Why do children’s books rhyme?

Have you ever wondered why children’s books tend to have similar ending sounds along the book? Rhyming is a common literary device in not only poems, but also in children’s books. Not only does it make it more fun for parents to read it out loud, they are also more enjoyable to listen to.

Reading books that rhyme is a wonderful way to be exposed to the unique language and the sounds of it. Rhyming words are useful for children to identify the correct sounds, which helps children develop the skill for reading.

Rhyme often parallels with songs, which is one of the reasons why it can keep children with short attention spans (especially for age three and below) engaged in the book. It’s just how the magic of rhyme works that makes it more catchier and memorable. Think about all the nursery rhymes that you have heard and remembered ever since!

Well known children’s books author, Mem Fox said, “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.” This is no surprise why

In his book, “I Can Read With My Eyes Wide Shut!” Dr. Seuss wrote, “I can read in red, I can read in blue, I can read in pickle color too.” In just over a dozen words Dr. Seuss describes how fun, easy and important it is to read, particularly in rhyme.