April is National Poetry Month!
RhyPiBoMo Registration (Hurry! Ends April 16th )
RhyPiBoMo Facebook Group (for those registered)
And Friday, April 25th at 6:00 pm PST there will be a free webinar!
Mira Reisberg and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallan’s live Webinar
3 Things You Must Know About Writing Rhyming Kids’ Books!
You won’t want to miss this!
And they have a marvelous Poetry class coming up too!
The Craft and Pleasure of Writing Poetry for Kids starting May 2014! Many children's book people have a passion for writing poetry. Here's a fabulous interactive e-Course co-taught with the fabulous Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen teaching you how to do so properly while exploring the many kinds of poetry. More information coming soon.
And speaking of the fabulous Sudipta Bardhan-Quallan, she has had some amazing books come out recently. Two of my favorites are Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! And Snoring Beauty.
I love these books for many reasons, but I especially love the rhyme schemes.
The most common and predictable rhyme scheme is a rhyming couplet. A rhyming couplet is a two-line stanza where the end words rhyme. Dr. Seuss wrote mainly in rhyming couplets.
For example in Green Eggs and Ham
I do not like green eggs and ham. A
I do like them Sam I am. A
I do not like them in a boat. B
I do not like them with a goat. B
I do not like them in a house. C
I do not like them with a mouse. C
While these are perfectly fine to use, I feel that when I read a book that has a totally different rhyme scheme, it makes me love it even more. The rhyming couplet is also what most beginning writers go to. So my suggestion to writers would be give a new rhyme scheme a try.
Lane Frederickson has a fantastic site called Rhyme Weaver, which is all about writing Rhyming Picture Books.
Her definition of Rhyme Scheme:
· A Rhyme Scheme is a pattern that describes where the rhyming words fall within a given stanza or verse. Rhyme Schemes do not tell you anything about Meter or line lengths, they only delineate the number of, and placement of rhymed words.
Let’s take a look at the beginning of Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!
Apatosaurus colors. A
Pterandodon inspects. B
Velociraptor glitters. C
So in this stanza, Sudipta uses ABCB. I also love the short simple sentences: Noun/Verb. Using this kind of structure forces a writer to use a really strong verbs.
Snoring Beauty has a great rhyme scheme!
The night before this wedding day, A
The skies were dark and dreary. B
But in his house, C
A little Mouse C
Was dreaming of his dearie. B
Mouse grinned a goofy little grin, A
And settled in for dozing. B
He needed rest C
To look his best, C
But as his eyes were closing… B
This rhyme scheme is just so much fun to read. Plus, I love that the last line in the second stanza continues on to the next stanza. It really has a way of pulling you forward and turning the page. Very clever!
There are so many different rhyme schemes to try. Take a look at the examples that Lane gives: http://www.writingrhymeandmeter.com/?page_id=2260
So when deciding to write a rhyming picture book, why only limit yourself to a rhyming couplet? Try a new rhyme scheme and see where it takes you!
4/14/2014 10:30:22 am
Thank you for sharing with us, Mandy :) Angie has done such an excellent presentation with RhyPiBoMo. I look forward to the webinar with Mira and Sudipta. Love the fact there is a course coming up with Sudipta!
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