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  • Writer's pictureR.C. Chizhov

Rhyming in Children's Picture Books

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

With the recent release of my rhyming picture book series, Emu Town Stories, I’ve received several questions related to rhyme: What meter did you follow? Did you count syllables? Did your head spin with stressed and unstressed syllables?

Humbled by the response Emu Town Stories has received, I’m sharing some of the rhyme dos and don’ts that I’ve learned in my writing journey. Thank you for reading!

(Disclaimer: This is by no means an exhaustive list of rhyming rules for picture books, so please do your research. Rhyme is complex and has many facets. Like in everything else in life, there are always exceptions to rules.)


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