Nursery Rhymes Beginning with B

Have you ever seen a beginning reader pretend to read a story or poem, but really they’re just reciting it from memory?

My daughter does this and I love it. In these moments, she sees herself as a reader. When she pretends to read, she builds her confidence with reading and becomes more interested in learning how to actually read.

I mention all of this because nursery rhymes are easy to memorize. This makes them very helpful to beginning readers, especially beginning readers that like to pretend to read.

In the rest of this article, I share 14 nursery rhymes beginning with B. These rhymes can help beginning readers associate the letter B with the sound it makes.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full:
One more my master,
One for my dame,
And one for the little boy that lives in our lane.

Barber, Barber

Barber, Barber

Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts

Barber, barber, shave a pig.
How many hairs will make a wig?
Four and twenty; that’s enough.
Give the poor barber a pinch of snuff.

Bat, Bat

Bat, Bat

Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts

Bat, bat, come under my hat,
And I’ll give you a slice of bacon,
And when I bake I’ll give you cake,
If I am not mistaken.

Bessy Bell and Mary Gray

Bessy Bell and Mary Gray

Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts

Bessy Bell and Mary Gray,
They were two bonny lasses,
They built a house upon the lea,
And covered it o’er with rashes.

Bessy kept the garden gate,
And Mary kept the pantry;
Bessy always had to wait,
While Mary lived in plenty.

Billy, Billy, Come and Play

Billy, Billy, Come and Play

Illustration from 'In the Nursery of My Bookhouse'

Billy, Billy, come and play,
While the sun shines bright as day.
Yes, my Polly, so I will,
For I love to please you still.

Billy, Billy, have you seen,
Sam and Betsy on the green?
Yes, my Poll, I saw them pass,
Skipping o’er the new-mown grass.

Billy, Billy, come along,
And I will play a pretty song.
O then, Polly, I’ll make haste;
Not one moment will I waste.

Betty Pringle Had a Pig

Betty Pringle Had a Pig

Illustration from 'A Book of Nursery Rhymes'

Have you ever heard of Betty Pringle’s pig?
It was very little and not very big;
When it was alive it lived in clover;
But now it’s dead, and that’s all over.

So, Billy Pringle he lay down and cried,
And Betty Pringle she sat down and died;
So there was an end of one, two, and three:
Billy Pringle he,
Betty Pringle she,
And the piggy wiggy.

Bless You, Burny Bee and Bonny Bee

Bless You, Burny Bee and Bonny Bee

Illustration by Charles Robinson

Bless you, bless you, Burny bee:
Say, when will your wedding be?
If it be tomorrow day,
Take your wings and fly away.

Bless you, bless you, Bonny bee:
Say, when will your wedding be?
If it be tomorrow day,
Take your wings and fly away.

Blow, Wind, Blow! And Go, Mill Go!

Blow, Wind, Blow! And Go, Mill Go!

Illustration by Charles Robinson

Blow, wind, blow! And go, mill, go!
That the miller may grind his corn;
That the baker may take it,
And into rolls make it,
And send us some hot in the morn.

Bow, Wow, Wow

Bow, Wow, Wow

Illustration by Ethel Franklin Betts

Bow-wow-wow!
Whose dog art thou?
Little Tom Tucker’s dog,
Bow-wow-wow!

Bow, Wow, Says the Dog

Bow, Wow, Says the Dog

Illustration from 'In the Nursery of My Bookhouse'

“Bow, wow,” says the dog;
“Mew, mew,” says the cat;
“Grunt, grunt,” goes the hog;
And “Squeak!” goes the rat.

“Chirp, chirp,” says the sparrow;
“Caw, caw,” says the crow;
“Quack, quack,” says the duck;
And what cuckoos say, you know.

So, with sparrows and cuckoos;
With rats and with dogs;
With ducks and with crows;
With cats and with hogs;

A fine song I have made,
To please you, my dear;
And if it’s well sung,
‘Twill be charming to hear.

Boys and Girls, Come Out to Play

Boys and Girls, Come Out to Play

Illustration from 'A Book of Nursery Rhymes'

Boys and girls, come out to play,
The moon doth shine as bright as day.

Leave your supper, and leave your sleep,
And come with your playfellows into the street,
Come with a whoop, come with a call,
Come with a good will or not at all.

Up the ladder and down the wall,
A halfpenny roll will serve us all;
You find milk, and I’ll find flour,
And we’ll have a pudding in half-an-hour.

Brow Bender

Brow Bender

Illustration from 'A Book of Nursery Rhymes'

Brow bender,
Eye peeper,
Nose smeller,
Mouth eater,
Chin chopper.

Knock at the door,
Peep in;
Lift up the latch,
Walk in.

Buzz and Hum

Buzz and Hum

Illustration by Charles Robinson

Buzz, quoth the blue fly,
Hum quoth the bee,
Buzz and hum they cry,
And so do we:
In his ear, in his nose, thus, do you see?
He ate the dormouse, else it was he.

Bye, Baby Bunting

Bye, Baby Bunting

Illustration by Charles Robinson

Bye, Baby Bunting,
Father’s gone a hunting,
To get a little rabbit skin
To wrap the Baby Bunting in.

More Mother Goose rhymes

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