When is it Time for Rhyme?

On point as an overview and a starting place for writing in rhyme for children.

WRITERS' RUMPUS

by Alli Brydon

pic for blog about verseApril is just around the corner, and it’s National Poetry Month! In honor of good ol’ verse, I wanted to talk about rhyme and meter in picture books.

Back when I was an acquisitions editor working in house at a publisher, I was particularly fond of meter and rhyme in kid’s books when it was done well. I’d be the editor my colleagues would go to with a sticky line of verse. But writers always hear that editors don’t want to see rhyming picture books these days. Editors say, stay away from it. I know that advice bristles a bit, especially for those of us who love to write it and those of us who love to read it aloud (*raises hand enthusiastically*).

This is because good verse in a picture book is a super tough thing to nail. End-rhymes need to feel fresh and exciting, sometimes…

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