We love a good, goofy book around here. We’re especially partial to rhyming books, which — aside from being fun — help kids with things like cadence, memorization and early reading skills.
Here are six of our favorites (for more reading fun, check out our Valentine Reading List):
–Bear Hugs: Romantically Ridiculous Animal Rhymes by Karma Wilson: I love this book. I think it’s on our Valentine List as well. The poems are silly and fun, the illustrations are adorable. Just a fun book. And if you like the author, check out her Bear books as well.
-Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey: I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I really learned a lot about penguins from this book. Accurate and goofy all at once.
-Polar Bear, Arctic Hare: Poems of the Frozen North by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes: Another book about animals who live in the cold — includes several animals that may be new to you both.
-Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert: Vivid illustrations and short, witty poems.
–Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss: One of the few Dr. Seuss books I actually like (I can admit that here, right? We’re all friends? Most of his books are just weird and too long and have too many made up words and really, couldn’t any of us have written “There’s a Wocket In My Pocket?” He just changed the first letter of a few words to make them rhyme.) But “Green Eggs and Ham” has an actual plot, and funny characters and Fun Fact: Dr. Seuss actually wrote the book after a bet with his editor that he couldn’t write a children’s book using 50 words or less. He won.
-May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor: A little boy brings animal friends to visit the king and queen — as the week progresses, his friends get stranger and stranger. Delightful.
What are some of your favorite rhyming books?