Predictable Books: Pattern Story

These books are examples of pattern 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
 Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel

Christopher Wormell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

In search of the wheel that fell off his bicycle, Blue Rabbit encounters several animals, all of whom have been disturbed by a strange "whizzing" object.   

Blue Rabbit and Friends

Christopher Wormell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

In his search for just the right home, Blue Rabbit helps a bear, a goose, and a dog find the perfect place to live.     

Dark Cloud Strong Breeze

Susan Patron
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

A cumulative rhyme relates the sequence of events that takes place before Daddy can get into the car where he has locked his keys.  

Four Fierce Kittens

Joyce Dunbar
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Du)

Four little kittens in search of excitement try to frighten the barnyard animals, with no effect, until they meet a friendly puppy.     

Going For a Walk

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

A little girl goes for a walk, greeting many animals on her way and meeting someone who becomes a new friend.     

I Wish I Could Fly

Ron Maris
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mar)

Turtle wishes he could fly, dive, climb, and run like other animals, but then he realizes something he can do that they can't.     

Is Everyone Ready For Fun?

Jan Thomas
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Tho)

Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his couch, which is much too tiny for such exuberant activities.     

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.     

Millions of Cats

Wanda Gág
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ga)

How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions?

Peter and the Talking Shoes

Katherine Anne Banks
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ba)

Peter, the son of a music man, is led on an adventure by the voice of his talking shoes.   

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. 

Spider, Spider

Kate Banks
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ba)

As Peter watches a spider crawl across the floor, he and his mother play at imagining all that they would do if Peter were a spider.   


Colin McNaughton
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcn)

Time after time, Preston the pig unknowingly outwits a hungry wolf that is trying to catch and eat him.   

The Carrot Seed

Ruth Krauss
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kr)

Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot see he plants.  

The Gingerbread Boy

Paul Galdone
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Gingerbread Gal)

The Gingerbread Boy eludes the hungry grasp of everyone he meets until he happens upon a fox more clever than he.     

The Little Red Hen

Paul Galdone
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Lit Gal)

The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it.  

The Little Red Hen : An Old Story

Margot Zemach
(Juvenile Nonfiction - Little Red Hen Zem)

A retelling of the traditional tale about the little red hen whose lazy friends are unwilling to help her plant, harvest, or grind the wheat into flour, but all are willing to help her eat the bread that she makes from it.   

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.   

The Three Bears

Paul Galdone
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Three Bears Gal)

Three bears return from a walk and find a little girl asleep in baby bear's bed. 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Paul Galdone
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Three Billy Goats Gruff Gal)

Three clever billy goats outwit a big ugly troll that lives under the bridge they must cross on their way up the mountain.

Who Took the Farmer's Hat?

Joan L. Nodset
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej No)