Mother Goose Rhymes Beginning with Letter J

Share these 9 Mother Goose rhymes that begin with the letter J with a beginning reader. The rhymes will help them associate the letter J with the sound it makes.

Jack and Jill

Image of Mother Goose's Jack and Jill.

Illustration by Kate Greenaway

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.

Jack Sprat

Image of Jack Sprat and his wife

Illustration by Kate Greenaway

Jack Sprat
Could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean;
And so betwixt them both,
They licked the platter clean.

Jumping Joan

Line drawing of Jumping Joan

Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts

Here am I, little jumping Joan,
When nobody’s with me, I’m always alone.

Little Jack Jingle

Illustration of Jack Jingle with his wife and children.

Illustration by Randolph Caldecott

Little Jack Jingle,
He used to live single;
But when he got tired of this kind of life,
He left off being single,
And lived with his wife.

Jack Be Nimble

Illustration of Jack jumping over a candlestick.

Illustration from 'The Jumble Book'

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
And Jack jump over the candlestick.

Johnny Shall Have a New Bonnet

Line drawing of Johnny in his old bonnet.

Illustration by Charles Robinson

Johnny shall have a new bonnet,
And Johnny shall go to the fair;
And Johnny shall have a blue ribbon,
To tie up his bonny brown hair.

And why may not I love Johnny?
And why may not Johnny love me?
And why may not I love Johnny?
As well as another body?

And here ‘s a leg for a stocking.
And here ‘s a foot for a shoe,
And he has a kiss for his daddy.
And two for his mammy, I trow.

And why may not I love Johnny?
And why may not Johnny love me?
And why may not I love Johnny
As well as another body?

Jenny Shall Have a New Bonnet

Illustration of Jenny on her mother's lap.

Illustration by Kate Greenaway

Jenny shall have a new bonnet,
And Jenny shall go to the fair,
And Jenny shall have a blue ribbon
To tie up her bonny brown hair.

Just Like Me

A silhouette illustration of a boy going up the stairs.

Illustration from 'Gems From Mother Goose'

“I went up one pair of stairs.”
“Just like me.”
“I went up two pairs of stairs.”
“Just like me.”
“I went into a room.”
“Just like me.”
“I looked out of a window.”
“Just like me.”
“And there I saw a monkey.”
“Just like me.”

Jim and George

Image of Mother Goose's Jim and George

Two great lords, Jim and George, have a discussion.

Jim and George were two great lords,
They fought all in a churn;
And when that Jim got George by the nose,
Then George began to grin.

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