The Reason For Rhyme

What is the reason for rhyme? it’s quite simple, it’s fun to read and fun to hear. Children love to rhyme words, and even when a sequence of words don’t actually fully rhyme (professionally known as B rhymes) children still love them. At a very young age we all come into contact with rhyme via Nursery rhymes, playground chants and favourite books such as Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and not forgetting the amazing Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom. Reading the same book night after night to young children is harder than it seems. With rhyme it makes it that little bit more exciting. For some magical reason rhyme sticks in people’s heads, just like song lyrics. Children love rhyme as they can remember the words and read along with their book- even when they can’t actually read- magic! When I started writing for Saronti I realised that rhyme made the stories more exciting. The Saronti family books, featuring names and faces of loved ones is special enough, but adding a fun rhyming story to it takes it to the next level. It encourages siblings to read and young children to engage. Children learn rhyming word stories quickly and can recite them by heart far faster than adults can. Could this be because their brains are free from the mundane daily schedules and chore lists that we have as adults? The highly successful children’s publisher Nosy Crow has this to say about what they look for in a rhyming

story book


A consistent, clear rhyme scheme with words that really rhyme… and, ideally, rhymes in many English accents. Consistent rhythm. A good story.

Here are our

Top 10 Rhyming Picture Books


  1. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy – Lynley Dodd
  2. Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson
  3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
  4. Giraffe’s Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae
  5. Funnybones – Allan Ahlberg
  6. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
  7. Some Dogs Do – Jez Alborough
  8. Monsters Not Allowed – Tracey Hammett
  9. Sharing a Shell – Julia Donaldson
  10. The Biggest Snowball Ever – John Rogan

So whether you enjoy a story, poem or a limerick – be sure to keep reading


rhyming.   Image by Виктория Бородинова from pixabay Image by Richard James from pixabay