The best rhyming picture books

Who am I?

I am an award-winning children’s picture book author who writes stories about obstacles children encounter, focusing on the emotional and mental health of the character so children facing similar situations are able to relate. I have been writing poems and short stories since I was a child and all of my stories are written in rhyme. I love reading a rhyming book out loud and listening to the story unfold.


I wrote...

Soar

By Hillary Daecher, Angie Hohenadel (illustrator),

Book cover of Soar

What is my book about?

Ramone, a shy Ruby-throated hummingbird is about to leave the nest for the first time. But his anxiety and fear keep him from taking off as he contemplates all that could go wrong.

Full of kind words and encouragement, Ramone’s mother gives him room to work through his various emotions, building his confidence and letting him set his own pace. Ramone watches as his friends soar through the sky, realizing all he might miss out on if he doesn’t conquer his fear. Ramone’s adventure showcases the emotions, both positive and negative, children experience as they approach new challenges. Accompanied by strikingly beautiful illustrations, this tale guides readers through Ramone’s emotional journey, showing kids that fear must be overcome in order to grow.

The books I picked & why

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Parts

By Tedd Arnold,

Book cover of Parts

Why this book?

Parts is a hilarious and fun tale about a boy who thinks he is falling apart. After his toes start peeling, his tooth falls out, and he finds fuzz in his belly button, he thinks he will most likely have to be held together by duct tape. As the story unfolds, the boy’s parents realize they never told him all of these things are normal and soothe his worries. The rhyming scheme of this book is incredible and the illustrations capture the fun-loving nature of the message.

Parts

By Tedd Arnold,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Parts as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I just don't know what's going onOr why it has to beBut every day it's something worseWhat's happening to me?So begins this uproarious new story from the best-selling creator of No Jumping on the Bed!,Green Wilma, and other popular books. The young narrator has discovered a disturbing trend: There's fuzz in his belly button his toes are peeling and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces him of the awful truth his parts are coming unglued!Parts deals with a subject of deepest interest to every young child: the stuff our bodies…


The Gruffalo

By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (illustrator),

Book cover of The Gruffalo

Why this book?

The Gruffalo follows a crafty field mouse walking through the woods. As he comes upon creatures who want to eat him, the mouse describes an imaginary character that he is meeting for lunch. Mouse spins a tale to a fox, owl, and snake about the Gruffalo only to find out at the end of his journey, the Gruffalo is real! With his quick thinking, the mouse tells the Gruffalo that all of the animals in the woods are scared of him, and to prove it he asks the Gruffalo to follow him. As the mouse and the Gruffalo embark on their journey, snake, owl, and fox tremble at the sight of the Gruffalo, but the Gruffalo believes they are scared of the mouse! This book is so imaginative and fun. 

The Gruffalo

By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Gruffalo as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Julia Donaldson's trademark rhyming text and Axel Scheffler's brilliant, characterful illustrations come together in this perfect read aloud-a perfect gift for any special occasion!

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this, so he invents . . . the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end…


The Crayon Box That Talked

By Shane DeRolf, Michael Letzig (illustrator),

Book cover of The Crayon Box That Talked

Why this book?

The Crayon Box that Talked begins with a young girl overhearing a box of crayons arguing in a toy store about how they don’t like each other for their differences. The little girl buys the box of crayons and when she gets home begins to color. As the crayons begin to blend together and create beautiful art, they begin to see that their differences are actually something to celebrate because they all contribute to the bigger picture. The message in this book is beautiful.

The Crayon Box That Talked

By Shane DeRolf, Michael Letzig (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Crayon Box That Talked as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"While walking through a toy store, the day before today, I overheard a

crayon box with many things to say..." Once upon a time, Shane DeRolf wrote

a poem. It was a deceptively simple poem, a charming little piece that

celebrates the creation of harmony through diversity. The folks at the Ad

Council heard it--and liked it so much that they made it the theme for their

1997 National Anti-Discrimination Campaign for Children. Following on the heels

of nearly a year's worth of televised public service announcements, Random

House is phonored to publish the picture book, illustrated in every color…


Snowmen at Night

By Caralyn M. Buehner, Mark Buehner (illustrator),

Book cover of Snowmen at Night

Why this book?

Snowmen at Night is such a creative tale about all of the fun and mischief snowmen get into when we are sleeping! It seems they slide away from our yards and gather together to play games, drink cocoa, ice skate, and sled. It explains why snowmen may look different from day to day. I also love the illustrations in this book, they really bring the story to life and there are even hidden images within the pages which are so much fun to find!

Snowmen at Night

By Caralyn M. Buehner, Mark Buehner (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Snowmen at Night as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny's Dream, Snowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!


The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

By Joe Troiano, Susan Banta (illustrator),

Book cover of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Why this book?

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a fun Halloween read, but more importantly a wonderful story that shows the importance of acceptance. Spookley is unlike any other pumpkin in the patch because he is square instead of round. At first, the other pumpkins tease Spookley and are unkind to him because he is different. After a storm blows in and Spookley saves the day, the other pumpkins realize it doesn’t matter what Spookley looks like, what matters is the kind of pumpkin he is and how he showed kindness to others.

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

By Joe Troiano, Susan Banta (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin [paperback] Joe Troiano,Susan Banta [Jan 01, 2013]


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