Happy RhyPiBoMo Monday!

Good Monday rhymers…I’m glad you came back!

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Everything seems to be running smoothly so far and I appreciate those who read and commented on yesterday’s post already. My blog had nearly 850 hits and that’s a record for me! Woo Hoo!

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Okay…raise your hand if you were a party animal last night? Yes, I planned an impromptu Posting Party from Midnight until 1 a.m. for the wild and crazy night owls in our Facebook Group. It was complete and utter rhyming mania, as I posed questions concerning the blog, myself and this event to the partiers and they searched frantically for the answers on-line. The kicker was that they had to respond with their comment in RHYME. Yes, it was hilarious and complete mayhem. SO fun and a great way to kick off this rhyming event

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I have planned the next Rhyming Party for Sunday, April 6th at 12:00 noon, Central Time. I will try to host parties at different times so everyone can participate at some point throughout the month, as we have rhymers from all over the globe! The Aussie ladies dominated the wins last night! Way to go!  Be there with your rhyming brains plugged in and hold on tight! I will announce the winners of this week’s daily prizes on Sunday.

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Here is the link to the Party post. You must read it! It’s so funny!

https://www.facebook.com/angie.karcher.3/posts/317292251758002:0

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RhyPiBoMo Rhyming Party

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The biggest request now is for joining a critique group. We are no longer organizing groups but you may click the “Need a Facebook Group” tab above to locate other writers looking for a critique group too.

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Here is the link to find a critique group:
https://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/need-a-critique-group/

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Now, for the reason you are here…I am pleased to introduce one of my favorite authors. She was one of the first rhyming authors I met when attending an SCBWI Conference in Indiana, many years ago. I was inspired to keep doing what I do because of Lisa and her brilliant books.

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So, without further ado, I’m honored to present today’s
Golden Quill Guest Blogger
Lisa Wheeler!

           Rhypibomo Guest Blogger Badge                      Lisa Wheeler 1

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Lisa will soon be teaching rhyme to a very lucky group of writers. She has an upcoming workshop at Highlights! I am pleased to share the information about this great opportunity.

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Rhymes with Reason April 11 – 13 2014
Highlights Foundation Workshop
You can master the technique of writing rhyming picture book texts with award-winning authors Linda Sue Park and Lisa Wheeler, April 11-13, 2014

For more information, visit http://www.highlightsfoundation.org, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192, e-mail jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org.

Please feel free to share this e-mail with others who might have an interest or to include the information in blog posts or through other social networking forums.
The Highlights Foundation is a public, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. We dedicate our efforts to connecting, nurturing, and inspiring children’s book writers and illustrators.

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And now, Lisa’s words of wisdom…

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I can write in rhyme all day.
I can rhyme each word I say.
I can do it day and night.
I can rhyme my words just right.

But does anyone want to hear it?
No.
Read it?
Doubtful.

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There is nothing interesting or magical about the lines above. Yes, they rhyme. But if all it took to write a rhyming picture book was rhyming end lines, more people would make a successful career of it.

One of my pet peeves in rhyming picture books is when an author uses rhyming end words but fails to make their words poetry. (As in the above example.) Rhyming picture books –and children!–deserve so much more.

Whether they are written in rhyme or in prose, picture books are meant to be read aloud. To make the experience all the more enjoyable, picture books should have a flow to them. Poetry also has a flow and is meant to be read aloud. The two go hand-in-hand.

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Compare this, from my book Castaway Cats, to the rhyming lines above:
On an island
in the ocean
near the land of Singapore,
midst a storm of great proportion,
fifteen cats were washed ashore.

Water dripped from wilted whiskers.
Sea salt stung exotic eyes.
Fifteen felines felt quite fearful;
each had used up several lives.

In this example, you will find not only rhyming end lines, but also a few poetic devices and a lilting rhythm that mimics the tide.

Think about it. No one enjoys listening to text books being read aloud–okay, mostly no one. (I am sure there is the rare individual who loves to listen to text books.) If the language is dry, stilted or drones on and on, it fails to surprise and delight the listener.

Primarily when we read picture books aloud, we are reading to children. A well-written picture book should entertain and also instill a love of language into the child. So if that picture book happens to be a rhyming one, what do we hope it will contain besides a wonderful story?

Look at the language. Does the author use alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia? How about hyperbole, puns, simile and metaphor? Does the meter match the mood of the piece?

Writing rhyming picture books is like building a house of cards–one false move and it all collapses. As rhymers, it is our job to make the reading seamless.

The next time you sit down to work on your story, remember that rhyming end lines are not poetry. That is a great place to start revising and making your work as strong as it can possibly be.

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Bio:
Lisa Wheeler is the author of 33 children’s books including Pet Project:Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses and Dino-Wrestling. Her awards include The Michigan Mitten, Texas Bluebonnet, and the Theodore Geisel Honor given by the American Library Association. Lisa shares her Michigan home with one husband, one dog, and an assortment of anthropomorphic characters.

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These are a few of Lisa’s recent books.

Dino wrestling

 

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Check out Lisa’s website at: http://www.lisawheelerbooks.com

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Thank you Lisa Wheeler!

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RhyPiBoMo Daily Lesson: Monday March 31st
By Angie Karcher © 2014

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Are You a Professional Poet?

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I recently had a well-respected agent tell me that if I was going to write in rhyme then I needed to be a professional poet. It stunned me at first, as I never thought of myself as a professional poet although I have been writing in rhyme for years, I’ve been paid for my poetry and it has been published. Does that make me a professional poet?

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Poet image

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I asked her to describe a professional poet…she said a poet is someone who writes and reads poetry nearly every day. They belong to poetry organizations, poetry critique groups and Facebook groups. They study poetry in different forms and continue their education through courses in writing poetry.

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Hmmm…I fall into a few of these categories but have decided that I am far from a professional poet. That being said, it is something that is attainable if I am willing to pursue this goal. I am.

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Why should we strive to be a professional poet if we want to write rhyming picture books? Being a professional, in any capacity means putting in the time and effort to improve yourself and your skills…becoming an expert in your field of choice. If you truly want to write in rhyme, then I suggest that you at least consider studying poetry.

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Definition of Poetry: an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response.
http://contemporarylit.about.com/cs/literaryterms/g/poetry.htm

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Now, doesn’t this sound like something you want in your writing

even if you aren’t a poet?

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I do!

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Obviously, poetry doesn’t have to rhyme and formal and free verse poetry can equally evoke an emotional response. For the sake of this writing challenge, we will focus on rhyming poetry.
The more we study language, the more we understand how best to use it to express, explain and exude emotion. So the study of poetry is one step on the stairway to becoming a professional writer.

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Let’s say for a moment that you don’t write in rhyme
and you don’t write poetry.
What do you prefer listening to and reading or…singing…or dancing to?
Let’s find out.

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Dancing girl

This is one verse from the “Do Wah Diddy” song
written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich,
originally recorded in 1963 by the American vocal group the Exciters.

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(Try reading this without adding the tune! It’s nearly impossible for me!)

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There she was just a-walkin’ down the street
singin’ do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do
snappin’ her fingers and shufflin’ her feet
singin’ do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do

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Lyrics to the entire song

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http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/moffatts/dowahdiddydiddy.html

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YouTube music video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob7XDxPtS8Q

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Of course this is a song, but it’s also Poetry. I apologize in advance that you will be singing this song all day in your head. It’s fun, catchy, silly, and visual. I can see her moving, dancing, snapping, shuffling and singing, all at the same time.

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or…

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Do you prefer this version?

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There she was walking down the street
singing, snapping her fingers and shuffling her feet.

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Hmmm… That’s it?

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This version is bland, emotionless and boring. It tells the same story. All the details are there. What’s missing? The fun, clever, catchy words!

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The magic!

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I’m sure you won’t be repeating this second verse in your head today!

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It rhymes but is it poetry? That’s questionable. I say no. Just because it rhymes doesn’t mean it’s poetic or worth reading and remembering.

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This is like a bad rhyming picture book. It has no rhythm, no pattern and no jazz!

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I can’t imagine a world without poetry, alliteration, rhythm or rhyme. The “do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do” part gives this poem life! It brings the words jumping and dancing off the page and into your heart and soul.

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That is GREAT Poetry!
That is what we are after!

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Bad poetry cartoon

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Rhyming Picture Book Month is about writing in rhyme but honestly, that is such a small piece of the puzzle! You must learn the process and continue to write a quality picture book, with all the requirements that non-rhyming books need and…now add in all the things that good poetry needs! It is a tricky and very difficult combination of both of these efforts that makes a rhyming picture book successful.

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You must have all the ingredients to your rhyming picture book

cake or it will fall flat and no one will eat it!

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If you look at the calendar of daily lessons you will notice that the first three weeks are dedicated to writing and studying poetry. Once you have a good foundation of poetry writing, then you can apply that to the rules of picture book writing. As April only has 30 days, I decided to focus our work in this way. I really needed May and June too! LOL

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I hope this hasn’t scared you off. But, if you are not comfortable with writing poetry then rhyming picture books may not be for you. I respect that and understand completely if you decide to bow out now. It does come easier to some, more than others…so some of us must work much harder to get the hang of it!

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How will you ever know if poetry is for you if you never try to write it?

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If you are up to this challenge than stick with us this month and together, we

will learn how to write brilliant rhyme and singing poetry!

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We survived two days of rhyming/poetry and we are still breathing.
Keep breathing and smile!
             

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Here is a list of some well-respected Professional Poetry Organizations
Check them out, visit their websites, sign up for newsletters and blogs!

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http://www.poetryfoundation.org/
http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/poetry/resources/litorgs/
http://www.poets.org/
http://www.pw.org/content/literary_organizations
http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Literature/Poetry/Organizations/
http://www.nfsps.com/
http://litline.org/links/organizations.html
http://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=34.0 Blueboard Poetry Sec.

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I apologize if I missed any other awesome poetry groups or organizations!

If so, please leave a comment below and I will add it.

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QUOTE DAY 2

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Write down the words to one of your favorite songs and analyze the rhyme, rhythm and choice and patterns of words.

 

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Okay, now do everything else on the pledge for today and don’t forget to comment on today’s blog post!

RhyPiBoMo Pledge

Please comment ONLY ONE TIME below for a chance to win today’s prize!

Prizes will be drawn by Random.com next Sunday for the previous week.
To be eligible for a prize you must be a registered participant and
comment after each days lessons.

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Rhyming Picture Book Month Starts Today!!!!

Rhyming Picture Book Month Starts Today!     Day 1

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Can you believe it’s time for RhyPiBoMo? I Can’t!

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I am SO glad you are here! Thank you for all the support over the past few months! You guys rocked the Facebook Group with nearly 180 members as of today!

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You BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN with the Critique Groups as we have 9 groups with 8 people in each!  That’s a lot of rhyme and poetry being perfected! Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting people into the critique groups on Facebook as Dawn and I need to focus now on the event.

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If you are still looking for a critique group please click the tab above that says “Need a Critique Group.” Follow the directions and then you can add your name and email address to the comment section there. Hopefully, you will find a critique group or partner there.

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Unfortunately, we can not help facilitate those groups as we are running the ones on Facebook and with the event starting, it would be too overwhelming and time consuming.

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As of today we have 148 writers registered for RhyPiBoMo. Don’t forget…if you are not registered go to:

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https://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/rhypibomo-registration/

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and register right now! Registration closes at midnight on April 16th. You will not be eligible for daily prizes or the poetry contest if you are not registered for the event.

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But, mostly I want to thank you for your dedication to writing rhyming picture books and poetry for children. They are the ones who will benefit from April 2014!

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I will caution you in advance…I am a new blogger, only 3 months old  in blogger years, so that’s like a 3 month old baby. I will do my best to keep all this running smoothly!

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Please bear with me and I apologize in advance for typos, strange things appearing on the blog and mostly for the spacing of my text. If my internet shuts down I promise to find the nearest wifi friendly hangout and post asap! I don’t have a clue how to write code so if my paragraphs are spaced by these cute little asterisks * it’s because my spacing is being weird and I don’t have time to figure it out.  It’s not why we are here…It’s really not my thing! Rhyme and poetry are my thing! Thank you in advance for your understanding!

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So, without further ado, I’m honored to present

our first

Golden Quill Guest Blogger

Kevan Atteberry!

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Rhypibomo Guest Blogger Badge           Kevan Atteberry 1

In honor of Kevan’s adorable bunny ears and spring-like attire, I am writing his post in purple!

Kevan graciously agreed to participate after I saw his awesome cartoon on Facebook about writing in rhyme. I am thrilled to tell you that Kevan is working on several manuscripts, some in rhyme and some not, but he does have a 2 book deal coming out in January called BUNNIES!!! from Katherine Tegan Books.

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He is illustrating both books and the second book that is currently untitled will come out in January of 2016.  I fell in love with Kevan’s Monsters and I am thrilled to have him here!

 

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Here is his hilarious cartoon that I can totally relate to…

 

 

Kevan Atteberry 2

To be terse,
being versed in verse
is a curse.

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My tendency towards rhyme and alliteration when I write is, I’m certain, the number one obstacle between me and the bestsellers list. No matter how I try when writing, my mind wants to rhyme things and repeat sounds. Sometimes (most of the time) they are quick ditties, 4 lines, 8 lines, quick, fun to say, fun to repeat vignettes. Occasionally, one of those will stretch out to a book length story. When they do, no matter how much I love it, an inner voice—or an outer voice, I’m not sure—will chastise me for torturing a fun little rhyme into something arduous. Even if it is not arduous. The voice will insist that I try rewriting it as prose. No matter how I try, I nearly always like the rhyming version better. Which should be okay, right? I mean, I write picture books for crying out loud. And no matter how often they warn us that editors do not want to see rhyming stories, all you have to do is go into any children’s section of a bookstore and take note of all the face out or featured picture books and you’ll see that is a myth. So. Screw it. I’m gonna do it.

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Bio:

Kevan is an illustrator/writer living in the Seattle area. He has been drawing since he was knee-high to a crayon. He has designed and illustrated many things including award-winning children’s books. His biggest claim to fame is creating Clippy the paperclip helper in Microsoft Office which still annoys millions of people every day.

Kevan Atteberry 3   We all know who Clippy is and he is totally not annoying!

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More amazing images of Kevan’s…

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Kevan Atteberry 7Please visit:

http://oddisgood.com

Thank you Kevan Atteberry!

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RhyPiBoMo Daily Lesson:Sunday March 30th

By Angie Karcher © 2014

Lesson 1

 

 

These daily lessons are broken up into different categories of poetry at first and then later in the month we will venture over into picture book writing. Remember, everything you must do to write a picture book in prose must now be done while following lots of rhyme and poetry rules. We will go step by step through the various parts of poetry explaining each in detail. As this is my first time writing these lessons, I am learning what works and what will work better for next year. I already have a list of things I will change. Please keep a list of suggestions and I will ask for these at the end of the event! We learn best from our mistakes! = )

Here we go!

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Are You a Versifier?

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Definition of versifier:
noun: a writer who composes rhymes; a maker of poor verses
(usually used as terms of contempt for minor or inferior poets) (Rhymezone.com)

 

Versifier circle

 

A versifier is someone who writes the stinky poetry that editors hate. Versifiers give rhyme a bad name. RhyPiBoMo is about being brutally honest about what works and what doesn’t. This is like Rhyming Picture Book Boot Camp! Grrr… Professional writers for children know that writing a successful picture book takes years of dedication to the process. Get your B.I.C “Butt in chair,” as our wonder-poet Jane Yolen says.

Butt in Chair

If you want to be a successful children’s picture book author, first, be a successful student of writing. You must master punctuation, sentence structure, elimination of passive voice, writing drafts, revising, re-writing, hook, story arc, voice, characters, plot, and, and, and…
Basically, you MUST be a prolific picture book writer before you ever think about writing in rhyme!

This is a book I found very helpful when learning how to write picture books!

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WRITING PICTURE BOOKS by Ann Whitford Paul
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Picture-Books-Hands-On-Publication/dp/1582975566

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This was a blog I came across in my research and found it very helpful and easily understood. It is a post written on the Writetodone Blog by Tara Lazar called 6 Tips on Writing Picture Books.

Please read her words of wisdom now.

Writetodone.com Mary Jaksch, Chief Editor: writetodone

http://writetodone.com/six-best-tips-writing-childrens-picture-books/

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This was the comment I added at the end of that blog post.

My comment:
“Tara, Thanks for sharing how most folks think writing for kids is a breeze! Many of these same jovial people think that writing in rhyme is equally breezy! The breezy part is really how quickly the rejection letters fly into the mailboxes of those blissful writers.
Being a wonderful, professional, well-read writer must come first. And then…if you can stand on one foot, rub your tummy, pat your head and whistle Dixie backwards…only then should you consider writing in rhyme. Because a rhyming picture book, when well written, is done with hours of dedication to rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, scansion, and magic…all after the PERFECT story arc is complete.”
So, first follow Tara’s tips 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6. Then, if you are confident in your balancing ability on one foot…go for the rhyme and make it sing!

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So…here is the RhyPiBoMo Challenge!

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If you are ready to work incredibly hard, read HUNDREDS of rhyming picture books, study poetry, take classes in writing poetry and rhyme, join a rhyme/poetry critique group, read and write poetry every day then you are ready for RhyPiBoMo.

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Are you a Versifier?

Let’s find out if you are a Versifier!

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QUIZ

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Thanks to Mandy Yates from Mondays with Mandy and Mira for sharing this brilliant insight with us on whether you are ready to write in rhyme.

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http://www.childrensbookacademy.com/4/post/2014/02/resources-for-writing-rhyming-picture-books.html

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Take the following quiz to find out!

1. If you take the rhyme away, do you still have a good story? (With multidimensional characters, a structured plot, good pacing, and a satisfying resolution?)

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2. Do your sentences follow normal sentence structure (and not sentence structure used by Old King Cole or Yoda?)

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3. Have you avoided forced rhymes or near rhymes?

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4. Have you avoided common, one-syllable, predictable rhyme schemes? (cat/hat/rat.)

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5. Do you know the following terms: scansion, meter, stressed, unstressed, anapest, iamb, trochee, and

dactyl? (And no…this is not a dinosaur!)

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6. Have you read and studied hundreds of rhyming picture books?

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7. Can you identify the types of rhythms in picture books?

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8. Are you in a critique group? Or have you had a professional critique from someone well versed in poetry?

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9. Do you practice writing in rhyme consistently?

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10. Have you taken a course in poetry/rhyming picture books that will help you answer yes to all of the above?

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If you can answer YES to all of the above, then go for it! You are ready to write your picture book in rhyme.

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If you answered NO to any of the following, then take the RhyPiBoMo Pledge and together we will learn to write brilliant rhyme and singing poetry.

 

Quote Walt Whitman

 

Today’s Writing Prompt: Make a list of the reasons why you want to write in rhyme!  We will refer to this list later this week.

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Okay, now do everything else on the pledge for today and don’t forget to comment on today’s blog post!

 

RhyPiBoMo Pledge

Please comment ONLY ONE TIME below for a chance to win today’s prize!

Prizes will be drawn by Random.com next Sunday for the previous week.

To be eligible for a prize you must be a registered participant and
comment after each days lessons.

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Wasn’t this fun! I’ll see you tomorrow!

                      ~ Angie

It’s Tuesday…5 days to go and counting!

Are you in a Critique Group?

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3/29/14

UNFORTUNATELY OUR CRITIQUE GROUPS HAVE

CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR DUE TO AN

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE!

We have 72 people in 9 critique groups on Facebook.

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We can no longer facilitate critique groups. If you are still in need of a group…

Go to the tab above that says “Need A Critique Group?”

You will be able to connect, on your own, with others there

who are looking for a critique group.

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This is the RhyPiBoMo Pledge that you have agreed to

as a participant of the event. Please notice #5.

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RhyPiBoMo Pledge#5 on the Pledge is: To write and/or revise a rhyming picture book and submit it to be critiqued by a rhyming critique group or a rhyming editor by the end of April.

 

Here are some tips for critiquing someone’s manuscript…

When doing a critique… Don’t be afraid to comment if you read a line and it just doesn’t flow or scan. Even if you don’t know how to fix it or what the writer should do, let them know that that line was sticky and needs some more work.

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You don’t have to have all the answers. In fact, you don’t have to have any of the answers on how to fix it. We just need to be a sounding board and a safe place for writers to test their work. You will know if something feels off or doesn’t read smoothly or if something doesn’t seem oriented for kids…The author needs to hear this.

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What is NOT helpful to an author:

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“I love, love, love this rhyming picture book so much and I can’t wait until you get it published so I can read it to my grandchildren!” *

“Everything is perfect and there isn’t anything I would change.” *

“All your ending words rhyme so I guess this is a good rhyming picture book.” *

“Your characters are glowing with joy and exuberance for life and I wish I’d have written this book.” *

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“I really liked your story. You are such a good writer that I can’t find anything wrong anywhere.”

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These are all very nice comments but what the writer needs to hear and why you are in a critique group is to hear what is working, but mostly what isn’t working.

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“I loved your hook! It really grabbed me but the rhyme scheme in the first stanza is a little off.” *

“I think your choice of rhyming words is great in the first half of the manuscript but they seem to be less effective as you go down the page.” *

“Maybe try a few 2 syllable words to add some jazz to it.” *

“I think your rhyme and rhythm is very good but you lost me when you said that they started giggling. That didn’t seem to go with the rest of your story about burying your dead goldfish.” *

Be specific! Be direct yet kind! Be honest! But most importantly, be dedicated to your group. If you can’t turn your manuscript in on time, please let the group know ASAP and when they can expect it. *

If you can’t keep up, please drop out and ask to re-join when life slows down. We completely understand that life, family and even our day jobs must come first. This is only fair to your group and will free up a spot for someone else. *

Crit group image 1

Courtesy of Wayne E. Pollard 2013 (C)

May you write brilliant rhyme and singing poetry and if you don’t…may someone in your new critique group catch it and let you know before you send it off to an editor! And…don’t change critique groups!

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6 days and counting down to the big month of RHYME!

It’s Monday…

I can’t believe we get started in 6 days! Panic and excitement are starting to set in.
I have had the kindest, sweetest, most wonderful comments from you all thanking me for doing this, telling me how excited you are and how you have been going to the library to collect your rhyming books, organizing desks, house cleaning and getting things done this week so you can fully commit next month! I am overwhelmed with happiness! But, you must know that I am as excited as you are!

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So, as I stared into my office with a grimace this morning, looking around at all the “stuff” that had migrated there, I realized it was time I move out of the living room and find my desk…so I got busy cleaning.

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My office is a small, spare bedroom where my youngest daughter used to live. Once my oldest daughter left for college last August, I swooped in and claimed it, moving daughter #2 into daughter #1’s bigger bedroom. She was happy, I was happy, daughter #1…not so much! With 6 people in a family, I declared that there shall not be a spare bedroom sitting empty when I needed an office! No democracy here!

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Now, it’s a spare bedroom/office/art studio/catch all. But, for the month of April, I have reclaimed my space!
I thought I’d share a few pictures of my newly organized writing den…I don’t know about you all but when I organize…I want to keep gazing at it. So I thought I’d let you share in the gazing too! Look away if you don’t have time to organize…we all understand and won’t judge you!

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This is my writing desk. It’s an antique buffet that my mother had for years and I claimed it when she moved into a nursing home a year ago.  It’s very old and on it’s 10th life, I imagine.

 

Office 1

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This is my childhood desk with way too many mementos but I am a total sap for meaningful nicknacks…my husband calls it junk. I tell him it’s an I Spy on my desk. Why does he put up with me?

Office 2

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So…I Spy…

Can you find my Cowboy Jones Bobble head doll, my favorite cartoon painting of myself by Meg miller, my childhood bedroom doorknob, my “Good Things” Jar, a top that was mine when I was very young, Kit, the American Girl’s tiny typewriter that I stole when my girls outgrew AG Dolls, my favorite Walt Disney quote and my great-grandmother’s cuckoo clock. These are a few of my favorite things !

Office 3

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This is an antique chest of drawers that holds all my art and craft stuff. It goes with a 4 poster bed that was slept in by Charles Lindbergh. When and where, I don’t know, but that’s the story. It’s very old and I love it.

Office 4

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This is Lucy lounging on the daybed.

 

 

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This is Gracie guarding the books…

 

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These are the picture books and resource books that I pulled out for April. I have tons more books on shelves here and there but I gathered my favorite rhyming books and organized them here.

 

Office 5

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The middle shelf holds my all-time favorite books ever written…

If you have not read Helen Frost’s books…you must!

Office 10

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Here are the books I’m reading in April, up close…

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Office 8  Office 9

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Well, this has been a tour of my office. I bet it won’t look this good by the end of April but I hope there will be lots and lots of poems written, picture books read and a rhyming picture book manuscript ready to submit to my new critique group!

 

 

Office 1

This is where I will be the whole month of April!

List of RhyPiBoMo Prizes

1)    You MUST be registered for RhyPiBoMo to be eligible to win.

2)    You MUST comment on the blog post daily for a chance at winning a prize.

Register here:

http://angiekarcher.wordpress.co/rhypibomo-registration/

RhyPiBoMo Pledge

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Donated by:                                                Daily Prizes:

March

30. Kevan Atteberry                      Art quality signed print of his rhyme cartoon  

31. Karma Wilson                          Bear Feels Scared

April

   1.     Karma Wilson                           Who Goes There?

   2.     Liz Garton Scanon                     Choice of Noodle & Lou, Think Big or Happy Birthday Bunny

   3.     Denise Fleming                          Beetle Bop 

   4.     Jackie Hosking                           2 Hour Manuscript Edit

   5.     Denise Fleming                          underGROUND

   6.     Peggy Archer                             Name That Dog

   7.     Dianne De Las Casas                The House That Santa Built

   8.     Marsha Diane Arnold                Roar of a Snore

   9.     Lori Degman                             1 Zany Zoo

   10.  Lori Degman                             Cockadoodle-Doo Oops

   11.  Lori Degman                             Critique

   12.  Susanna L. Hill                          Airplane Flight

   13.  Susanna L. Hill                          Freight Train Trip

   14.  Debbie Diesen                           Book Choice

   15.  Deborah Underwood                 Bad Bye, Good Bye

   16.  Jill Esbaum                                I Hatched

   17.  Helen Frost                                Step Gently Out

   18.  Correy Rosen Schwartz             Critique

   19.  Lisa Wheeler                              Pet Project

   20.  Julie Hedlund                            A Troop is a Group of Monkeys

   21.  Shutta Crum                              Dozens of Cousins

   22.  Kathi Appelt                             My Father’s House

   23.  Kathi Appelt                             Toddler Two-Step

   24.  Rhonda G. Greene                     Barnyard Song

   25.  Jill Esbaum                                Critique

   26.  Rhonda G. Greene                      No Pirates Allowed! Said Liberty Lou

   27.  Margot Finke                             Choice of Rhyming PB from Sneak Peek

   28.  Angie Karcher                           Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford  Paul

   29.  Angie Karcher                           The Making of a Poem:Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms by Strand/Boland

    30.  Angie Karcher                         Take Me to Your BBQ by Duval/McCauley                                              

May              

   1.     Mary Jo.Huff                           Storytellin CD  

   2.     Mary Jo Huff                           Storytellin CD

   3.     Debbie Diesen                         Critique  (due to busy schedule – available this summer)

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RhyPiBoMo Golden Quill Poetry Contest Prizes

First Place

Scholarship for The Craft and Pleasures of Writing Poetry for Kids

Donated by Mira Reisberg and Sudipta Bardhan Quallan                           

 

Second Place

Scholarship for The Lyrical Language Lab: Punching up Prose with Poetry

Donated by Renee La Tulippe                 

 

Third Place

Scholarship for a spot in the Picture Book Magic Course

Donated by Susanna Leonard Hill                     

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Are You Registered for RhyPiBoMo?

This is the list of writers who have registered for RhyPiBoMo as of March 23rd.

RhyPiBoMo Pledge

IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THIS LIST, YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED! You should click this link below and register today!

Registration Link:   https://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/rhypibomo-registration/

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Why register? It will help me greatly in planning for next year’s event and it will make you eligible to win a daily prize! Even if you are not interested in winning a prize, please register so I know how many writers are participating.

PLEASE Put your First and Last Name on the registration form. This will help me a great deal to keep everyone straight and when contacting the prize winners.

This list is updated daily on the RhyPiBoMo Facebook Group Page.  Join us there for lots more information and comaraderie of fellow writers of rhyme and poetry.

Registration ends on April 16th!

RhyPiBoMo Participants who are registered:

Aimee Haburjak

Amm Write3

Amy Moore

Annie Bailey

Barlouca

Becky Fyfe

Buffy Silverman

Carrie Finison

Cecilia Clark

Charlotte Dixon

Charlotte Sheer

Christine M. Irvin

Cindy Breedlove

Cindy Johnson

Corey Schwartz

Cori Pitts

Dani Duck

Danna York

Daryl Gottier

Dawn Young

Deborah Holt Williams

Deirdre Englehart

Donna L. Sadd

Doris K. Stone

Elaine Kiely Kearns

Ellen Leventhal

Heather Greene

Jackie Wellington

Janet Smart

Janie Reinart

Jenifer McNamara

Jennifer B Young

Jennifer Kirkeby

Jill Proctor

Joanne Sher

Judy Rubin

Katey Writes

Kathy Halsey

Katie Gast

Kelly Hochbein

Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Kristen Foote

Kristy Venuskeb

Laura Rackham

Lauri Fortino

Lauri Meyers

Laurie Gray

Leila Nabih

Leslie Gorin

Linda Schueler

Lindsay Bonilla

Lisa Connors

Lori Laniewski

Lori Mozdzierz

Lynn Alpert

Lynn Baldwin

Mandy Yates

Margaret King

Maria Ashworth

Maria J  Cuesta

Maria Oka

Mary Jo Huff

Melanie Ellsworth

Melinda Kinsman

Michele Katz

Michele Norman

Michele Prestininzi

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

Mindy Alyse Weiss

Monica Gudlewski

Nancy Churnin

Nata Artista Donna

Natalie Hooker

Natasha S. Garnett

NatNat Keller

Nicole Busenbark

Pamela Courtney

Patricia Toht

Patti Richards

Pia Garneau

Ramona Davey

Rebecca Colby

Rebecca Woods

Renee LaTulippe

Rhonda Mort

Robert Brantley

Robyn Campbell

SaDonna Heathman

Sandy Perlic

Sara Wolford

Sardy Har

Shari Armstrong

Sharon Lane Holm

Sheri McCrimmon

Sian Ferguson

Sue Frye

Sue Morris

Suzy Leopold

Sydney O’Neill

Tina Mommynificent

Vanessa Hancock

Victoria Warneck

Vivian Kirkfield

W. Sobota

Wendy Greenley

Yvonne Blake

Zainab Khan

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 RhyPiBoMo Madness

Begins on Sunday!

See you in 7 days!

RhyPiBoMo Prizes generously donated by lovers of rhyme and poetry!

2014 RhyPiBoMo Daily Prizes Schedule

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1)    You MUST be registered for RhyPiBoMo to be eligible to win.

2)    You MUST comment on the blog post daily for a chance at winning a prize.

Register here:

http://angiekarcher.wordpress.co/rhypibomo-registration/

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Donated by:                                                Daily Prizes:

March

30. Kevan Atteberry                      Art quality signed print of his rhyme cartoon  

31. Karma Wilson                          Bear Feels Scared

April

   1.     Karma Wilson                           Who Goes There?

   2.     Liz Garton Scanon                     Choice of Noodle & Lou, Think Big or Happy Birthday Bunny

   3.     Denise Fleming                          Beetle Bop 

   4.     Jackie Hosking                           2 Hour Manuscript Edit

   5.     Denise Fleming                          underGROUND

   6.     Peggy Archer                             Name That Dog

   7.     Dianne De Las Casas                The House That Santa Built

   8.     Marsha Diane Arnold                Roar of a Snore

   9.     Lori Degman                             1 Zany Zoo

   10.  Lori Degman                             Cockadoodle-Doo Oops

   11.  Lori Degman                             Critique

   12.  Susanna L. Hill                          Airplane Flight

   13.  Susanna L. Hill                          Freight Train Trip

   14.  Debbie Diesen                           Book Choice

   15.  Deborah Underwood                 Bad Bye, Good Bye

   16.  Jill Esbaum                                I Hatched

   17.  Helen Frost                                Step Gently Out

   18.  Correy Rosen Schwartz             Critique

   19.  Lisa Wheeler                              Pet Project

   20.  Julie Hedlund                            A Troop is a Group of Monkeys

   21.  Shutta Crum                              Dozens of Cousins

   22.  Kathi Appelt                             My Father’s House

   23.  Kathi Appelt                             Toddler Two-Step

   24.  Rhonda G. Greene                     Barnyard Song

   25.  Jill Esbaum                                Critique

   26.  Rhonda G. Greene                      No Pirates Allowed! Said Liberty Lou

   27.  Margot Finke                             Choice of Rhyming PB from Sneak Peek

   28.  Angie Karcher                           Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford  Paul

   29.  Angie Karcher                           The Making of a Poem:Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms by Strand/Boland

    30.  Angie Karcher                         Take Me to Your BBQ by Duval/McCauley                                              

May              

   1.     Mary Jo.Huff                           Storytellin CD  

   2.     Mary Jo Huff                           Storytellin CD

   3.     Debbie Diesen                         Critique  (due to busy schedule – available this summer)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

RhyPiBoMo Golden Quill Poetry Contest Prizes

First Place

Scholarship for The Craft and Pleasures of Writing Poetry for Kids

Donated by Mira Reisberg and Sudipta Bardhan Quallan                           

 

Second Place

Scholarship for The Lyrical Language Lab: Punching up Prose with Poetry

Donated by Renee La Tulippe                 

 

Third Place

Scholarship for a spot in the Picture Book Magic Course

Donated by Susanna Leonard Hill                     

RhyPiBoMo Pledge

RhyPiBoMo Registration Is Open!

RhyPiBoMo Registration Is Open!

 

Please follow this link to register for Rhyming Picture Book Month

https://angiekarcher.wordpress.com/rhypibomo-registration/

 

Registration for the RhyPiBoMo  is open from March 16th – April 16th

at 11:59 p.m. Central Time

You must be registered to be eligible

for all prizes.

 

The countdown is on…only 15 days until we start our adventure together. As I’ve been busy writing the daily lessons I realized that most of you don’t know anything about me, other than I’m that crazy, Hoosier lady who keeps bugging you about this rhyming picture book and poetry stuff.

 I thought I’d share a little bit about myself and how I ended up here, talking to you…

I was born and raised in Southern Indiana and still live in the town where I grew up. I love the Mid-west and all it has to offer, especially for raising a family. I visit my brother in New York City quite often and I am located roughly 2 to 3 hours away from Indianapolis, Nashville, St. Louis and Louisville, so big city life and all it has to offer is in all directions, but I feel blessed to come home to a house in the country, with small town peace and quiet.

I am married to my very patient husband for nearly 23 years and we have four beautiful, bright and kind teenagers, ranging from 13 – 19. It is the craziest, most exciting mixture of organized chaos that you have ever seen! Oh, and we have a beagle named Gracie and a dachshund named Lucy who I adore because they adore me!

I am a former kindergarten teacher, 13 year stay-at-home mom, developmental therapist, director of an African American museum, director of education at a children’s museum and now full-time author/children’s writer.

My first book WHERE THE RIVER GRINS came out in 2012 and it is about the history of Evansville, Indiana. It was published locally and then I wrote and was awarded a $13,000.00 grant that provided for a class set, over 2500 books, to be placed in all 3rd grade classrooms in the city. The teachers use it as a resource/text book for teaching local history. They didn’t have a book to use and now they do! It really was needed and one of my dreams to have it published.

My next book, THE LEGENDARY R.A. COWBOY JONES comes out this spring. It is a MG biography about a 70 year old jockey who still races. This book was written 95% by interviews. It was quite an undertaking and I’m thrilled to tell his story. And yes, his name is Cowboy.

So who is Angie Karcher?

I’m sure that’s what you and probably most of my wonderful guest bloggers are asking themselves as they generously wrote blog posts about rhyme and poetry for this lady from Indiana who they never met.

I am someone who is very determined, passionate, stubborn, and willing to do whatever it takes to “make it happen” if I believe in IT strongly enough!

I apologize in advance for all my !!!!!!!! but it’s who I am!

I do have a zest for life and people. I was told by a very wise editor a year ago that I must have a writing platform. HUH? At the time, I was begrudgingly on Facebook and my closest “friends” were mostly related to me. All 12 of them!

So I listened, and started following writers, friends of writers, friends of friends of writers and eventually my platform wasn’t so flat. Yes, I had my hand smacked a few times by Facebook for “friending” people I didn’t know. But remember, I’m stubborn so I kept on…And I learned quite a funny lesson by doing that.

I was busy one night ‘liking” and “sharing” and “friending” and people were accepting me as a Facebook friend left and right. Note…I’m a children’s writer, so you can imagine my surprise the next morning as I clicked on my news feed to see dozens and dozens of muscular, tanned, oily, hard-bodied men and sexy, scantily dressed, hot babes. Yes, to my surprise, I had managed to unknowingly friend and accept friends in a very nice group of adult, exotica writers. The images of those mostly naked bodies are still burned in my kindergarten teacher’s mind. Shocked and awed, I quietly tiptoed over to the “unfriend” button to part from these very nice writers whose posts were more x-rated than my children’s writer image could handle. I have parents and children who look at my page, for goodness sake.

I want to be clear to say that I have absolutely nothing against exotica writers! I have even been known to read a sexy Danielle Steel saga or two in my day, but this wasn’t exactly the group of writers I was looking for to stand on my platform. There’s more than one joke here but I’ll leave it alone.

So, now I check to see who people are, who their friends are, if they write what I write, if we are in the same groups and I look at their page to make sure it’s kid writer friendly!

My point is…I am still working on that platform and busy every day on social media networking and making the right connections that will continue to help me learn more about writing for kids. In one year’s time, I created a website, I’m blogging weekly, I’m Tweeting, Instagram-ing, have an author’s page and now hosting RhyPiBoMo and chatting daily with folks who have the same passion that I do. I have met some wonderful REAL friends in the past year too!

It’s been quite a year! It is pretty cool to think that even at the age of 47, I can still learn something new every day. I will never give up on my dream to write and become published in picture books. That is my ultimate, top-dog, number one goal and I thank each and every one of you for trusting me to walk with you on your journey. 

So, if you leave now because I am not a published, rhyming, picture book author I will certainly understand. But, if you are determined, passionate, stubborn, and willing to do whatever it takes to follow your dream, then stay here a while and see what you think.

I am not an expert in rhyme or poetry! I am a teacher and I am a rhymer. Teachers research and find experts on the subjects they teach to share that knowledge with their students. That’s why I’m here. I’m a rhyme and poetry facilitator! I am as excited to learn from the guest bloggers as you are…and you will be thrilled with their blogs! I have received most of them and they are bursting with exactly what we need to hear…the good, the bad and the ugly! But the posts are written with love and generosity for us and the kids who benefit from what we do.

This has gotten way too long so I’ll end by saying,

Who is Angie Karcher?

I am a children’s writer who hopes to meet you someday, somewhere, give you a hug, exchange our books and say…

“Remember when we learned how to write these rhyming picture books together!”

                                                            ~ Angie