Rhyme is one of my favorite things, whether it be in the form of a poem or a picture book. I love reading it, and I love writing it. In fact, when an editor poses the question, "Why rhyme?" the first thought in my head is, "Why not?" I want to share my love for fabulous rhyme with you, so here is a list of my top ten favorite (currently) rhyming picture books.
1. THE FORGETFUL KNIGHT by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Fred Blunt
This book is rhyming perfection, with a clever story and lots of laughs to go with it!
2. BEAR SNORES ON by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
A pleasure to read over and over, and a book I recommend to anyone who wants to write in rhyme. The writing captures the mood of the book perfectly, and the story is fun and sweet.
3. THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat
A funny and active retelling of the classic fairy tale. And don't forget the other two ninja books in this series, NINJA RED RIDING HOOD and HENSEL AND GRETEL: NINJA CHICKS.
4. TEENY TINY TOADY by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
An adorable story about a heroic little toad told in rhyme that bounces and rolls and flows off the tongue.
5. WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
I had to include this book in this list, and not just because it's one of my own. One thing this book is consistently praised for is its flowing rhyme and its unique language. And it always elicits some giggles during read-alouds!
6. THE PRINCE AND THE PORKER by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts
So funny and so much fun to read!
7. SIMPSON'S SHEEP JUST WANT TO SLEEP by Bruce Arant
The sequel to SIMPSON'S SHEEP WON'T GO TO SLEEP. It's charming and funny, and the rhyme is basically flawless.
8. TWINDERELLA by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Deborah Marcero
A "fractioned" fairy tale that is as fun to read as it is clever. Who knew a book with a math theme could be this much fun?
9. IT'S ONLY STANLEY by Jon Agee
An amusing and clever book that has flawless rhyme and a surprise ending. What more could you ask for?
10. NINJA, NINJA, NEVER STOP! by Todd Tuell, illustrated by Tad Carpenter
This book is just so active and fun. You'll love reading it aloud to the littlest ninjas!