The Power of Voice
Harness your storytelling skills and your love of language to tell your story in the best and most effective way, which could include snappy dialogue, clever word play and techniques to keep the pace across spreads.
A lack of free time, tired parents and a generation of children at home in a digital age, are all things stacked against a literary world. However, books are more important than ever, and writers have the opportunity (and the responsibility to some extent) to create stories that help children make sense of their face-paced world. That being said, texts in the current market have to work extra hard to compete for time, to engage their readers and to keep them turning the pages.
Picture books are designed to be read aloud and there’s nothing quite like a text with rhymes that sing and roll off the tongue. Indeed, rhyming texts are highly regarded…. if you can do rhyme exceptionally well. The industry standard is very high. If you write in rhyme, consider if your story has… rising action? Tension? A climax? An emotional low? A satisfying resolution? Rhyming texts need a full emotional arc, as well as a plot arc, just like they would if they were written in prose. If a story isn’t a good story in prose, it won’t be in rhyme. This is particularly important because rhyme can be tricky to translate into foreign languages and often verse texts are converted into prose when sold abroad. Your text should be as strong in prose as it is in rhyme.