Mother Goose Stories

Here we go! A somewhat comprehensive list of Mother Goose Stories: from best-selling books to teacher recommended stories to the award winning tales themselves.

If you are looking to actually read some of her nursery rhymes, you can check out our Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes page.

Most of the books listed here are various collections of nursery rhymes, while some the books are adaptations of the Mother Goose stories. And a few are spin-off stories for the various Mother Goose characters.

Please note that the category titles below link to the corresponding book list on amazon, so that you can check out some of the reviews.

Best-Selling Mother Goose Stories

  • The Real Mother Goose by Blanche F. Wright (Rand McNally, 1916 OP)

  • Barney's Favorite Mother Goose Rhymes Vol. 1 (Lyrick, 1993 OP)

  • Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever by Richard Scarry (Golden, 1964)

  • Eloise Wilkin's Mother Goose by Eloise Wilkin (Golden, 1961)

  • Big Bird's Mother Goose, photos by John Barrett (Random House, 1984)

  • Mother Goose by Aurellius Battaglia (Random House, 1973)

Teacher Recommended Mother Goose Stories,
Nursery Rhymes and Tales

  • Animal Crackers: A Delectable Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Lullabies by Jane Dyer (Little, Brown and Company, 1996)

  • The Arnold Lobel Book Of Mother Goose by Arnold Lobel (Knopf Books, 2003)

  • Barneys Search And Spot Book Set by Scholastic, Inc. (Scholastic, 2001)

  • Barnyard Lullaby by Frank Asch (ALAddin, 2001)

  • A Child’s Garden Of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (Simon & Schuster, 1999 rev. ed., 1947 op)

  • Christian Mother Goose Book of Nursery Rhymes by Marjorie Decker (Grosset & Dunlap, 2001)

  • Elmo's Mother Goose by Constance Allen & Maggie Swanson (Random House, 2000)

  • Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Opie (Candlewick, 1999)

  • Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins 2001, 1967 op)

  • Humpty Dumpty Egg-Splodes by Kevin O’Malley (Walker Books, 2002)

  • Monster Goose by Judy Sierra & Jack Davis (Voyager Books, 2005)

  • Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton (Barefoot Books 2006)

  • Mother Goose's Basket Full Of Rhymes by Carly Simon & Teese Gohl (Little Simon, 2000)

  • The Real Mother Goose by Blanche F. Wright (Rand McNally, 1916 OP)

  • Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose by Sylvia Long (Chronicle Books, 1999)

  • Teddy Bears’ Mother Goose by Michael Hague (Henry Holt & Co., 2001)

  • The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allen Ahlberg (L,B Kids 1991)

  • The Jolly Postman or Other Peoples Letters by Allen Ahlberg (L,B Kids, 1986)

  • The Movable Mother Goose by Robert Sabuda (Little Simon, 1999)

  • Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone (Sandpiper, 1988)

  • Tomie dePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales by Tomie dePaola (Putnam Juvenile, 1986)

  • Will Moses’ Mother Goose by Will Moses (Philomel, 2003)

  • William Joyce's Mother Goose by William Joyce (Random House, 2001)


Award-Winning Mother Goose Stories and Collections of Nursery Rhymes

Below is a list of some of the award winning Mother Goose Stories. There is a description of each of the awards given at the bottom of the page.

  • Animal Crackers : A Delectable Collection of Pictures , Poems , and Lullabies for the Very Young by Jane Dyer (ed.) and Mother Goose (Little, Brown and Company, 1996)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1997

  • Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes by Mother Goose, Illustrated by Marguerite Angeli (Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1954)
    Picture Book
    Award: Caldecott Honor 1955

  • Granfa' Grig Had a Pig : And Other Rhymes Without Reason from Mother Goose by Wallace Tripp (1976)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1977; Boston Globe – Horn Book Award 1977

  • Gregory Griggs and Other Nursery Rhyme People by Arnold Lobel (ed.)(1978)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1979

  • Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Opie (ed.) and Mother Goose (1999)
    Picture
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 2000

  • James Marshall's Mother Goose by Mother Goose, Illustrated by James Marshall (1979)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1980

  • Michael foreman's Mother Goose by Michael foreman (1991)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1992

  • Mother Goose by Mother Goose, Illustrated by Tasha Tudor (1944)
    Picture Book
    Award: Caldecott Honor 1945

  • Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes by Mother Goose, Illustrated by Philip Reed (1963)
    Picture Book
    Award: Caldecott Honor 1964

  • Mother Goose Book and Other Nursery Rhymes by Mother Goose, Illustrated by Alice Provensen (1976)
    Picture Book
    Award: New York Times Best Illustrated 1976

  • Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose by Leo and Diane Dillon (2007)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 2008

  • Mother Goose Remembers by Clare Beaton (2000)
    Picture Book
    Award: Notable Social Studies Trade Books 2001

  • Mother Goose Riddle Rhymes by Ruth and Joseph Low (1953)
    Picture Book
    Award: New York Times Best Illustrated 1953

  • Mother Goose Treasury by Mother Goose, Illustrated by Raymond Briggs (1973)
    Picture Book
    Award: Kate Greenaway Medal 1966

  • My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie (ed.) and Mother Goose (1996)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1997

  • Random House Book of Mother Goose by Arnold Lobel and Mother Goose (1986)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1987

  • Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles by Maud and Miska Petersham (1945)
    Picture Book
    Award: Caldecott Medal 1946

  • Sing Mother Goose by Opal Wheeler (1945)
    Picture Book
    Award: Caldecott Honor 1946

  • Tail Feathers from Mother Goose by Iona and Peter Opie (1988)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1989

  • The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews (2004)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 2005; BELA 2005

  • The Web Files by Margie Palatini (2001)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 2002

  • Tomie De Paola's Mother Goose by Mother Goose, Illustrated by Tomie De Paola (1985)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1986

Award-Winning Mother Goose Stories - Spin-offs and Adaptations

  • Amy's Eyes by Richard Kennedy (1985)
    Chapter Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 1986

    A girl who has changed into a doll and a doll who has changed into a sea captain sail the pirate-ridden high seas with a crew of Mother Goose animals, in search of gold treasure.

  • Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister by Bob Graham (2007)
    Picture Book
    Award: ALA Notable Books for Children 2008

    Humpty Dumpty's little sister is too shy to be part of her family's circus act, but she finds courage when her brother needs her help.



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Description of Awards

ALA Notable Books for Children: an annual award given by The American Library Association & the Association for Library Service to Children for books of especially commendable quality and creativity.

Boston Globe – Horn Book Award: an annual award sponsored by the Boston Globe and The Horn Book Magazine and decided by an independent panel of 3 judges.

Caldecott Honor & Caldecott Medal: an annual award given by The American Library Association & the Association for Library Service to Children for the most distinguished picture books.

Kate Greenaway Medal: an annual award given by the British Library Association, Youth Libraries Group for the most distinguished illustrative work.

New York Times Best Illustrated: an annual ward sponsored by the New York Times and decided by a panel of 3 judges (a children’s book editor, artist and critic).

Notable Social Studies Trade Books: an annual award given by the National Council for Social Studies for the books that best “emphasize human relation, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme…are easily readable…and have a pleasing format.”



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