|by Deborah Underwood|
|by Corey Rosen Schwartz|
And the Grand Prize went to:
|by Penny Parker Klostermann|
Of course, we celebrated with cake!
And a few silly photos:
|Angie Karcher isn't too happy about|
being swallowed by a dragon...
Kid Lit TV provided a gracious venue for the ceremony and party. In addition, they opened their doors the next day for the RPB REVOLUTION conference. Here are some tidbits and quotes about rhyming picture books. I hope they give you some inspiration!
Penny Parker Klostermann surprised the group with the fact that her book had 29 different versions before it was picked up by Random House. She told everyone to look at every line and every word to make sure it is the best. She also encouraged everyone to give themselves time to imagine.
Agent Kendra Marcus says that a rhyming picture book needs to not only rhyme, but also to have a good story that begins right up front. If it takes to long for a reader to discover where the story is headed, they may lose interest.
Author Lori Degman took the group through exercises on whittling down a rhyming manuscript and making sure the meter and rhyme are perfect. She urges writers to pinpoint the core of what they are trying to say, and then figure out the most condensed way to say it.
"Every time there's a break in the continuity of your rhyme, you may lose your reader," she warns.
Next up were the "Rebeccas Squared" team of author Rebecca Kai Doltish and editor Rebecca Davis from Wordsong and Boyds Mills. "Often people focus so much on the end rhymes that they lose sight of what is between those end rhymes," Rebecca Dotlich said. They stressed the importance of all poetic elements - treat them with equal importance. In other words, make sure a rhyming text takes advantage of luscious word choice, alliteration, metaphor and simile, vivid imagery, personification. "Read and study picture books until the essence of them is in your bones," they said.
The team of author Karma Wilson and Justin Chanda, Publisher at Simon and Schuster, rounded out the day. "Rhyme is wonderful, but it's not EVER the heart of your story. Your story has to stand without the crutch of rhyme," they told us. "Figure out the 'spine' - the theme that lies at the heart of your story - and let all else hang off of it." Karma warned us all to never talk down to a child, their concerns are very real and very large to them.
A terrific weekend!
Unable to attend? It's not too late to purchase a recorded version of this wonderful conference. More information HERE.