2016 Best in Rhyme Award Top 10


Its up!!! The 2016 Best in Rhyme Award Top 10 List!!

Congrats to all the finalists!

Watch for the final award announcement streaming live on February 12th at 8:00 pm ET at the lovely KidLitTV Studio in New York City!

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And the finalists are…


The 2016 Best in Rhyme Top 10 List

The Storybook Knight, written by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
Publisher: Harry N Abrams

Teeny Tiny Toady, written by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
Publisher: Sterling

Pirasaurs!, written by Josh Funk, illustrated by Michael H Slack

Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range, written by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Michael Allen Austin Publisher: Clarion

Ned, the Knitting Pirate, written by Diana Murray, illustrated by Leslie Lammle
Publisher: Roaring Brook

Good Night, Baddies, written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Juli Kangas
Publisher: Beach Lane Books

Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks, written by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Dan Santat
Publisher: Putnam

Mary Had a Little Glam, written by Tammy Sauer, illustrated byVanessa Brantley-Newton
Publisher: Sterling

Grimelda, the Very Messy Witch, written by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books


2016 Best in Rhyme Award Top 20


I’m pleased to share the TOP 20 Best Rhyming Picture Books of 2016!

The RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month) Facebook Group nominated their favorites and the Best in Rhyme Committee read and scored all the qualified books. We will be announcing the TOP 10 books on January 30th. The winning book and 2 honor books will be named in New York City Feb 10-12th with the help of KidLitTV!

Day and time TBA.

Thank you to Julie Gribble and KidLit TV

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Please take time to read these wonderful books!

Congratulations to the authors and illustrators!


Thank you to the RhyPiBoMo 2016

Best in Rhyme Award Committee!


This committee of dedicated RhyPiBoMo members has been reading and reviewing and scoring the best rhyming picture books. Members of the RhyPiBoMo Facebook Group nominate books for the committee to review.


Patricia Toht

Lori Degman

Mandy Yates 

Kenda Henthorn

Annie Bailey

Gayle C. Krause

Deb Williams

Darlene Ivy

Suzy Leopold

Cindy Schrauben

Angie Karcher – Founder

Tanja Bauerle – Illustrator


Take a peek at the Best in Rhyme Rubric

used for scoring.