Saturday, October 6, 2012

Writing Rhyming Children’s Books

The children's book market is huge and many writers are drawn into this genre for a variety of different reasons. It is generally considered to be easier to break into the children's market and the demand for these books is quite high. They are often as much fun to write as they are to read.

Rhyming books are most popular. The art of proper rhyme escapes most writers. There are a few things to remember before you start writing a rhyming book. In order to create a story with a chance of being published, follow these tips.

Remember your audience. Children love rhyming books and tend to remember stories better when they rhyme. However, you need to create rhymes for children – not for adults. This is one of the biggest mistakes fledgling children's writers make. Think back to the books you enjoyed as a child. Read them again and discover what drew your interest.

Read your book out loud. Most children's books are written to be read aloud and this is an important step in the development process. If you have children of your own, you can use them as your test audience. If not, see if you can read your story to a friend's child or ask your local library if they will allow you to hold a reading of your book for a children's hour. Watch their faces and see how they react to your story. This is a great way to find trouble spots and work them out before sending your book to a publisher.

Remember your meter. The key to writing rhymes children can’t get out of their head is meter. Your verses should be evenly weighted and rhymes should not be forced.


  1. Is this still live?

    I have a number of rhyming manuscripts I'd love to have published.

    1. I can help you self-publish your manuscripts.


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