Rhyme Award Best In Rhyme

The top 10 finalists for The 2015 Best in Rhyme Award have

been announced! The committee and I are thrilled to share reviews of each of these

wonderful rhyming picture books!

Please support these authors and illustrators by

purchasing their books this holiday season!


The Top 10 RPB finalists for The 2015 Best in Rhyme Award

The Announcement Video link


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These reviews are done by the Best in Rhyme Committee in no particular order. The winner and honor books will be named on December 4th in NYC in a live-streaming announcement from Julie Gribble’s KidLitTV Studio. We are so appreciative of Julie’s support of our event!

Thank you Julie!

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I present

the 2015 Best in Rhyme Award

top 10 book reviews!

Watch for more reviews all month!



Author: Marcie Wessels

Illustrator: Tim Bowers

Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers

*Review by Suzy Leopold


Yo, ho, ho! Me lad, heave ho! It’s time to go to bed.”

With this opening line, by Papa Pirate, a reader will become immediately hooked.


Bedtime for many kids can be a long drawn out nightly routine. First mate, Ned is not-so-sleepy and wants to play longer on the high-seas. He postpones his bedtime by requesting just ten more minutes to sail the Seven Seas before getting some shut eye.


Since it is nearly half past eight, Papa Pirate reminds Ned that it is time to get a bit of rest and continues to coax Ned to his bunk. But first they must swab the deck, stow the gear, and lock the treasure chest.


Ned continues to use stalling tactics to avoid his bunk. He can’t find his teddy bear, Captain Teddy, he shimmies up the mainmast, he’s thirsty and wants Papa Pirate to spin a yarn or two. Will Ned every close his eyes to catch 40 winks?


The colorful illustrations are playful and whimsical and the endpapers of the book match Ned’s pajamas! The clever rhyme, use of action verbs and pirate dialect make for an excellent read aloud, especially at bedtime.


I urge you to find


to read to your little buccaneers!



About Marcie:

Marcie Wessels was born in Wisconsin and surprised her family by arriving two months earlier than expected and weighed only 2 pounds and 13 ounces!

Marcie loved to visit the library with her mother and to sit in the stacks and pick out books to take home.  Although she admired writers, she never thought she could grow up to be one.  Marcie decided to do the next best thing – she became a teacher because they get to read, write and talk about books.

She didn’t pursue her dream until after her children were born. Marcie lives in San Diego with her husband and their two children. PIRATE’S LULLABY: MUTINY AT BEDTIME (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, August 25, 2015) is Marcie’s first picture book.


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This wonderful review was written by Suzy Leopold, a Best in Rhyme Committee member. Thank you Suzy!

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