A Note on Rhyme

– avoid lazy typical rhymes: sprocket/rocket not cat/hat. 

– avoid rear rhymes: rain/again. round/cloud 

– avoid forced rhymes (Would you have written the story the same way in prose? Don’t let the rhyme take you hostage!) 

– choose a rhythm/ meter and be consistent 

Writing in rhyme is hard, but it can and is being done very well! 

However, there are other ways of making your text fun to read aloud. These include; 

Rhythm: Think ‘Iris and Isaac’ (Catherine Rayner) 

‘Iris had wriggled and nudged, and shoved his big bottom straight back out! 
In, out, wriggle, shove, until…’ 

Repetition: ‘If All the World Were’ (Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys) 

Snappy dialogue and onomatopoeia: ‘Supertato’ (Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet) 

Puns: ‘AdoraBULL’ (by Alison Donald and Alex Whilmore) 

‘Alfred and Tom were completely and utterly …adorabull!’ 

Tongue twisters; …anything by Dr Seuss! 

Assonance: similar sounding consonants ‘A Town by the Sea’ (by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith) 

‘It’s so sunny today. The sea is sparkling.’ 

Alliteration: repetitive consonants: ‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits’ (by Clare Helen Welsh and Sophia Touliatou) 

‘Mischievous, squeaky, sneaky pirate mice!’ 
‘Hauling and heaving… towing and tugging…’ 

A picture book might only have 300-500 words, so make every word count. They should be the very BEST words.