Predictable Stories

Allen, Pamela. Who Sank the Boat?
The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.

Barton, Byron. The Little Red Hen.
The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are willing to eat the bread she makes from it.

Blegvad, Erik. The Three Little Pigs.
In this, as well as in other versions of this well-known story, only one of the three pig brothers survives the hazardous experience of building a house.

Carle, Eric. The Very Busy Spider.
Farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness.

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Follows the progress of a little caterpillar as he eats his way through a variety of foods until, full at last, he forms a cocoon and goes to sleep.

Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.

Crews, Donald. Flying.
An airplane takes off, flies, and lands after having passed over cities, country areas, lakes, and more.

Crews, Donald. Light.
A graphic presentation of kinds of light: daylight, starlight, lightning, electric signs, etc. The pictures say it all. The words merely label the kind of light presented.

Domanska, Janina. If All the Seas Were One Sea.
Speculates on what would happen if all the world’s seas were one sea.

Ets, Marie Hall. Elephant in a Well.
The combined efforts of several animals cannot pull and elephant from a well until a mouse adds his strength.

Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George.
George is a puppy who does not sound like a puppy should despite the efforts of his mother.

Flack, Marjorie. Ask Mr. Bear.
When he doesn’t know what to give his mother for her birthday, a small boy asks each of several animals for advice.

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

Galdone, Paul. Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Three clever billy goats outwit a big ugly troll that lives under the bridge they must cross on their way up the mountain.

Harper, Wilhelmina. The Gunniwolf.
A little girl cautioned never to go into the jungle wanders in deeper and deeper while searching for flowers and is suddenly confronted by the Gunniwolf.

Hogrogian, Nonny. One Fine Day.
After the old woman cuts off his tail when he steals her milk, the fox must go through a long series of transactions before she will sew it back on again.

Holl, Adelaide. The Rain Puddle.
“Dear me!” cried plump hen when she say her reflection in the rain puddle, “a poor little hen has fallen into the water. Come and help!” And one by one the other animals come to look.

Howard, Jane R. When I’m Sleeping.
A child speculates about sleeping next to various animals in places other than her own warm bed.

Hutchins, Pat. The Doorbell Rang.
Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma’s cookies.

Hutchins, Pat. Good-Night Owl.
Because all the other animals’ noises keep him from sleeping, Owl watches for a chance to take his revenge.

Joslin, Sesyle. What Do You Say, Dear?
An etiquette book for children, this presents situations and then asks the title question looking for the correct response.

Kalan, Robert. Rain.
Brief text and illustrations describe a rainstorm.

Kasza, Keiko. The Pigs’ Picnic.
Mr. Pig, on his way to call on Miss Pig, allows his animal friends to persuade him to don various handsome portions of their own bodies, with an alarming result.

Kessler, Ethel. Do Baby Bears Sit in Chairs?
Do they? Maybe not, but they do something you do. And so do kangaroos, mother goats and lots of children.

Kovalski, Maryann. The Wheels on the Bus.
While a grandmother and grandchildren wait for the bus, they sing the title song with such gusto that they miss their bus.

Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed.
Despite everyone’s dire predictions, a little boy has faith that the carrot seed he has planted will grow.

Long, Earlene. Gone Fishing.
A father and son go fishing with a big fishing rod for daddy and a little one for the child. The emphasis is on big and little, with everything the son does/has reflecting what the father does/has.

Mack, Stan. 10 Bears in My Bed.
One by one, the bears leave the bed until there are none.

Marshall, James. Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
While three bears go for a spin on their bicycle, a little girl enters their house, eats a bowl of porridge, tries out their chairs and beds, and falls asleep.

Maris, Ron. Better Move On, Frog!
A frog searches for a hole for himself, but all seem to be occupied until he comes to the well, which is just right.

Martin, Bill.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
This classic color concept book has questions and response repeated for a series of animals.

Berry, Holly. Old MacDonald Had a Farm.
The inhabitants of old MacDonald’s farms are described verse by verse in this picture book version of the traditional song.

Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
The classic story features repetition and invites listener participation in learning the refrain: “I think I can, I think I can.”

Rees, Mary. Ten in a Bed.
The familiar counting rhyme with the repeated refrain, “Roll over!”

Robart, Rose. The Cake that Mack Ate.
A cumulative story – “This is the chicken that laid the egg that went into the cake that Mack ate” – featuring a dog named Mack.

Rosen, Michael. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
Brave bear hunters go through grass, river, mud and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with a bear forces a headlong retreat.

Sawyer, Ruth. Journey Cake, Ho!
Johnny is leaving the farm because of hard times when his Journey Cake leads him in a merry chase that results in a farmyard full of animals and the family all together again.

Scruton, Clive. Mary’s Pets.
Wanting someone to play with in the garden, Mary looks for each of her pets, and she and the reader discover them together by turning the pages.

Sendak, Maurice. Chicken Soup with Rice.
A song about months, the book features rhyme and repeated refrains.

Shaw, Charles Green. It Looked Like Spilt Milk.
A mystery book for young children presents a continuously changing white shape silhouetted against a blue background that challenges them to guess what it is.

Shulevitz, Uri. Rain Rain Rivers.
A child indoors watches the rain on the window and in the street and tells how it falls on the fields, hills and seas.

Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale.
A tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business.

Hillenbrand, Will. Fiddle-I-Fee.
In this cumulative nursery rhyme, a girl gives a special tea party for her animal friend.

Westcott, Nadine Bernard. The Lady with the Alligator Purse.
The old jump rope nonsense rhyme features an ailing young Tiny Tim.

Wood, Audrey. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub.
Despite pleas from his court, a fun-loving king refuses to get out of his bathtub to rule his kingdom.

Wood, Audrey. The Napping House.
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion with just one bite.

Yabuuchi, Masayuki. Whose Footprints?
Depicts the footprints of a duck, cat, bear, horse, hippopotamus and goat.

Yabuuchi, Masayuki. Whose Baby?
Introduces several animal infants and their parents.

Zolotow, Charlotte. Do You Know What I’ll Do?
A little girl makes promises to share her experiences with her baby brother.

Zolotow, Charlotte. Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present.
Reinforcement of color names with a repeated question.

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