Mother Goose Rhymes with Letter K

Share these 6 Mother Goose rhymes that contain the letter K with a beginning reader. The rhymes will help them associate the grapheme <k> with the phoneme /k/.

Three Little Kittens

Image of Jack Sprat and his wife

Illustration by Kate Greenaway

Three little kittens lost their mittens,
And they began to cry:
“O mother dear, we very much fear
That we have lost our mittens.”
“Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”
“Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow!
And we can have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow!”

The King of France

 A 14th century drawing of King Philip IV of France

King Philip IV of France

The King of France went up the hill,
With twenty thousand men;
The King of France came down the hill,
And ne’er went up again.

Old King Cole

Old King Cole sits on a throne listening to three fiddlers.

Illustration by Francis D. Bedford

Old King Cole
Was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Kitten, Kitten

A kitten sleeps in a little bed.

Photograph from 'Kittens and cats: A first reader'

Kitten, kitten, in my lap,
Now be good and eat your pap.
We’ll have a nightcap for your head,
And put you in the trundle bed.

O My Kitten

A girl sits on a porch near her kitten.

A girl with her kitten

O my kitten a kitten,
And oh! My kitten, my deary,
Such a sweet puss as this
There is not far nor neary;
There we go up, up, up,
Here we go down, down, down.
Here we go backwards and forwards,
And here we go round, round, round.

Katy Did

A line drawing of a katydid.

Illustration from 'Annual report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution'

Katy did, katy did, come from your tree,
And tell, little tattler, what did she?
Come out of your hive, you little bee,
And bring some honey to Sally and me.