The Rhythm & Rhyme Video Series

 Editors and agents often say that they don’t like rhyming picture books. The reason? Most of the rhyming picture book submissions are poorly done, oftentimes written as a poem but with pictures. The good news is that picture books with rhyme can work, but it takes some effort to get it there.

The Rhythm and Rhyme Video Series will show writers how to do just that—teach you how to write rhyming picture books that agents and editors will clamor to request, but more importantly, books that parents and children will love to read (and re-read, ad nauseum, until both parent and child can recite it from memory, to some parents’ chagrin).

When Rhyme Goes Wrong


Anyone who reads a lot of picture books has undoubtedly stumbled upon this before: The rhyme is almost there, but it’s off enough that it gives you pause, your ear straining to make the sounds fit but it never quite does. Or the text feels a little clunky in places and the pace doesn’t flow smoothly when you read the book aloud to your kids at bedtime, your tongue tripping in enough places that the rhythm feels off. As readers, we notice when something is off, but as writers we don’t always know why it isn’t working, or more importantly, how to fix it.

There are very few Dr. Suesses or Shel Silversteins in the world. For everyone else, there are methods and tricks for making rhyme work and doing it well. 
The three 30-minute video presentations will cover the essential elements of every rhyming text:
  • rhythm
  • meter
  • cadence
  • rhyme
  • rhyme scheme

Each element is broken down in a way that isn’t intimidating and is easy to understand. Even better, you’ll learn how to use these elements to craft rhyming picture books that shine.

If you write picture books but aren’t planning to write in verse, many of the same principles apply to writing a good picture book in general, especially if there is a rhythm or cadence to the text, even if it isn’t a traditional rhyme.

While the videos geared toward picture books, the principles taught apply to most types of verse, so even if you don’t wrote picture books, you can still learn a lot from the videos.