Predictable Books: Repetition of Phrase

These books are examples of stories that build upon the repetition of a phrase.

"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
A Dark, Dark Tale : Story and Pictures

Ruth Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Journeying through a dark, dark house, a black cat surprises the only inhabitant of the abandoned residence. 

A Happy Tale

Dorothy Butler
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Fortunately But)

Both good and bad luck accompany Mabel as she tries to get across her island to her new home.


John Prater
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pr)

Baby Bear and Grandbear build with blocks, play in the sandbox, water the garden, and share a book.  

Bear Snores On

Karma Wilson
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.     

Big and Little

Ruth Krauss
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kr)

Brief text and illustrations describe some of the little things that big things love.  

Boo to a Goose

Mem Fox
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fo)

A child relates a long list of things he would do before he'd say boo to a goose.     

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin, Jr.
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.    

Cat Boy!

Primrose Lockwood
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lo)

Follows the adventures of a very young boy and his pet cat throughout a typical da

Chicken Soup With Rice : A Book of Months

Maurice Sendak
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Se)

January to December, anytime is the right time to eat chicken soup with rice.

Come Out and Play, Little Mouse

Robert Kraus
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kr)

Little Mouse is busy helping his family five days of the week, but he gets to play with them on weekends.

Dance Away

George Shannon
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sha)

Rabbit's dancing saves his friends from becoming Fox's supper.

Dirty Larry

Bobbie Hamsa
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ha)

Dirty Larry is never clean except when he is in the shower. 

Do You Want To Be My Friend?

Eric Carle
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

A mouse searches everywhere for a friend.     

Don't Climb Out of the Window Tonight

Richard McGilvray
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcg)

Flying ghosts and jogging giants are just two of the ten very good reasons a little girl makes up so she won't climb out of her window in the middle of the night

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. 

Good Night!

Claire Masurel
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mas)

Juliette gathers her toys together in preparation for bedtime.  

Good Night, Gorilla

Peggy Rathmann.
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ra)

An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.    

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.   

Have You Seen My Cat?

Eric Carle
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 784.2 Ga)

A young boy encounters all sorts of cats while searching for the one he lost. 

Have You Seen My Duckling?

Nancy Tafuri
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ta)

A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.    

Have You Seen the Crocodile

Colin West
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

Various animals look for the cunning crocodile, not realizing he is right under their noses.     

How Do I Put It On? : Getting Dressed

Shigeo Watanabe
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

A bear demonstrates the right and wrong ways to put on shirt, pants, cap, and shoes.  

How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together

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

The friendship of Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse blossoms when they find something they both like to do.  

I Went Walking

Sue Williams
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

During the course of a walk, a young boy identifies animals of different colors.     

If The Dinosaurs Came Back

Bernard Most
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mo)

A young boy who wishes for the return of dinosaurs imagines how useful they would be.

King of the Woods

David Day
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

Various animals contend for the honor of being considered the king of the woods, but it is not always the largest who is the strongest.     

Me Baby, You Baby

Ashley Wolff
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

Simple rhyming text describes a day in the life of two babies as they greet the day, go to the zoo with their mothers, and return home at night.     

Moo Moo, Brown Cow

Jakki Wood
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej 510 Wo)

Readers learn about numbers and colors as a lively kitten visits the barnyard asking mother animals about their babies. 

Mucky Duck

Sally Grindley
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

Oliver and Mucky Duck, a duck who lives in the garden pond, have trouble staying clean because they love to do things like playing football and painting.  

No, No, Titus!

Claire Masurel
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mas)

At first Titus the dog has trouble discovering exactly what his job is on the farm, but then a fox's approach to the chicken coop helps him understand how valuable he is.

Only You

Rosemary Wells
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

A little bear describes how much his mother means to him.

Owl Babies

Martin Waddell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.     

Possum Come a-Knockin'

Nancy Van Laan
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Va)

A cumulative tale in verse about a mysterious stranger that interrupts a family's daily routine.     

Puff, Puff, Chugga-Chugga

Christopher Wormell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

"Puff, puff, chugga, chugga here comes the little train...the little train ends up holding many big passengers!" 

Sailor Bear

Martin Waddell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

Lost and lonely, a little bear embarks on a rather perilous sailing venture, but winds up with his heart's desires realized.   

Sitting on the Farm

Bob King
(Juvenile - J 782.42164 Ki)

A girl trying to get a little bug off her knee enlists the aid of a series of increasingly larger animals.     

Step by Step

Diane Wolkstein
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

A little ant and her friend enjoy a day together, dining on the nectar of a yellow flower, sailing on a leaf, and dancing in the rain.  

Ten Out Of Bed

Penny Dale
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

A young child and nine stuffed animals fall asleep, one by one, after playing a series of games.   

The Baby Blue Cat Who Said No

Ainslie Pryor
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pr)

The Baby Blue Cat loves to say "no" to everything from Mama Cat's delicious supper to a bedtime story.

The Important Book

Margaret Wise Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)
The Piney Woods Peddler

George Shannon
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

A peddler sets out to find a shiny silver dollar for his dear darling daughter.     

Two Little Trains

Margaret Wise Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Two little trains, one streamlined, the other old-fashioned, puff, puff, puff, and chug, chug, chug, on their way West.     

Watch out! Big Bro's coming!

Jez Alborough
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Al)

Terror spreads through the jungle as animals hear the news that rough, tough Big Bro is coming.     

Webster J. Duck

Martin Waddell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

Webster J. Duck turns to several animals when he tries to find his mother.     

Where Are You Going, Little Mouse?

Robert Kraus
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kr)

A little mouse runs away from home to find a "nicer" family, but when darkness comes, he misses them and realizes how much he loves them.     

Who Said Red?

Mary Serfozo
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Se)

A dialogue between two speakers, one of whom must keep insisting on an interest in the color red, introduces that hue as well as green, blue, yellow, and others.     

Whose Footprints?

Molly Coxe
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

A mother and daughter discover and identify animal footprints in the snow on an intimate walk through their farm.

Whose House?

Barbara Seuling
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Se)

A boy imagines himself living in various animals' homes, then decides his own warm house and cozy bed are just right for him.     

Wiggle, Waggle

Jonathan London
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lo)

Describes how various animals walk, from the wiggle waggle of a duck to the boing, boing, boing of a kangaroo.     

William and the Night Train

Mij Kelly
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ke)

Mothers and fathers, teachers and jugglers -- everyone's aboard the night train. They're all sleepyheads, ready for bed, ready to ride the train to tomorrow. But the train won't go until wide-awake William shuts his eyes, too...


Mem Fox
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fo)

While Flora visits the zoo with her father, not only does she look at the animals but some of them turn to look at her.