Little Readers: 5 Fun Books that Rhyme

Five Rhyming Books

To be fair, most children’s books rhyme– and really, they all should, shouldn’t they? (Or is it just me who gets a bit annoyed when a kids’ book doesn’t rhyme… insert that little eye roll emoji right here…) I love the flow and rhythm created by rhyming stories, and so does Vienna. She spends a lot of time “reading” books lately and I love listening to her make up little rhymes (some aren’t words at all, of course) and she mimics the rhythm and rhymes of her favourite stories. It’s so sweet.Here are five of our favourite books that rhyme! I’ll have to do subsequent versions of this list because it was nearly impossible to only pick five.

For this round I’ve included three books that are greater for kids who have longer attention spans (age 2.5 seems to be good, Aria is not quite there with some of these), and two that are all time favourites for both of my girls: I mean, Goodnight Moon? A classic that can’t be missed. And for some reason they have always loved the book Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? which is noticeable given the teeth marks and wear on the corners of this book. 😉 Finally, Jillian Jiggs gets a spot on the list because this is my favourite book from my own childhood.

I hope you enjoy these fun books as much as us! xo

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson
A fun rhyming story about a mouse that tricks a gruffalo. The quick pace and fun plot line keep little readers’ engaged. My husband really likes this story too! 😉

Jillian Jiggs
Phoebe Gilman

A story about a girl who’s room looks like it has been lived in by pigs! This fun story follows the adventures of Jillian’s imagination, where it’s just too fun to clean up! This was my favourite book as a child and I love reading it to my girls.

Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle

My girls are in love with the Little Blue Truck. Vienna now reads it to Aria from memory, which is impressive! And now this little blue truck is taking over holidays with Christmas and Halloween versions too.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
Dr. Seuss
A hit with both my girls! When Vienna was a baby I carried it around in my diaper bag because of its small size. It turns out she loves the rhymes and copying the sounds, and now this is one of Aria’s favourites, too. It’s short and fun and perfect for little ones!

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown
This classic book with simple illustrations is the perfect bedtime story. And, chances are, you read it when you were a kid, so it’s a nice story to pass between generations. You can’t go wrong with a classic like this.



Mama Writes


  1. Goodnight Moon has always been a favorite in our home. We don’t have the others though. I will definitely check them out~thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I love The Gruffalo and Goodnight Moon!!! My niece taught me about these books, lol! And ever since she asked me to read those to her, I absolutely love them and gift them to other little ones in my family 🙂

  3. Goodnight Moon is one of my favourites!!! And Gruffalo sure sounds cute as well, especially for my new baby niece who need a whole new stock of books!! <3

  4. Goodnight Moon was one of my favorite books EVER as a child. I definitely think I need to buy all of these for my nephew this Christmas. Great list!!


    1. Books are the best to give as gifts! We love giving them instead of cards, and writing a nice message inside! Hope he likes them Kate!

    1. Yes! I can imagine my girls passing them on to! There’s something special about books from your own childhood isn’t there?

  5. These are all excellent books for beginning readers and bring back memories of reading time with my kids when they were younger. Good night Moon is a fav. Ditto all Dr. Seuss books

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