Books & Beyond

Rhyme Time: Inclusive Picture Books

By Lisa T.
May 10, 2021

Sharing rhyming stories and songs with young children is so much fun, plus rhyming helps to teach them about language and to develop skills they’ll need to learn to read.  Rhyming breaks down and repeats sounds in words, helping children to learn about and play with language.  Learning to hear the sounds of words (as distinct from their meaning) is a critical precursor to learning to read.  Here’s a selection of recent inclusive rhyming picture books that we love!

Ohana Means Family / Ilima Loomis ; illustrated by Kenard Pak.

Brown Baby Lullaby /Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by AG Ford.

Under My Hijab / Hena Khan ; illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel.

Families, Families, Families! / Suzanne Lang & Max Lang.

Frederico and the Wolf / Rebecca J. Gomez ; illustrated by Elisa Chavarri.


Grandma’s Tiny House : a counting story! / JaNay Brown-Wood ; illustrated by Priscilla Burris.

Mixed Me /  Taye Diggs ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

Hip-Hop Lollipop / Susan McElroy Montanari ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors / Roseanne Thong; illustrated by Grace Lin.

Salsa Lullaby  / Jen Arena ; illustrated by Erika Meza.

Plenty of Hugs / Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Kate Alizadeh.

Black is a Rainbow Color / Angela Joy, illustrated by Ekua Holmes.