Children's reading lists

8 favourite nursery rhymes for little ones

These familiar melodies and songs are perfect for sharing together, from active rhymes for the most boisterous of singalongs to more soothing lullabies. Look out for our readers' favourites! 

Ladybird team

'Baa Baa Black Sheep is my favourite. My mum always sang it to me when I was little and now I sing it to my little boy. He always smiles and claps his hands.' - Clarissa, mum of a two-year-old

'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is my little baby boy's favourite. I sang it to him whilst I was pregnant and at 7 months it's still his favourite and calms him down!' - Jo-Jo, mum of a 7-month-old

'Mine is a rhyme you don't hear very often anymore but I've always loved Mary, Mary. As a child, I used to love hearing about her garden and its silver bells.' - Tracy

'The Grand Old Duke of York because it is great for getting up and moving around! Lots of marching and actions to join in with.' - Kate, mum of a one, three and five-year-old

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