The best rhyming picture books

The Books I Picked & Why


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.

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The Gruffalo

By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

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. 

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The Crayon Box That Talked

By Shane DeRolf, Michael Letzig

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.

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Snowmen at Night

By Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner

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!

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The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

By Joe Troiano, Susan Banta

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.

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