5 Books of Nursery Rhymes That Really Help to Extend Learning

Hickory Dickory Dock; let’s learn a lot with these books of nursery rhymes! Nursery rhymes are an essential part of early literacy instruction by helping children learn rhythm, rhyme, and comprehension through short poetry. We had so much fun learning some new nursery rhymes (including extended versions) and practicing some of our favorites with these nursery rhymes books.

Nursery rhymes books for preschoolers with a background images of Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider; After the Fall; Hickory Dickory Dock; and Mary Had a Little Lamb.

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Nursery rhymes weekly lesson plans with literacy activities, math activities, sensory bins, art projects, and circle time.

Baa Baa Black sheep

by Iza Trapani

The sheep has plenty of wool for the master, the dame, and the little boy who lives down the lane. However, she doesn’t have milk for the kittens, slop for the pig, hay for the horse, or food for any of the other animals on the farm. They all assume she is being selfish, but in the end, realize that the sheep is thoughtful and giving with what she has. 


Sometimes we may not have a lot to give, but there are always ways to think of and give to others.


Mary Had a Little Lamb

by Iza Trapani

Another excellent book of nursery rhymes by Iza Trapani: Mary Had a Little Lamb. He has done a fantastic job of taking a ton of nursery rhymes and making them into beautifully told extended stories. No other author has done this.


In this book, the little lamb decides to venture away from Mary and have some fun and messy adventures with the animals around the farm.


After the Fall

by Dan Santat

Wow! I cannot express the profound effect this book had on me. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat not only has beautifully crafted illustrations but has such a deep message


Humpty used to love bird-watching atop the wall, but after he fell, he was scared to climb back up again. He began watching birds from the ground, but it wasn’t the same. He finally came up with a brilliant way to reconnect with the birds. Wait until you see the end!


Hickory dickory Dock

by Keith Baker

Next up we read Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker. The book begins with the classic nursery rhyme, but as each hour chimes by, a new animal encounters the mouse. Colorful, vibrant, and full of new ideas with this classic nursery rhyme.


And if you want another extended version of this book to add to your math centers, check out our Hickory Dickory Dock counting clock.


Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider

by James Dean

Pete and his friends watch as the itsy bitsy spider struggles to make it up the water spout over and over again. Fortunately, these friends know exactly what to do to help the spider out. And your little ones will love the message of encouragement that is woven throughout the book.


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