Did you ever think of writing a children’s picture book in rhyme? There are so many of them out there, but how do you write them? Do you just write a poem? I’ve been looking into this and found some information on writing in rhyme for children.
First, have a children’s story idea. It can be what a child is thinking about when he’s supposed to be doing his homework, the vacation he took last year, sled riding or any other thought a child would think. You might write a child’s mystery or maybe a fantasy with unicorns, evil witches, and good wizards. Where do you go from here? Take a sheet of paper from your notebook. Write down words that have something to do with your idea. Leave space under these words. You’re going to need it. Next, write words that rhyme with the words you’ve already written. It doesn’t matter if they stay with the subject at all. You might not use them all. Now, what?
Start with a good hook. That’s right. Just like in any good story written in prose, you have to have a good hook at the beginning. The subject of your rhyming story should be memorable and one your reader will want to revisit. Who doesn’t remember Mary and her lamb? There’s an entire story in that nursery rhyme. Just like a story in prose, use strong adjectives and verbs so your reader can visualize what’s happening. Kids like repetition. Use a meter in your rhyming story. What’s meter?
Meter is the rhythm that’s in every wonderful poem or rhyming story. For more information on meter, please watch this video:
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