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Onomatopoeia is so much fun to teach.Basically, onomatopoeia words are sound words. Words that name a sound like crunch, moo, pow, and boom are all sound words.
This collection of picture books with onomatopoeia are perfect for your upcoming lessons. Students will see and hear onomatopoeia in action!
Picture Books with Onomatopoeia
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books with onomatopoeia. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the images below.
Boom Bah! | This picture book begins in a small way, in a kitchen, as a mouse taps a cup with a spoon. Turn the page and readers see the mouse hand the spoon to a cat. From there, more and more animals join in and soon a marching band forms and moves outside.
Tiny Little Fly | When Tiny Little Fly sees great big toes (and lands on a great big nose), the poor elephant tries—tramp, crush, tramp—but can’t catch it. Off flies the fly!
The Rain Stomper | Today is the day of the big neighborhood parade. Baton twirler Jazmin is ready to lead the way for the dogs and kids, music and fun. But then the clouds crowd in. The sky darkens. Thunder roars. And the rain begins. SLAP clatter clatter SLAP SLAP! Is Jazmin’s parade ruined? Or can she use her spirit, her fearless energy, and her mighty baton to save the day?
Who Likes Rain? | It’s time to put on your rain gear for a rainy-day romp! With spring come April showers. It’s time to put on a raincoat, grab an umbrella, and head outdoors. The worms like rain, and so do the fish and frogs. But what about the cat and dog?
Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng! | When Ear, Leg, and Arm refuse to marry Mosquito, she shows them that she is not to be ignored.
BOM! Went the Bear | Bear loves to play his big bass drum—on his own. He likes to make as much noise as he can, marching around like he’s king of all the land. It looks like so much fun that soon he’s joined by all manner of enthusiastic musicians. But with so many animals determined to deliver a command performance, is there room for Bear to march to the beat of his own drum?
Blueberries for Sal | Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter. Meanwhile Sal’s mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?
The Tale of Peter Rabbit |
Follow the story of naughty Peter Rabbit as he squeezes under the gate into Mr. McGregor’s garden and finds himself in all kinds of trouble!
The Remarkable Farkle McBride | Vroom-pety BANG! Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius: He plays the violin, the flute, the trombone, and the drums with incredible skill. But he’s never satisfied: Something is missing.
Roller Coaster | Clickity, clackity. Clickity, clackity. The roller coaster car is going up, up, up to the highest spot. And at least one of the people in the car has never ridden on a roller coaster before . . . ever. Wheeeeeeee!
Locomotive | It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.
Click, Click, Moo Cows That Type | Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears: Click, clack, moo. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes! Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!
The Little Engine That Could | The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.
Where’s My Mummy? | Little Baby Mummy wants just one more game of hide-and-shriek with Big Mama Mummy before bedtime. The night is deep and dark, full of friendly creatures that click their clacky teeth and whoosh past on flippy-floppy wings. But who will comfort Little Baby Mummy if a small, scritchy-scratchy someone gives him a scare? Big Mama Mummy, of course!
The Water Hole | From the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the deserts of outback Australia, the animals come together to drink from the water hole. But their water supply is diminishing. What’s going on?
That’s Good! That’s Bad! | A little boy has a series of adventures and misadventures with a bunch of wild animals.
Whoosh, Crunch, Roar | Boom! Crash! Roar! Playful text and stunning Sports Illustrated photos combine to teach young readers about onomatopoeia that you can see and hear at a football game.
Galactic Radio | Travel along with two funny aliens as they dance to the wacky beats of the Galactic Radio! The author’s colorful illustrations, unique radio sounds, and invitation to dance is sure to delight young readers!
Slop Goes the Soup | A-a-a-a-choo! What happens when a warthog sneezes? First, the soup slops; then someone slithers, and the lamp begins to wobble…Before long, the whole house is a mess!
Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet | This is truly an alphabet with attitude, created by that master of raucous humor, Ross MacDonald. In this hilarious book you’ll see clothes ripped off an intrepid game hunter by a ferocious lion (ROAR! RIP! RUN!); a little boy who manages to pin the tail on his father, rather than the donkey. (NO! OH! OOPS! OW!); and an exceedingly plump Santa being crammed down the chimney (JINGLE! JINGLE! JINGLE!).
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! | What’s that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby — eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble.
“Clang” Went the Cymbals | A boy loses his favorite bear. Will he find it? Each letter of the alphabet is represented with an onomatopoeia (noise) word. The words and illustrations combine together perfectly to create an old-fashion Main Street experience.
If You Were Onomatopoeia | If you were onomatopoeia, you would be a word that sounds like the action it describes. You could CRASH, BOOM, or BANG! What else could you do if you were onomatopoeia?
Split! Splat! | I sing a little rain song, a simple song, a plain song, a pitter-patter-tip-tap-on-the-windowpane song. Drip drop, plip plop, pit pat, split splat! Put down your umbrella! Take off your galoshes! It’s time to sing and dance in the rain.
A Mouthful of Onomatopoeia | Take a bite of onomatopoeia. Does it fizz, beep, crunch, or quack? Crackle, woof, meow, or splat?
Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? | Mr. Brown is a sound-making wonder! He can hoo hoo like an owl and buzz buzz like a bee. It is so much fun to make noises that you hear every day, like moo and tick-tock. But stranger sounds are fun to make, too . . . like the pip of a goldfish kiss and the grum grum of a hippo chewing gum.
Tap Tap Boom Boom | The clouds are gathering above a city street and soon — tap, tap, boom, boom! As a thunderstorm rolls in, people of all stripes race down to the subway to get away from the crackling rain and wind.
Snow Sounds | Sweep, crunch, swoosh, scrape . . . All night long, snow falls silently, bringing forth a world blanketed in white—and a very noisy day.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! | Tippy, tippy, tippy, Pat! That’s the sound three hungry bunnies make when the sun goes down and the moon comes up and Mr. McGreely’s garden smells yum, yum, yummy. While he’s dreaming of his mouth-watering carrots, the bunnies are diving over fences and swimming trenches to get the veggies first!
When Papa Snores | Trying to get some shut-eye is no easy task when the lamp is rattling, the dishes are clattering, and shoes are tumbling down the stairs. Who is making all that racket? It’s Papa and Nana, fast asleep, snoring to beat the band. So much noise! But Papa and Nana aren’t the noisiest nappers in the house…. Can you guess who is?
Are your favorite books with onomatopoeia on this list? If not, what did I miss?
Fire Engine No. 9 also uses some great onomatopoeia. Here’s a link to the book being read aloud on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqqIbREc1lQ
Tara Mitchell says
Thank you! I can’t wait to check it out.
Years ago (23?) I read a book I think the name was Mr Gumpys autocar (?) Has anyone ever heard of it?