Should you write your picture book in rhyme?
Take the following quiz to find out!
1. If you take the rhyme away, do you still have a good story? (With multidimensional characters, a structured plot, good pacing, and a satisfying resolution?)
2. Do your sentences follow normal sentence structure (and not sentence structure used by Old King Cole or Yoda?)
3. Have you avoided forced rhymes or near rhymes?
4. Have you avoided common, one-syllable, predictable rhyme schemes? (cat/hat/rat.)
5. Do you know the following terms: scansion, meter, stressed, unstressed, anapest, iamb, trochee, and dactyl?
6. Have you read and studied hundreds of rhyming picture books?
7. Can you identify the types of rhythms in picture books?
8. Are you in a critique group? Or have you had a professional critique from someone well versed in poetry?
9. Do you practice writing in rhyme consistently?
10. Have you taken a course in poetry/rhyming picture books that will help you answer yes to all of the above?
If you can answer YES to all of the above, then go for it! You are ready to write your picture book in rhyme. If you answered NO to any of the following, then you may want to check out the resources below that will help get you on your way!
Read, Read, Read!
Helpful Articles, Blogs, Websites, and Posts:
Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication Paperback by Ann Whitford Paul http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Picture-Books-Hands-On-Publication/dp/1582975566/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392602226&sr=8-1&keywords=writing+picture+books
The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books by Linda Ashman
Poem Making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston
A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
Rules for the Dance by Mary Oliver
A Poet’s Ear: A Handbook of Meter and Form by Annie Finch
The Poet’s Handbook by Judson Jerome
The Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio
In the Palm of Your Hand by Steve Kowit
Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within by Kim Addonizio
Train Your Ear with Poetry Books:
Douglas Florian: MAMMALABILIA
MaryAnn Hoberman: SEVEN SILLY EATERS
J. Patrick Lewis: THE LITTLE BUGGERS
Alice Schertle: HOW NOW, BROWN COW?
Linda Smith: WHEN MOON FELL DOWN
Janet Wong: GRUMP
Groups to Join:
RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month)
"RhyPiBoMo is a combination of a learning experience and writing challenge...the challenge is to write better rhyme and poetry. I will offer daily lessons, the bloggers will offer daily inspiration and the participants will apply this to their Rhyming Picture Books! Hopefully, each writer will have one RPB ready for submission on May 1st. The Golden Quill Poetry Contest will be open to RhyPiBoMo participants during the event...more details coming soon! Also, Mira Reisberg and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen are doing a webinar on April 30th about their upcoming course...Yay!" - Angie Karcher, Creator of RhyPiBoMo
RhyPiBoMo Mission Statement:
My goal is to guide those aspiring to write rhyme and poetry through the process of learning the craft and offering resources, short lessons, writing prompts and the wisdom of experienced folks in the business to improve the reputation and quality of rhyme and poetry for children.
Children’s Book Academy with Mira Reisberg and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
The Craft and Pleasure of Writing Poetry for Kids starting May 2014!
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.