for Preschool-1st Grade
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
Old Hat New Hat
Bright & Early Books
by Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Beginner Books (Location: CPB-05C)
On Beyond Zebra!
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
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