Nursery rhymes and stories

Nursery Rhymes, Books, and Felt Stories for kids

Beloved nursery rhymes such as "Jack and Jill," "Little Miss Muffet," "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," and "Baa, Baa, Sheep," have been cherished by children for generations. Their silliness, their rhyme and repetition make them fun for children to listen to and recite. Nursery rhymes are also a great tool to practice phonemic awareness and phonics skills. 

Jack and Jill 
(Traditional Nursery Rhyme)

Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got,
and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
To old Dame Dob,
who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper.

Jack Spratt 
(Traditional Nursery Rhyme)

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean,
And so between the two of them,
They licked the platter clean.

Little Bo Peep
(Traditional Nursery Rhyme)

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,
And can't tell where to find them.
Leave them alone, and they'll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

Little Jack Horner 
(Traditional Nursery Rhyme)

Little Jack Horner sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie,
He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum,
And said "What a good boy am I!"

Old King Cole 
(Traditional Nursery Rhyme)

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
and a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe in the middle of the night,
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Every fiddler had a fine fiddle,
and a very fine fiddle had he.
Oh there's none so rare as can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

The Queen of Hearts 
(Traditional Nursery Rhyme)

The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer's day.

The Knave of Hearts
He stole those tarts,
And took them clean away.

The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts,
And beat the knave full sore.

The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts,
And vowed he'd steal no more.

Nursery Rhymes Books

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty's Little Sister

Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

Hey Diddle Diddle
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever  Sylvia Long's Mother Goose The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock 
My Very First Mother Goose Hickory, Dickory, Dock:
And Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes 
Baa Baa Black Sheep Old King Cole

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
sat on a tuffet,
eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider
who sat down beside her,
and frightened Miss Muffet away.


"Bow-wow," says the dog.
"Meow-meow," says the cat.
"Grunt-grunt," says the hog,
and "squeak," goes the rat.
"Buzz-buzz", says the bee.
"Tweet-tweet," says the jaya.
"Caw-caw," says the crow.
"Quack-quack," says the duck.
And what the cuckoo says, you know!

Litte Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner
sat in a corner
eating his holiday pie.
He stuck in his thumb
and pulled out a plum
and said, "What a lucky boy am I!"

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Nursery Rhyme

"Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
havy you any wool?"

"Yes sir, yes sir,
three bags full.
One for my master.
One for my dame.
And one for the little girl
who lives down the lane."

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

There was an old woman
who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children,
she didn't know what to do.

She gave them some broth
along with some bread,
then hugged them all soundly
and sent them to bed.

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue
come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow.
The cow's in the corn.

Where is the young boy
who looks after the sheep?
He's under a haystack
fast asleep.

Will you wake him?
No, not I,
for if I do,
he is sure to cry.

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These sections contain more than just the words/lyrics.  Each section has free printable coloring pages, craft ideas, puppets, felt board characters, word wall word worksheets, picture crossword puzzles and other activity sheets to go with the songs, rhymes and stories!

[Fairy Tales]     [Nursery Rhymes]     [Songs]     [Videos]

  • Aesop's Fables  (Greek)
  • Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Middle East)
  • Beauty and the Beast (French)
  • Bremen Town Musicians (German)
  • Cinderella
  • Emperor's New Clothes (Danish)
  • Frog Prince
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Greek Mythology
  • Hansel and Gretel  (German)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Mermaid (Danish)
  • Little Red Hen
  • Little Red Ridinghood  (French)
  • Marie and the Orange Fish (African)
  • Molly Murphy and the Scorched Leprechaun (Irish)
  • Moon Maiden  (Japanese)
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rapunzel
  • Rumpelstiltskin (German)
  • Seven Voyages of Sinbad (Middle East)
  • Shakespeare Stories (British)
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Small Abdul and the Caliph's Daughter (Muslim)
  • Snow White and the Dwarves
  • Stone Soup
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Thumbelina (Danish)
  • Ugly Duckling (Danish)

  • A Tisket, A Tasket
  • Baa, Baa Black Sheep
  • Daffy Down Dilly
  • Donkey, Donkey Old and Gray
  • Five Busy Honey Bees
  • Five Green Shamrocks
  • Five Little Chickens
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Five Little Fishies
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Five Little Owls
  • Five Little Pumpkins
  • Five Little Snowflakes
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • I Had a Little Nut Tree
  • I See the Moon
  • Jack and Jill
  • Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Man in the Moon
  • Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
  • Old King Cole
  • Old Mother Hubbard
  • Owl and the Pussycat
  • Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater
  • Pussycat, Pussycat where have you been?
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence
  • Star Light, Star Bright
  • This Little Chick
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Wise Old Owl

  • Baby Bumblebee
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • Bullfrog Song 
  • Butterfly Song (bible)
  • Crocodile Song 
  • Farmer in the Dell
  • Five Green and Speckled Frogs
  • Going on a Lion Hunt
  • Hand Washing Song
  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail  (Easter)
  • If You Should Meet an Elephant  (four seasons)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Jesus Song
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Mr.   Sun
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Penguin Song
  • Six Little Ducks
  • Squirrel Song
  • Teasing Mr. Crocodile
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Wheels on the Bus


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Fairy tales in verse - read free online

Fairy tales in verse - favorite works of children and adults in poetic form. Thanks to the rhythm of the syllable, interesting plot twists and colorful characters, fairy tale poems are remembered for a long time by a young reader. They were created with love by the great poets of the world. In them, familiar events take on a new meaning, animals, birds and things can speak. In order to comprehensively develop a child, read fairy tales in verse to him from a young age. They will teach him goodness, justice, friendship and fidelity to the given promise. nine0003

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    90,000 quiet fairy tale - Samuel Marshak, Read online

    Samuel Marshak

    Silent Tale - a work of marshab, which is perfect for attracting the attention of children and attention creating silence. It shows the life of a family of hedgehogs. At night, when everything around is asleep, hedgehogs go for a walk with the whole family. Who can they meet on their way, and how can they avoid danger? Read the poem to the end with the guys to find out, better in a whisper. Why? The last lines will give the answer, and the fairy tale will teach the children attention, kindness and respect for nature. nine0003

    Reading time: 2 min.

    You will read this fairy tale
    Quiet, quiet, quiet…

    Once upon a time there was a gray hedgehog
    And his hedgehog.

    The gray hedgehog was very quiet
    And the hedgehog too.
    And they had a child -
    Very quiet hedgehog.

    The whole family goes for a walk
    At night along the paths
    Hedgehog father, hedgehog mother
    And a baby hedgehog.

    Along the deaf autumn paths
    They walk quietly: top-top-top...

    The people of the forest have been sleeping for a long time. nine0099 Both the beast and the bird sleep.
    But in the darkness, in the silence of the night
    Two wolves can't sleep.

    Here they go to rob
    With a quiet step wolves ...
    Hedgehogs heard them,
    Raised the needles.

    Steel round like a ball -
    No heads, no legs.
    — Hide your head,
    Hurry up, cute hedgehog!

    Hedgehog cringed, upright
    Raised a hundred needles ...
    The wolf spun like a top,
    Whimmed, jumped. nine0003

    Paw - good, teeth - click.
    And afraid to bite.
    Walked away, lame, wolf,
    The wolf came up.

    She spins the hedgehog:
    He has a round back.
    Where is the neck, belly,
    Nose and both ears?..

    She began to roll
    Ball on the road.
    And hedgehogs - father and mother -
    Prickly wolf legs.

    Hedgehogs and hedgehogs
    Needles, like a Christmas tree.
    Snapping and trembling,
    The wolves are retreating. nine0003

    Hedgehogs whisper to a hedgehog:
    - Don't move, lie down.

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