Next week, we’ll be celebrating Read Across America Day. For years, Read Across America Day has included a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Teachers and students all love the rhythmic patterns in Dr. Seuss’s books for teaching students to rhyme. Dr. Seuss’s books have really helped children with rhyming, and these playful rhythms are appealing to young kiddos.
In this post, I’d like to highlight similar authors you might consider highlighting in your k/1 classroom as an alternative to Seuss. There are new authors publishing books all the time, and even though it’s good to visit classic titles, we also need to look at what’s new in order to make the best decisions for our students.
AUTHORS OF BOOKS THAT RHYME
The first series in my list are the Pout Pout Fish books by Deborah Diesen. I just love them. They have playful rhythm and the vocabulary!! They are rich with tier 2 words and feature themes that are really good for kids. There are about ten titles to choose from, so you have lots of options. You can work on character building right along with rhyme and vocabulary too. Check out this read aloud video from Auntie Lee of the first in the series.
A favorite series from my children’s early years are the Sheep series by Nancy Shaw. They too are patterned with rhyming phrases with fun illustrations. There are several in the series including Sheep in a Jeep, Sheep in a Shop, Sheep Go to Sleep, Sheep Out to Eat, Sheep on a Ship, and Sheep On a Hike. My own children enjoyed these, and I used them in kindergarten and first grade. They work well for rhyme, but also reinforce spelling patterns for long and short vowels.