Predictable Books: Cumulative Story

These books are examples of cumulative stories.

"Predictable books are those which, by virtue of the book's pattern, children can successfully anticipate the next word or next sentence. Their predictability encourages participation and engages children's minds. Often, these books make heavy use of rhyme or repetition." - Ready for Reading (Juvenile Parent/Teacher Resource Room - J 372.58 Bi)

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
"Buzz, Buzz, Buzz," Went Bumblebee

Colin West
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

Bumblebee buzzes around bothering everyone until he comes to a gentle butterfly who understands that the busy bee is looking for someone to be his friend.

"I Don't Care!" Said the Bear

Colin West
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

The big brown bear has no fear of a bad-tempered goose, a big pig, or even a wolf, but something very small causes him to run scared. 

Benny's Pennies

Pat Brisson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Benny sets off in the morning with five shiny new pennies to spend and eventually buys something for his mother, brother, sister, dog, and cat.

Hattie and the Fox

Mem Fox
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fo)

Hattie, a big black hen, discovers a fox in the bushes, which creates varying reactions in the other barnyard animals.

Here Is the Coral Reef

Madeleine Dunphy
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 577.78 Du)

Poetically cumulative text and illustrations capture the relationships between plants and animals in the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef.     

In Enzo's Splendid Gardens

Patricia Polacco
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Po)

A cumulative rhyme describes the uproarious chain of events that ensue when a waiter trips over a book dropped by a boy watching a bee.

It's a Perfect Day

Abigail Pizer
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pi)

A rooster, a pig, a cow, and many other farm animals enjoy a perfect day in the country. Uses rebuses.

It's My Birthday

Helen Oxenbury
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ox)

The birthday child's animal friends bring ingredients and help make a birthday cake.     

It's Too Noisy!

Joanna Cole
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 It Could Col)

Unable to stand his noisy and overcrowded home any longer, a farmer goes to the Wise Man for advice.  

Jack's Garden

Henry Cole
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 635 Co)

Cumulative text and illustrations depict what happens in Jack's garden after he plants his seeds.   

Knock, Knock, Teremok! : A Traditional Russian Tale

Katya Arnold
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Knock Arn)

In this cumulative tale, a fly, a mouse, a frog, a duck, a hare, a fox, a pig, and a wolf come to live together, until a bear comes along.  

Little Pink Pig

Pat Hutchins
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hu)

When it is time for bed, a little pink pig lags behind as his mother asks the horse, cow, sheep, and hens to help her find her child.  

Mike's Kite

Elizabeth MacDonald
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mac)

On a windy day, Mike's kite blows away, pulling him and all the many people who try to help him.

Mr. Gumpy's Outing

John Burningham
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bu)

Mr. Gumpy accepts more and more riders on his boat until the inevitable occurs.

One-Dog Canoe

Mary Casanova
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

A girl and her dog set out in their canoe one morning, only to be insistently joined by a series of animals, large and small.  

Rum Pum Pum : a Folk Tale from India

Maggie Duff
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Rum Pum Duf)

Aided by others who have suffered at the hands of the king, a blackbird seeks revenge on the monarch who has stolen his wife.     

Seven Sillies

Joyce Dunbar
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Du)

After Pig, Sheep, Goat, Rabbit, Hen, and Mouse become enamored of their reflections in the pond, the silliest animal of all turns out to be the frog who tricks them into jumping into the water. 

The Bag I'm Taking To Grandma's

Shirley Neitzel
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ne)

In cumulative verses and rebuses a young boy and his mother have different views on how to pack a bag for a trip to Grandma's.

The Great Big Enormous Turnip

Alexei Tolstoy
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Turnip Tol)

The mouse added just the necessary weight to the line formed by all those trying to pull up the giant turnip.   

The Old Woman and Her Pig

Paul Galdone
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 398.8 Ga)
The Pig In The Pond

Martin Waddell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

An overheated pig who doesn't swim, throws himself into a pond, throwing the farmyard into an uproar.     

The Rose in My Garden

Arnold Lobel
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lo)

A variety of flowers grows near the hollyhocks that give shade to the bee that sleeps on the only rose in a garden. 

The Story of Chicken Licken

Jan Ormerod
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Henny Orm)

"Chicken Licken" is retold with illustrations of school children performing the story as a play on stage. 

Today is Monday

Eric Carle
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 782.42164 Ca)

Each day of the week brings a new food, until on Sunday all the world's children can come and eat it up. 

What Did You Put In Your Pocket?

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Two groups of animals tell each other about the food and other things that they put in their pockets.