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Sing a Song of Mother Goose

illustrated by Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2007
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Nov 2007
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1991
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0
  • Grade: p
  • Reading age: 0 to 5


Barbara Reid's favourite Mother Goose rhymes — now in a chunky board book version with all-new illustrations!

Sing a Song of Mother Goose was Barbara Reid;s second book, originally published in 1987. Now, for its twentieth anniversary, Barb brings us a whole new edition, completely reillustrated in a board book format. Featured are fourteen of Barbara's favourite rhymes including: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; Humpty Dumpty; Little Miss Muffet; Rockabye Baby; Sing a Song of Sixpence; Ladybird; Pussycat, Pussycat; Jack and Jill; Baa Baa Black Sheep; Hey Diddle Diddle; Rain, Rain, Go Away; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Pat A Cake and Hickory Dickory Dock.

This is the perfect companion to Read Me a Book, and will be instantly recognizable to the generation of kids who grew up with the original and now have little ones of their own.

About the author


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


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  • Commended, Today's Parent 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year

Librarian Reviews

Sing a Song of Mother Goose

Scholastic Canada has added to its growing list of board books with a re-issue of an old favourite — Sing a Song of Mother Goose illustrated with the vibrant Plasticine art of Barbara Reid. Scholastic didn’t simply re-issue the original 1987 version in board book format, a mistake often made by publishers, but have done a fresh new re-design with a selection of 14 verses and all new illustrations. I was delighted to see Reid’s addition of a pile of soft pillows under the cradle in “Rock-abye Baby.” The result is a perfect first Mother Goose collection for families, daycares and libraries.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

Sing a Song of Mother Goose

Barbara Reid brings 14 favourite nursery rhymes to life in this picture book edition of her classic collection. Originally published in 2007 in board book format by North Winds Press (Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

Sing a Song of Mother Goose

Barbara Reid brings 14 favourite nursery rhymes to life in this edition of her classic collection. It’s the perfect way to introduce children to Mother Goose. Features illustrations rendered in Plasticine. Originally published as a hardcover in 1987 by North Winds Press (Our Choice 1988/1989).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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