Mondays in the summer are so much better than Mondays the rest of the year aren't they? I LOVE teaching and I love being with my littles, but there is just something about Mondays, don't you think? This Monday we're talking about rhyming books.
One of my FAVORITE rhyming books is Hiccupotamas. In this book, the hippo gets the hiccups which disturb his friends around him. At first, they become upset, then they decide to help. In the end, his hiccups are gone, but his friends end up with them! The rhymes are forced in this story and they are HILARIOUS. My kids are always either really entranced or laughing out loud. It is such a fun read aloud.
Dr. Seuss is a classic example of rhyming books. We spend a whole week on just Dr. Seuss in March, but one of my all-time favorites is There's a Wocket in my Pocket. We focus on using your imagination in your writing when we read this book, then we do a "What's in your pocket?" craft.
I also use Mr. Brown Can Moo to talk about onomatopoeia. The kids were ALL OVER this book and one reading resulted in sound words in EVERYTHING they wrote (whether they needed them or not lol).
Giraffes Can't Dance is a super cute book I just found. Gerald the giraffe wants to dance with the other animals, but he finds out he moves to a different beat. Once he discovers his song, he becomes the best dancer around. It's a great starting point for discussing being nice to those who march to a different beat and being patient with yourself in finding your rhythm.
In the spirit of back to school, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten is a classic back to school rhyming book.
Room on the Broom and Five Little Pumpkins are a couple of my favorite Halloween rhyming stories.
And while I'm on holiday stuff, let's not forget 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. Told like 'Twas the Night before Christmas, this story depicts the saving of the Thanksgiving turkeys by a colorful class of kids. It's worrisome for a moment, so give your class a heads up before you read, but it has a happy ending so there is no need to worry. (I had twins one year that were very upset at first—disclaimers are your friends!)
I hope I introduced you to at least one new book. Stop by next week for our just for fun books. Now swing by Kindergarten Planet and the Kindergarten Connection for more great read alouds.