We're taking a look at nursery rhyme origin stories. Some are weird, some are racist, and some are downright creepy.
New or traditional, upbeat or relaxing, nursery rhyme books have been a staple of reading aloud to children for centuries. Find the best now, like Lullaby (For A Black Mother) by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Sean Qualls.
Some nursery rhymes have such strange messages, it's easy to speculate about their meanings. We look at some possible origin stories and make up our own.
A teacher writes about nursery rhymes as great conversation starters for the four-year-old set, and lists 5 alternative nursery rhyme collections and retellings.