From “Miss Mary Mack” to “The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider,” here are some of our favorite toe-tapping, hand-clapping sing-along books and songs!

1. Miss Mary Mack
By Mary Ann Hoberman

Whether you’re chanting, singing or simply reading this book, children will love the endearing mix of silly lyrics and friendly illustrations as they follow along.

Watch Hayden and Kira read the book below in this episode of Can I Read to You?

2. Wheels on the Bus
By Raffi

Raffi may be the king of melodic writing! “Wheels on the Bus”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Baby Beluga”, “Down by the Bay” and more are consistently top picks for children of all ages.

3. Shoo Fly
By Iza Trapani

Iza Trapani is another master of catchy content. Also a wonderful illustrator, she turns classics like “I’m a Little Teapot” and “How Much is That Doggy in the Window” into literary works of art for kids.

4. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…
By Annie Kubler

You already know the words, so why read the book? Because allowing your baby to experience well-known nursery rhymes via interactive text is the perfect way to share quality time together.

5. The More We Get Together
Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Church is known for bringing preschool anthems to life with her simple, charming illustrations. The more you read her books, the happier you’ll be!

6. Ten in the Bed
By Penny Dale

Perfect for bedtime, “Ten in the Bed” is a fresh take on an old favorite.

7. Hokey Pokey Elmo
By Abigail Tabby

Get moving with your kids while you teach them this classic childhood rhyme alongside Elmo? That’s what it’s all about!

8. Hand Rhymes
By Marc Brown

Popular children’s author Marc Brown shares fourteen fun and engaging rhymes perfect for little fingers with intricate and expressive pictures.

9. My First Action Rhymes
Illustrated by Lynne Woodcock Cravath

Complete with tips and tricks for making the most of this interactive reading experience, this book is perfect for kids under three years old.

10. The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider
By Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson

Joanna Cole, author of the famous “Magic School Bus” series, teams up with Stephanie Calmenson in this wonderful collection of over 100 traditional childhood rhymes and songs. This book and its companion, ““Miss Mary Mack and Other Children’s Street Rhymes”” will make any parent nostalgic for the old playground days.

What are some of your favorite action rhymes and fingerplay books? Let us know in the comments below!

About Danielle Steinberg

Danielle Steinberg

Danielle received her Masters in Education which led her to a spot on the PBS Parents team in 2011. She now works full time as a producer of content and social media for PBS Digital Studios and continues to work as a web producer for PBS Parents.

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