The McElderry Book of Mother Goose

Mathers, P. (2012). The mcelderry book of mother goose. New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books.

This modern twist on the Mother Goose classics takes care to incorporate both the well-known rhymes as well as many new but interesting ones! Mathers’ fun text and simplistic illustrations perfectly accompany one another to make this take on Mother Goose interesting and engaging for all readers.

Genre: Poetry

Grade level: 2nd-4th

Readers who would like this: Children who enjoy poetry, children who enjoy Mother Goose nursery rhymes, children who enjoy compilations of short stories.

Rating and response: 4; Because they have been read to me so many times, I have a hard time finding any popular Mother Goose rhymes refreshing. However, this book proved me wrong! I was surprised at how much detail the simplistic illustrations provided, and loved that each page of the book was really able to tell its own story. Reading the “rare rhymes” was extremely enjoyable and I think that all children would love to learn about these new tales. Because of some of the more complex language in the book, I think that this text would work great as a read aloud!

Question: What is a nursery rhyme? What is your favorite nursery rhyme and why?


Mother Goose

Title: Mother Goose- A collection of Classic Nursery Rhymes

Bibliographic Information: Hague, Michael (1984). Mother goose. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Annotation: This book is full of fun Mother Goose rhymes. Some rhymes are; Baa, baa, black sheep, Rub-a-dub-dub, Jack and Jill went up the hill, and much more.

Genre: Rhymes: Mother Goose

Grade level: K-2nd

Readers who will like this book: Readers who enjoy short, sweet, and entertaining rhymes. It would be fun to read a new rhyme every day to your class.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 4 because I really enjoy reading rhymes and trying to find out what the purpose is behind them. They also all have a good jingle, which I think keeps the reader entertained.

Question I would ask before the reading: If you have ever heard of a rhyme, which one is your favorite?


Tomie’s Little Mother Goose

DePaola, T. (1997). Tomie’s little Mother Goose. New York: Putnam.

Tomie dePaola illustrates pictures to famous nursery rhymes.

Genre: Mother Goose

Grades: Pre-K – 1st

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students, Parent-Educators

I would give this book a three. Though the pictures are wonderful the rhymes were, at times, different from how I learned them, which made me uncomfortable.

What nursery rhymes do you know?



Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes

1. Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes
2. Reed, Philip (1963). Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes. New York: Athenaeum.
3. This book includes Mother Goose rhymes such as the Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe, Little Boy Blue, and Simple Simon. These and many more are collected into this book of rhymes.
4. Poetry, Rhymes, Mother Goose
5. K-Grade 2
6. Readers who like poetry or nursery rhymes would like this book.
7. 2; Mother Goose rhymes have never been my favorite and most don’t make much sense, which children may like.
8. Have you ever heard of The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe?
Reading Strategy: Venn Diagrams would be a good strategy to compare the stories. This would give them a way to see the similarities and differences of the stories.


Old King Cole’s Book of Nursery Rhymes

Bibliographic Information: Oppel, F.S. (Ed.). (1979). Old King Cole’s book of nursery rhymes. Secaucus, NJ: Castle Books.

Brief Annotation: A large collection of nursery rhymes featuring full-page illustrations by John Byam Liston Shaw (most illustrations are dated 1901).

Genre: Poetry

Grade Level: PreK-2

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy poetry; readers who enjoy nursery rhymes; readers who enjoy art and artful illustrations.

Rating/Response: 4; Byam Shaw’s work is what elevates this book beyond an ordinary nursery rhyme book. The rhymes themselves ranged from the very familiar to the obscure, totaling 119 rhymes. In some of the pages, the text was laid out in a way that might make it difficult for an early reader to navigate. Byam Shaw’s pictures may not be appealing to all readers, but they are beautiful works of art. I did, however, find this picture of Peter Piper to be terrifying:

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Before reading a selection from this or any book of nursery rhymes, I would begin by learning which nursery rhymes the students are already familiar with. I could then be sure to incorporate both the rhymes that children know (and encourage them to recite them with me) and introduce new rhymes.


Tomie’s Little Mother Goose

Title: Tomie’s Little Mother Goose

Bibliography: dePaola, Tomie. (1985). Tomie’s Little Mother Goose. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Short Annotation: This book features more than twenty-four wonderful rhymes and verses taken from Iona and Peter Opie’s classic versions.

Genre: Folk

Grade Level: K-1

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy rhymes and riddles.

Personal response and rating: I LOVED the illustrations in this book along with the classics. Children will have a lot of fun getting to know all of these rhymes. Rating: 5

Question: Has anyone ever heard of Mother Goose?


Will Moses Mother Goose

Bibliographic information: Moses, W. (2003). Will moses mother goose. New York: Philomel Books.

Short annotation: This book had classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes and riddles and some unheard of ones.

The genre: Picture Book, Nursery Rhymes and Riddles

Grade Level: Preschool to First grade

Readers who will like this book: Some people who will like reading this book are children ages 5 to 8, parents who are looking to find a good nursery rhyme or riddle book for young children, educators that are looking to introduce students to poems and riddles.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 3; I like that you would read two pages of different nursery rhymes and riddles then on the next two pages, there was an illustration with all the different rhymes and riddles you just read about. There were a few rhymes and riddles that I didn’t know and there were a few rhymes and riddles I didn’t understand or like.

Question: What is your favorite Mother Goose nursery rhyme or riddle?


Mother Goose Remembers

Title: Mother Goose Remembers

Bibliographic information: Beaton, C. (2000). Mother Goose Remembers. New York, New York: Barefoot Books

Brief annotation: This book is a compilation of all the classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

Genre: Picture book, poetry

Grade level: K – 3rd

Readers who will like this: Children who like rhymes will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – This is a great book for an introduction to poetry. It is very easy for children to read because they are very short rhymes.

Question: What is a rhyme? Do you know any Mother Goose nursery rhymes?


Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose

1. Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose

2. Long, S. (1999). Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose. San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books.

3. This book was filled with the many Mother Goose nursery rhymes that included very beautiful artwork.

4. Nursery Rhymes

5. k-5

6. Readers who love the common Mother Goose nursery rhymes, also children who enjoy very detailed artwork.

7. Rate: 4; The nursery rhymes of course brought back many memories and the artwork was detailed and very colorful.

8. How does the rhyme about Humpty Dumpty go?