Rhyming and Singing

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Recommended Reading List


This is a list of print/braille, audio, and large print books available for you to check out that help support the Rhyming and Singing skill from Wolfner Library’s Racing to Read curriculum. The books are all stories in rhyme.


To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through WolfPAC. Identification numbers for print/braille books begin with BR and large print books begin with LP. All audiobooks with the prefix DBC are linked to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading.


Babies (Birth through One)


Down by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand


Adapts a familiar children's song with a barnyard theme and pairs verses with illustrations of a puppy tractor driver who picks up his farm animal friends early in the morning. Building Block Award nominee, 2015.  2014.


Hey, Diddle, Diddle by Geo Ham


The familiar nursery rhyme. Print/Braille tactile board book. 2006.


Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

BR016725 (Uncontracted)


Pairs of rhyming words are used in sentences, creating a nonsense story. Starts with: "UP PUP / Pup is up. / CUP PUP / Pup in cup. / PUP CUP / Cup on pup." 1963.


Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin


A child sees ten creatures that are all endangered species--bald eagles, water buffalo, sea lions, black panthers, green sea turtles, and others--and dreams they are free. Companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear...(BR 09944). PRINT/BRAILLE. 2003.


The Real Mother Goose Touch & Feel Book


An illustrated collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Print/Braille tactile board book. 2001.


Ring the Bell by Billy Davis


Everyone's invited to join the Rockin' Rhythm Band! Ring your bells as you sing along to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star! Making music has never been so much fun! Print/braille/tactile board book. 2001.


Shake the Maracas! by Billy Davis


A board book with maracas as part of the cover presents words from the familiar song, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Maracas attached to book. Print/braille/tactile book. 2000.


Tap the Tambourine! by Billy Davis


Everyone's invited to join the Rockin' Rhythm Band! Tap your tambourine as you sing along to the tune of Old MacDonald! Making music has never been so much fun! Tambourine is attached to book. Print/braille/tactile board book. 2001.


This Little Piggy by Teresa Imperato


Count down from ten to one as each squishy little piggy goes on its own fairy tale adventure. Print/Braille board book. 2003.


Usborne Very First Nursery Rhymes by Rosalinde Bonnet


Collection of ideal first nursery rhymes book for any baby or young child. 2010.


Toddlers (Two through Three)


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin


A brown bear sees a red bird. What does the red bird see? Each animal sees another colorful animal until a goldfish sees a teacher, the teacher sees her class, and the class sees each one of the animals again. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1992.


Gobs of Gum by Suzette Wright


A rhyming story about "big blobs, small gobs, and sticky icky strings of bubblegum." Print/Braille. Tactile. On the Way to Literacy. 1991.


Humpty Dumpty by Kin Eagle

BR053695 (Uncontracted)

The traditional rhyme is expanded to describe some of Humpty Dumpty's other mishaps. Print/Braille. Uncontracted braille. Board book. 1999.


If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley




Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. 2010.


Little Bee by Edward Gibbs

BR052088 (Uncontracted)

Simple rhyming text follows a bee through the jungle as a series of creatures, including a hungry frog, a mongoose, and a lion, flee from what frightens them. 2012.


Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin


Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for one another. Then the zookeeper hears children imitating the animals. Includes related activities and a note to parents and teachers. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2004.


Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera



In this expansion of a familiar song, the occupants of a rowboat enjoy seeing and making the sounds of different jungle animals. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. 2013.


Silly Squiggles by Suzette Wright


A wormlike creature stretches, squeezes, and squirms into various shapes in this rhyming story. Print/Braille. Tactile. On the Way to Literacy series. 1991.


Preschool (Four through Six)


Cowboy Pup: A Furry Face Book by Carole Etow


Combines a funny rhyming story with a lovable, furry animal face, smiling through each page. Ride the range with Cowboy Pup and his horse, Tumbleweed! Print/braille board book with tactile. 1993.


Doctor Duck: A Furry Face Book by Carole Etow


Combines a funny rhyming story with a lovable, furry animal face, smiling through each page. Got the flu? Doctor Duck will have a cure for you! Print/braille and board book with tactile. 1994.


Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow


A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads. 1989.


Handy Lamb: A Furry Face Book by Carole Etow


Combines a funny rhyming story with a lovable, furry animal face smiling through each page. Handy Lamb fixes everything with her toolbox. Print/braille board book with tactile. 1994.


Humpty Dumpty and Other Touching Rhymes by Shirley Keller


Nursery rhymes in large print and braille with tactile drawings. 2000.


If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre



Rhyming text reminiscent of the traditional song, "If you're happy and you know it," presents various animals that are hoppy, sloppy, growly, flappy, or slimy, scaly and mean.  Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. 2011.


Little Missouri by Judy Young




Fun rhyming riddles about the state of Missouri. Has a riddle on one page, and the answer on the next. Illustrated by Helle Urban. 2012.


Where Have You Been? by Margaret Wise Brown


Simple rhyming verses about birds and animals that young children know and love. 1952.