I love reading rhyming books to my children. One of the reasons is they are fast to read and who doesn't love a quick book at bedtime when you'd like the day to be over!
Obviously rhyming books are also really fun to read, and they have all sorts of benefits for children learning to read. I wrote about how rhyming helps our children read for Kidspot in this article: LINK.
When I started out with the seed of an idea for my books, rhyme seemed to make the most sense and it lent itself to the style I was writing. What I learnt is that good rhyme is REALLY HARD to write! And it's not just the rhymes you need to nail, it's the rhythm and flow.
We've all read bad rhyming books, and they jar. They make us stumble over our words. They force us to put emphasis on the wrong syllable to make the stanza flow. So, next time you read a rhyming book that flows, that seems like a simple and easy story, remember to achieve that, the author put in damn hard work!
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