Friday, April 10, 2015

Rhyming Picture Books

I've been reading rhyming picture books this week.
Here are some of my Friday favorites.

Tadpole Rex 
by Kurt Cyrus

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the descriptive words used:

goop, whopping big,
bloop, bloop, bloop
soup, mud, wallow,
floop, fleep, gulp
bone crunching chompers

The Voyage of Turtle Rex
by Kurt Cyrus

Some fun word phrases in this book are:

a tumble of specks
sploosh went the waves
fizz went the foam
swish went the flippers
swung like a compass

I also read:
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Strickland and
How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

What makes a fun picture book?
Rhymes, of course.
But, also, the rhythm has to be right on.
And, you should think a lot about your choice of words and phrases. Make the words sing on the page. If you notice, the author used really fun words and phrases in the above books.

When reading a good rhyming book, the words should flow off your tongue with ease.

And last, but not least, you have to have a good story.

Want to write a rhyming book?
Practice, practice, practice!
It takes a lot of work and rewriting to make it appear as if it was easy to write.

But most of all, have fun doing it!

We are having fun at RhyPiBoMo this month. Go check it out if you like writing and reading picture books.



  1. Thx for blogging about your favorite rhyming picture books! Great choices!

  2. Nice choices. My absolute favorite in the last year or so is Little Chicken Duck. Check it out. Thanks for the post.

    1. Hi Rosi. I've never read that one before, I'll have to look it up.

  3. I love picture books and rhymes. I haven't read the ones you mentioned in your post- so I will have to check them out. :)


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