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EDEC 140: Phonics & English Language: Pattern Books  

Instructional Resource Center & AU Library resources to support EDEC 140

Pattern Books - aka Cumulative Tales

What are Cumulative Tales?

Pattern books, also known as cumulative tales or predictable books, present “a narrative that has simple chain-like plot developed through a pattern of repetition in which phrases, objects, or actions are added one to another until the complications are resolved” (Latrobe, p. 49).

“Predictable picture books have a refrain, rhyme scheme, or structure that enables children to ‘read’ the book, even if they are not yet fluent readers. That is, once they have heard the book read aloud or have figured out the pattern, they can join in” (Vardell, p. 46).

Latrobe, K.H., Brodie, C.S., & White, M. (2002). The children’s literature dictionary: Definitions, resources, and learning activities. New York: Neal-Schuman.

Vardell, S.M. (2008). Children’s literature in action: A librarian’s guide. Westport, CT: Libraries, Unlimited.

IRC Pinterest

Looking for Cumulative Tales

Visit the IRC @ AU Library on Pinterest and review a selection of cumulative tales available in the juvenile collection. Call numbers and a catalog link to check availability are included with pin descriptions.

Samples: Cumulative Tales

Reference Resources

Open the pdf, find a title that interests you, and search for it in the library catalog. We don't have every book listed, but you will be able to find a nice assortment of cumulative tales in the library juvenile collection.

Reference Collection

IRC Reference

The following reference titles are available for use in the Instructional Resource Center.