Rhyming is one of the most important skills that Kindergarteners need to learn. This skill helps students learn word families, build reading fluency, and spell words. Rhyming read alouds are a great way to introduce and practice rhyming to help strengthen these skills.
There are plenty of books that can help you teach rhyming to your students! I've included 15 books that I use to incorporate rhyming skills in my daily read aloud. Check them out below!
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
This is a classic rhyming story by Dr. Seuss. This story presents the rhyming words before each sentence, making it an easy story to read interactively or to use for echo reading.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
This rhyming story focuses on one of the everyday dilemmas faced by many Kindergarteners – not wanting to be left alone to fall asleep. This is usually a favorite both in the classroom and at home.
Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet
Kermit the Hermit tells the story of a hermit crab who was just that – a hermit!
There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
This story follows the crazy antics of a mouse and a bear who find themselves facing some funny predicaments.
There's a Wocket in my Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
Ever wonder about all the magical creatures that might be living in your house? Learn about all the creatures, like the Jertain in the curtain, that mysteriously take up residence in this young boy's home.
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Poor Gerald the giraffe just can't dance. He tries and tries but just hasn't found the right music for him. Then he heads to Great Jungle Dance and soon finds the tune the makes him boogie!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
This fun, die-cut book version of the poem There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly will keep students engaged and following along to see the contents of the old lady's stomach.
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
A boy stumbles across a rhyming bear and the two go on a fantastic, berry-picking adventure together.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Bear is hibernating in his nice warm cave, just snoring away. Some uninvited guests let themselves into the cave to stay warm and soon they're having quite the party. Find out what happens when Bear finally wakes up.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham is another favorite by Dr. Seuss. This story shares the lesson that sometimes you just have to try new things in order to grow.
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
This Australian story reminds students to always “be yourself”. Edward the Emu is tired of being just an emu, but he soon finds out that being an emu just might be the best thing he could be.
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
A sing-song rhyming story that will keep your students guessing about what will be painted next!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by
This story is bound to be a favorite among those who love trucks, equipment, and machinery. As night falls on the construction site, each piece of equipment says goodnight before getting some sleep before another day of hard work.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
This rhyming book is a witty story of what a dinosaur may do when it's time to say good night.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
An iconic story by Dr. Seuess, The Hat in the Cat is always a class favorite. This rhyming book is great to read on National Read Across America Day celebrated in March each year.
If you are looking for a Rhyming Unit to help teach your students, check out this resource. It includes lesson plans, center activities, no prep worksheets, phonemic awareness practice, anchor charts, and much more!
Do you need more read aloud suggestions for other skills, seasons, and months? Check out some of my other read aloud posts where I share some of my favorite titles for reading aloud in the classroom here.
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