page contains lists of Mother Goose/nursery rhyme collections, librarians'
favorite picture books, and links to baby booklists and bibliographies:
Goose/Nursery Rhyme Collections
below are some of the most beloved Mother Goose/nursery rhymes collections:
L. Leslie, illus. Ring O’ Roses: A Nursery Rhyme Picture Book.
New York: Clarion Books, 1992. ISBN 0395613043.
have young children had a better introduction to Mother Goose than this
profusely illustrated collection of 21 rhymes, at last available again....
They are in a new order, but they're all here, and there's now an index.
A few plates (perhaps those for which the original art has been lost)
seem fuzzy, but most reveal Brooke's marvelous draftsmanship and the
subtleties of his painting with new clarity--though some of the colors
here revealed will startle his old friends. A book that should be in
every child's own library."--Kirkus Reviews
published in 1922.
Lucy, illus. The Little Dog Laughed. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1990.
nursery rhymes in this collection are standards ('Jack and Jill,'
'Old King Cole,' 'Little Miss Muffet') and the text, set on a white
background, is clear and easy to read. It's the illustrations that
star here: they positively go bananas all around the words. Cousins's
splashes of intense color possess such refreshing clarity and intensity
that they hit the reader like a bit of spring on a cold winter day.
Her technique is simple yet bold, and she skillfully applies humor
along with the thick paint."--Publishers Weekly
DePaola, Tomie, illus.
Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons,
1985. ISBN 0448421550.
has collected and illustrated over 200 traditional Mother Goose rhymes
as originally collected by Peter and Iona Opie. His illustrations convey
a mood of humor, surprise, and nonsense. Happy children and animals
smile from the well-designed pages, incorporating good use of white
space and borders. Especially appealing is the interracial mix of characters
...."--School Library Journal
Long, Sylvia., illus.
Sylvia Long's Mother Goose. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1999.
"Well-dressed mice, frogs, rabbits, dogs, and
sheep fill the illustrations of this collection of familiar and some
less common nursery rhymes. The roomy layout allows each ink-and-watercolor
illustration to expand on the stories in the rhymes. Readers will
enjoy finding pictorial connections from one page to the next and
seeing the motifs that run throughout the illustrations."--Horn
Opie, Iona., ed. Here
Comes Mother Goose. Illus. Rosemary Wells. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick
Press, 1999. ISBN 0763606839.
oversized companion to the much ballyhooed My Very First Mother
Goose (1996) will take toddlers and ex-toddlers deeper into the
playscapes of the language, to meet Old King Cole, Old Mother Hubbard,
and Dusty Bill From Vinegar Hill; to caper about the mulberry bush,
polka with My Aunt Jane, and dance by the light of the moon. Mixing
occasional humans into her furred and feathered cast, Wells creates
a series of visual scenarios featuring anywhere from one big figure,
often dirty or mussed, to every single cat on the road to St. Ives
(over a thousand). Opie cuts longer rhymes down to two or three verses,
and essays a sly bit of social commentary by switching the answers
to what little girls and boys are made of. Though Wells drops the
ball with this last, legitimizing the boys' presence in a kitchen
by dressing them as chefs, in general the book is plainly the work
of a match made in heaven, and merits as much popularity as its predecessor."--Kirkus
Opie, Iona, ed. My
Very First Mother Goose. Illus. Rosemary Wells. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick
Press, 1996. ISBN 1564026205.
glimpse of the merry Wells characters that caper through these pages--a
cast of hundreds--one flip through the pages where Opie ... has arranged
almost 70 familiar and not-so-familiar rhymes to an effect of unabashed
glee, and readers will be in love again with the original Mother Goose.
There's little point in pretending that even prodigious collections
of nursery rhymes can do without this one--it's a must. (Index)"--Kirkus
Sabuda, Robert. The
Movable Mother Goose. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0689811926.
"Sabuda's interpretation of Mother Goose is a
work of moving art, which necessitates that it also be treated like
one. This isn't a volume that will survive the wear and tear of many
circulations; some of the paper parts have to be gently coaxed into
position. However, the reward for handling with care is great; these
feats of paper engineering not only illustrate nursery rhymes in three
dimensions, but they also reinterpret them, e.g., 'One, two,/Buckle
my shoe' is reenvisioned as a woodpecker and a hen preparing for a
night out. 'Knock on the door' shows the earnest woodpecker tapping
on the front entrance with his beak, while 'Pick up sticks' shows
the hen choosing her lipstick. Glorious colors and elaborate configurations
of blackbirds bursting out of pies and peacocks fanning their feathers
make this an exhibition of paper prowess that's unforgettable. (Pop-up)."--Kirkus
Whatley, B., illus. My
First Nursery Rhymes. New York: HarperFestival, 1999. ISBN 069401205X.
puts his exuberant artistic style to good use in this collection of
10 familiar rhymes. The first verse of each rhyme ('Humpty Dumpty,'
'Sing a Song of Sixpence,' etc.) is offered in a clear, clean typeface
and accompanied by a full-page painting full of funny details that
depict the action. A book that will be asked for again and again."--School
entry in the Growing Tree Series provides a sampling of ten classic
rhymes. The sturdy format allows little ones to explore the world
of moon-leaping cows and blackbird pies, Mrs. Hen and her speckled
offspring, and many extraordinary characters."--Kirkus Reviews
Wildsmith, Brian, illus.
Mother Goose: Nursery Rhymes. Oxford University Press, Inc.,
1987. ISBN 0192721801.
eighty-six verses "are well selected and include many quaint
and lesser-known verses"--Book Week
artist's wholly original, sophisticated yet child-like interpretation
of long-familiar material is revealed in his clever composition, unconventional
humor, and characteristic watercolor technique with its use of geometric
patterns and brilliant modulations."--Horn Book.
- Originally published
in 1964 as Brian Wildsmith's Mother Goose.
below is a sampling of expert-recommended picture books, all quite suitable
for using in Mother Goose Times:
Keith. Big Fat Hen. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994. ISBN 0152928693.
large, brilliantly colored rendition of the counting rhyme 'one, two,
buckle my shoe.' Baker uses an imaginative array of acrylic colors
for his hens--greens, purples, and pinks to contrast with the warm,
yellow straw background. There are lots of things to count, such as
sticks, eggs, chicks, and hens. A fine choice for toddler story hours."--School
Marie Torres. Peek a Moo! lllus.Stephanie Peterson. New York: Dutton,
1998. ISBN 0525460837.
lift-the-flap book features seven familiar barnyard animals covering
their faces with two of their appendages (hoofs, wings, etc.). The
text on each page is identical, 'Guess who? Peek-a-....' Turning down
the flaps reveals the face of the animal and the sound it makes. The
final spread features a baby. Children will most likely identify all
of the animals even before lowering the flaps. This aside, they'll
love making the sounds that the book is bound to induce. The creatures
are presented in large scale and in vibrant colors set against a single
color background. A boon for infant and toddler programs."--School
Time for Bed. Illus. Jane Dyer. New York: Harcourt, 1993. ISBN
illustrations and comfortable rhymes characterize this appealing bedtime
book. A twilight mood is set by dusky endpapers sprinkled with twinkling
yellow stars, and by a title page showing a mother reading to a child.
Double page spreads feature animal pairs, each with a parent settling
its offspring down for the night. An orange tabby kitten receives
a soothing bath, a sleepy blue bird is tucked into a warm nest, and
a delicate fawn curls up against its mother. Each babe is lulled by
a gently rhyming couplet beginning with the phrase, ``It's time for
bed.'' Dyer's watercolor illustrations are dear. Large, clearly drawn
animals are placed against backgrounds of vivid hues. A variety of
landscapes keeps each scene looking fresh as a foal settles down in
a moonlit meadow, a pair of fish blow bubbles in blue water, and two
snakes curl up in overgrown grass. Working beautifully with the soothingly
repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and
affection."--School Library Journal
Joespha Buell. Mary Had a Little Lamb. Photographs and afterward
by Bruce McMillan. New York: Scholastic, 1990. ISBN 0590437739.
is difficult to set a classic piece of poetry in the historical context
in which it belongs and at the same time
enable it to evolve and stay alive and fresh. But that is just what
McMillan has so artfully done in this
picture-book version of the poem. In an inventive blend of layout
and design, he meshes the old and new
together. The delicate endpapers and old-fashioned edgings to the
photographs all serve as the proper
background for the black, bespectacled young girl who is the model
for Mary and the real coup of the book.
This is a Mary who goes to school in an old-fashioned building, but
with a male teacher. With her bright smile
and yellow overalls, she is sure to connect with children meeting
Mary for the first time.... The fine design and excellent color scheme
as well as the afterword, original poem, and explanations about the
book make this a wonderfully crafted book that no library should miss.."--School
Bill, Jr., Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Illus. Eric
Carle. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc., 1983. ISBN 0030641640.
text and illustration merge beautifully to captivate the attention
of beginning readers... The repetitive format of the book makes learning
the names of the colors and animals an enjoyable experience?"--School
published in 1967.
available in Spanish.
Ormerod, Jan. The
Saucepan Game. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989. ISBN 0688085180
black-haired, yellow-clad baby and a black cat explore the wealth
of creative possibilities offered by a large saucepan. Once again,
Ormerod succinctly captures the essence of the toddler experience.
The large, clear shapes of the watercolor illustrations are boldly
outlined in black against a plain white background and are easily
focused upon by very young eyes. From the charming endpapers of the
infant's face reflected in the side of the pan to the simple text
and the expressive postures of child and cat, this volume offers a
playful interlude of sharing between baby and parent or sibling. A
book that's sure to send young listeners scurrying to the kitchen
for the nearest saucepan."--School Library Journal
Willams, Sue. I
Went Walking. Illus. Julie Vivas. San Diego, Gulliver, 1990. ISBN
a repetitive rhyme that will be appreciated most by the very young.
A boy takes a walk and encounters a variety of animals: 'I went walking/What
did I see?/I saw a black cat/Looking at me.' The cat follows him, as
do all of the other animals he meets: a brown horse, a red cow, a green
duck, a pink pig and a yellow dog. Finally the child is leading a veritable
parade of animals. Although Williams's text is not particularly imaginative,
the book receives spark from Vivas's illustrations. Each time the question
is posed, she offers a partial glimpse of the animal, which is not shown
in its entirety until the following page. Thus the story becomes a kind
of guessing game that little ones will enjoy playing again and again."--Publishers
below are links to bibliographies/lists, compiled by experts in the field,
of books appropriate to share with babies. Please note, many of the following
lists contain books with small dimensions, such as board books, which
are appropriate for one-on-one sharing. Many Mother Goose programmers
bring out bins or baskets of board books for parents and children to peruse
after the program proper. In addition, the lists found through the links
below could prove helpful for reader's advisory: