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Kids: Early Literacy: Picture Books: Great Read-Alouds for Developing Early Literacy Skills



Rhyming Books 

A short list of staff favorites in rhyme. To see all rhyming books in the library's collection, search the catalog for Subject: Stories in Rhyme

You Can Read J PIC B

Llama Llama Red Pajama (and other Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney) J PIC D

Some Bugs J PIC D

Scoot! J PIC F

Jump! J PIC F

A Dark, Dark Cave J PIC H

Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie J PIC J

Spunky Little Monkey J PIC M

Toad on the Road J PIC S

Everybunny Dance! J PIC S

Would you Rather be a Princess or a Dragon? J PIC S

Sheep in a Jeep (and other Sheep books by Nancy Shaw) J PIC S

Demolition J PIC S

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! J PIC T

Rhyming Dust Bunnies  J PIC T

Piggy Pie Po J PIC W


The more words kids are exposed to, the easier it will be for them to recognize words when sounding them out ("Brr...brrroc--oh, I know this one! It's broccoli!") Picture books contain a wider variety of words than we generally use in ordinary conversation, and nonfiction books contain even more "rare words". The below picture books are particularly packed with new vocabulary--while also being a lot of fun to read.

Big, Bigger, BIGGEST! J PIC C

Over and Under the Pond J PIC M

Fancy Nancy's Favorite Words J PIC O (and other Fancy Nancy books)

The Deep, Deep Puddle J PIC P