“May It Bring Joy Back To You”

One of the wonderful things about Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month event was the Guest Blogger series. Thirty-five stellar children’s authors and poets participated, from Lee Bennett Hopkins to Jane Yolen.

It was like Christmas for 35 days straight, with a different gift to unwrap from a new author each morning. For example, these words from novelist Helen Frost’s guest post:

“Do keep looking for just the right words and images; don’t quit too soon; and when you’ve worked hard and written a poem that pleases you, send it off to a contest or to an editor. Let it offer its wisdom to the world, and may it bring joy back to you!”

Rhyme Ready

Today is Day 3 of Rhyming Picture Book Month, and I’m already dreaming in rhyme. Registration is open through April 16, if you want to, also.

‘Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs,’ written by Linda Ashman and beautifully illustrated by Lauren Stringer, was my book of the day yesterday for RhyPiBoMo. It’s a slower-paced concept book about the many types of homes where animals and people live. The language is rhythmic and full of rich imagery.

Rhyming picture books aren’t all rollicking, high-energy blockbusters. The pace and rhythm can vary a lot, as well as the subject matter. Since I love books about the natural world, ‘Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs’ was a fun discovery yesterday.