100 Scope Notes
December 5, 2021 by Betsy Bird
A plethora of delightful rhyming tales from 2021. From trees to pets, from monkeys to the invention of the traffic light, enjoy!
December 5, 2020 by Betsy Bird
If you're going to commit to rhyming then you better be pretty darn sure of your own abilities. To that end, today I celebrate those picture books that embrace their rhyme schemes to their fullest.
December 5, 2019 by Betsy Bird
The reason I celebrate rhyming picture books on lists like today's is that they have a tough road to hoe. Scansion alone sinks many a vessel. Today, we raise a glass to the books that pull it off and pull it off well. The few. The proud. The successfully rhymed.
December 5, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Oh, Dr. Seuss, what hath thou wrought? Up and coming children’s authors everywhere should be taught one very important lesson before they set fingers to keyboards: Rhyming is a privilege. Not a right. And, quite frankly, not everyone is good at it. There is no pain quite like the pain a librarian feels when they […]
December 5, 2017 by Betsy Bird
This year something struck me about the rhyming picture book crop that usually eludes my notice. I think it’s easy to assume that because a book rhymes, it’s automatically funny. But some of the books on today’s list, like The Road Home or even The Pomegranate Witch, dare to be touching. This begs the question […]
December 5, 2016 by Betsy Bird
If potential authors of picture books are given one piece of advice when they’re first starting out, it tends to be, “For the love of all that’s good and holy DO NOT let your picture books rhyme!!!” And for good reason. Few things in life are quite as painful as poorly rhymed picture books. Too […]
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