As I’m approaching 150 books reviewed so far this year, I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my favorites. Every Wednesday will now be “Wrap-Up Wednesday” where I provide a wrap-up of a few of my favorites in a chosen category. This week I was reviewing all the picture books I’ve reviewed, and I realized all my favorite read-alouds are rhyming books. Publishers often caution picture book authors against writing rhyming stories. Thank goodness these authors didn’t listen. I’ve kid-tested most of these, and they passed with flying colors!
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers.
The kindergarten teachers at my school beat me to the punch and read this to their classes before I could. No matter; the kids all loved hearing it again. Stick and Stone beat bullying, shyness, and a ferocious storm to form a friendship that’s a perfect 10.
Monkey and Duck Quack Up! by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Published by Scholastic Press
Okay, maybe not the most thought-provoking choice, but the rhymes are way catchy, and the joke of the last page made me laugh.
Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider. Published by Clarion Books.
This is the only one I haven’t tried out on kids, but I’ve got to believe they would love it. Best of all (in my opinion), it has sly humor that will entertain the parents as well.
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt. Published by Chronicle Books
I’m in awe of people who write good fractured fairy tales. And the ones who can do it in rhyme…I have no words.