Books based on nursery rhymes

Sing Along With Me! Five Little Ducks

Babies and toddlers love songs, especially those with actions. If there are pictures and books involved too, this is even better!

These books feature traditional nursery rhymes, or variations on them. Enjoy sharing them together.

  • Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 6+

    This collection of lesser-known nursery rhymes from the 1950s, with lively illustrations by Quentin Blake, will introduce children to a host of intriguing characters.

  • Nursery Rhymes

    Author: Roger Priddy
    Publisher: Priddy Books
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    A large board book of over 20 nursery rhymes.

  • Playsongs: Grand Day Out

    Author: Compiled by Sheena Roberts Illustrator: Rachel Fuller
    Publisher: Playsongs Publications
    Interest age: 0-3

    Playsongs: Grand Day Out is a really lovely concept: a picture book full of songs and rhymes that is created for grandparents to enjoy with their grandchildren.

  • Honey For You, Honey For Me

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 1-5

    A gorgeous collection of nursery rhymes and playground songs which toddlers and pre-schoolers will love joining in with.

  • Sing a Song of Kindness

    Author: Becky Davies Illustrator: Ciara Ni Dhuinn
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 0-5

    Rediscover your favourite nursery rhymes, adapted to celebrate kindness, friendship and compassion. This gorgeous board book is beautifully illustrated by Ciara Ni Dhuinn, and every page could be put in a frame and hung on a nursery wall. 

  • Sing Along With Me! Five Little Ducks

    Author: Yu-hsuan Huang
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1-3

    This super chunky board book edition has lovely bright illustrations for little ones to enjoy. It also has fabulous pull tabs to explore, revealing the next part of the song – the best one being a little wheel that makes the ducks swim round a pond.

  • The Whales on the Bus

    Author: Katrina Charman Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Interest age: 1-3

    Most of us might know the nursery rhyme The Wheels on the Bus, but what if there were two whales in a double decker, driven by a goldfish? Or a tiger in a glider – or a sheep in a jeep? A hilarious and gorgeously illustrated update on the best-loved nursery rhyme.

  • Dwylo’n Dawnsio

    Author: Editor: Erin Meek Illustrator: Sioned Medi Evans
    Publisher: Lyfrau Broga
    Interest age: 2-3

    A fun introduction to traditional Welsh nursery rhymes, showing actions to join in with and including an English translation at the back.  

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep: Sing Along With Me!

    Author: Yu-Hsuan Huang
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Baa Baa Black Sheep is part of the adorable Sing-Along board book series, which takes traditional songs and nursery rhymes and brings them to interactive life with sliders, tabs and QR codes to listen along online.

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    This book is all about signing and singing-along! The clear hand movements encourage signing as well as dancing.

  • This Little Piggy

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    Annie Kubler’s exuberant characters tell the well-known rhyme. One child uses a supported chair.

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb - Classic Books with Holes

    Author: Marina Aizen
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    One of Child's Play's delightful early years books which reflect the true diversity of society in a natural and uncontrived way.

  • I'm a Little Teapot!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Childs Play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 5+

    A lively board book in which children introduce the popular rhyme and the accompanying actions. One of the children pictured has a hearing aid.

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play (International)
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 5+

    This is a happy book for babies and toddlers, one that no-one will be able to listen to and remain sitting still!

  • Car, Car, Truck, Jeep

    Author: Katrina Charman Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 0-5

    Putting a new slant on an old favourite, this colourful rhyming journey to the seaside is sung to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and showcases vehicles and transport of all kinds. Joyful, noisy and exciting.

  • Pat-a-Cake!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    Part of a series introducing well loved games and rhymes.

  • Incey Wincey Spider

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 3+

    Part of the Sign and Singalong series of bright, colourful books featuring children showing signs and actions to accompany simple rhymes.

  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

    Author: Sophie Fatus
    Publisher: Barefoot Books
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    A multicultural take on a familiar old nursery rhyme, which transports each familiar activity into everyday life in Britain, West Africa, India and China.

  • This Little Piggy

    Author: Jarvis
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 0-3

    In this bright, fun counting book, pigs play bongos, eat potatoes, refuse to shower and do a fair amount of mud-swimming. Perfect for toddlers learning to count, but who maybe want a bit of fun along the way.

  • Ten Fat Sausages

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Everything in this sausagey counting book works perfectly: from the big, bold illustration to the satisfying rhyme that works well for preschoolers. It will also entertain adults and older children, who will really get the silly humour.

  • Humpty Dumpty

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 5+

    A simple board book featuring a well-known nursery rhyme with interactive text

  • If You're Happy and You Know It!

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Sophie Fatus
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    This lively and colourful retelling of a favourite action rhyme is accompanied by a fun watch and singalong CD.

  • Old MacDonald Had A Phone

    Author: Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-5

    Part of a series of picture books with an internet safety theme, Old MacDonald Had a Phone tackles the subject of limiting screen time with Jeanne Willis’ and Tony Ross’ marvellous humour and zaniness. 

  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

    Author: Pam Adams
    Publisher: Child's Play

    One of the Classic Books-with-Holes that have been around for 30 years. This new edition is perfect for small hands and the holes in the page really draw the child through the book.

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

    Author: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-2

    All the animals are off to a jazz festival – the are deer playing clarinets, the tiger is on the trombone and the elephant is twanging a banjo! When it’s time for a singsong under the stars, what better than Twinkle, Twinkle? This musical board book, with Nicola Slater’s delightful 50s retro-feel illustrations is a lovely one whether for bedtime, playti…