nursery rhyme

traditional song or poem for children

A nursery rhyme is a traditional poem or song for children in Britain and many other countries, but usage of the term only dates from the late 18th/early 19th century. The term Mother Goose rhymes is interchangeable with nursery rhymes.From the mid-16th century nursery rhymes begin to be recorded in English plays, and most popular rhymes date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The first English collections, Tommy Thumb's Song Book and a sequel, Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, were published by Mary Cooper in 1744. Publisher John Newbery's stepson, Thomas Carnan, was the first to use the term Mother Goose for nursery rhymes when he published a compilation of English rhymes, Mother Goose's Melody, or, Sonnets for the Cradle (London, 1780).
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The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes

dictionary of nursery rhymes

author: Iona and Peter Opie

1951

Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes

children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter

author: Beatrix Potter
illustrator: Beatrix Potter

1917

Rhymes for the Nursery

1806 book by Jane Taylor

author: Jane Taylor, Ann Taylor

1806

Tommy Thumb's Song Book

book by Nurse Lovechild

author: Nurse Lovechild

1744 or 1788

Yr hwiangerddi

Welsh book

author: Owen Morgan Edwards
illustrator: Winifred Hartley

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