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Writing in Rhyme: Learn from the Best!

Do you write picture books in rhyme? Writing in rhyme is hard and you often hear editors say that they don’t like it because it’s often done so badly.

So, what DOES make for a good rhyming picture book?

2017 Best in Rhyme Award

Fortunately, there’s a picture book award just for rhyming books, and the Top 20 books of the year have just been announced.
2017 Best in Rhyme Awards List | MimsHouse.com

  • CAPTAIN BLING’S CHRISTMAS PLUNDERby Rebecca Colby
  • DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS by Diana Murray
  • GRIMELDA AND THE SPOOKTACULAR PET SHOW by Diana Murray
  • EVERYBUNNY DANCE by Ellie Sandall
  • NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE by Adam Rex
  • MONSTERS NEED TO SLEEP by Lisa Wheeler
  • SANTA’S GIFT by Angie Karcher
  • TRAINS DON’T SLEEP by Andria Rosembaum
  • THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH by Josh Funk
  • LOVE IS by Diane Adams
  • GRANDMA’S TINY HOUSE: A COUNTING STORY by JaNay Brown-Woods
  • MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • THE POMEGRANATE WITCH by Denise Doyen
  • MONSTER’S NEW UNDIESby Samantha Berger
  • READY, SET, BUILD by Meg Fleming
  • LITTLE EXCAVATOR by Anna Dewdney
  • TWINDERELLA by Corey Rosen Schwartz
  • FLASHLIGHT NIGHT by Matt Forest Esenwine
  • THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE by Danna Smith
  • HOOT AND HONK by Leslie Helakoski

  • Best in Rhyme Rubric

    What you really want to see, though, is the Best in Rhyme Rubric. This is the judging criteria for the award. It’s a simple form that you can apply to YOUR writing. It’s provided as a Google Doc form that you can download. It includes categories for plot, character, rhyme, rhyming pattern, meter, appeal, theme, language, and sentence fluency.

    How do your rhyming stories stack up?

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