Book list: Rhymes, Poems, Songs and Chants

There’s a Goat in My Coat

Author: Rosemary Milne

Illustrator: Andrew McLean


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, April 2011

There’s a Goat in my Coat is a fun book for counting, hopping, running, rolling, wriggling, giggling and dancing. Can you do the Jelly Belly Shakes? Are you a Tip Top Dancer?

Rosemary Milne and Andrew McLean have captured the exuberance of childhood in this lively collection of rhymes – perfect for play and for developing children’s language.

Mr Bandicoot and Other Tales

Author: Anne Lawson


Format: Book and CD

Publisher: Mr Bandicoot Publishing, November 2010

Mr Bandicoot and Other Tales is a uniquely Australian interpretation of nursery rhymes for kids. Available as a book and CD set and coupled with wonderfully whimsical illustrations, it’s a package that can be read, sung, listened to and laughed with, all at once!

Ladybird First Favourite Nursery Rhymes


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Ladybird, September 2010

Ladybird First Favourite Nursery Rhymes contains 15 well-loved, classic nursery rhymes to share and enjoy together. A beautifully illustrated first nursery rhyme book with tabs, it is perfect for young children. This lovely book has a squishy padded cover and sturdy tabbed edges to help find and choose playtime, sing-along or bedtime favourites!

The Puffin Mother Goose

By Raymond Briggs


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Puffin Books, September 2010

With over 250 nursery rhymes, including both well-known favourites and hidden gems, this collection has something for every child. Beautiful illustrated throughout by Raymond Briggs, the much-loved creator of the Snowman, this revised edition of a famous classic first won the Kate Greenaway in 1966 and is now available again for a whole new generation

The Orchard Book of Nursery Rhymes for Your Baby

By Mary Hoberman


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Orchard (Hachette), October 2010

This sumptuous collection of over 60 favourite nursery rhymes is beautifully illustrated with warmth and humour by best-loved artist Penny Dann in her fun, contemporary new artwork style. Rhymes are arranged in seven themed sections, perfect to dip into.

Baby Rhyme Time

By Priscilla Lamont


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Frances Lincoln(Walker Books), 20 March 2008

With traditional rhymes to listen to, action rhymes to clap and dance to, and lullabies complete with music, here is a book brimming with opportunities for children and their parents to have fun together. This collection of classics is a treasure for any young child.

Mother Goose’s Little Treasures

Editor: Iona Opie

Illustrator: Rosemary Wells


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, October 2007

With her fun and simple rhymes, Mother Goose is beloved all over the world. This collection brings together some of the lesser known rhymes that will delight the young and old.

Playtime Rhymes

By Sally Gardner


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books, May 2005

The perfect collection of rhymes for children to sing, count, hop, skip, jump and dance to. Chosen with the help of infant school teachers, the 37 rhymes include all-time favourites such as ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ and ‘Ten Fat Sausages’. It is just right for any family with young children, or for use by playgroups and reception classes.

The Ladybird Book of Nursery Rhymes


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Ladybird, October 2004

Presenting classic Nursery Rhymes Ladybird style!  Packed full of colourful favourites like Little Bo Beep, Baa, Baa, Blacksheep and The Grand Old Duke of York; and flaps for curious children to peek behind on every page.

Five Little Monkeys

By Zita Newcome


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, August 2003

Exuberant and fun-filled, this bumper collection of over 50 favourite action and counting rhymes includes best-loved classics such as I’m a Little Teapot; Pat-a-cake; Ten in the Bed; and Hickory, Dickory, Dock. With step-by-step illustrations demonstrating the actions, “Five Little Monkeys” is the perfect book for energetic little monkeys everywhere!

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