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
  1. CAPTAIN BLING’S CHRISTMAS PLUNDERby Rebecca Colby

  2. DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS by Diana Murray

  3. GRIMELDA AND THE SPOOKTACULAR PET SHOW by Diana Murray

  4. EVERYBUNNY DANCE by Ellie Sandall

  5. NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE by Adam Rex

  6. MONSTERS NEED TO SLEEP by Lisa Wheeler

  7. SANTA’S GIFT by Angie Karcher

  8. TRAINS DON’T SLEEP by Andria Rosembaum

  9. THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH by Josh Funk

  10. LOVE IS by Diane Adams

  11. GRANDMA’S TINY HOUSE: A COUNTING STORY by JaNay Brown-Woods

  12. MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker

  13. THE POMEGRANATE WITCH by Denise Doyen

  14. MONSTER’S NEW UNDIESby Samantha Berger

  15. READY, SET, BUILD by Meg Fleming

  16. LITTLE EXCAVATOR by Anna Dewdney

  17. TWINDERELLA by Corey Rosen Schwartz

  18. FLASHLIGHT NIGHT by Matt Forest Esenwine

  19. THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE by Danna Smith

  20. 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?