Repetition and Pattern in
Picture Books

Repetition and patterns in picture books help support reading development, comprehension and confidence.

Types of Patterns in Picture Books

Some books are patterned around time periods, such as: days of the week, times of the day, months of the year, or seasons of the year.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Other picture books repeat similar scenes throughout the story with slight variations (changes).

It's an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

Sometimes an author creates a pattern with questions and answers.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

Some picture books repeat words and phrases.

Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak?

Notice any other patterns?


Joosse, Barbara M., Barbara Lavallee, and Brenda Rae. Eno. Mama, Do You Love Me? San Francisco: Chronicle, 1991.

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York: Philomel, 1987.

Sendak, Maurice. Chicken Soup with Rice; a Book of Months. New York: Harper & Row, 1962. Print.

Hall, Michael. It's an Orange Aardvark! New York, NY: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014.

Martin, Bill, and Eric Carle. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? New York: H. Holt, 1992.