I love to fly kites. But not from the ground. My city is crowded, and the streets are skinny. Baba and I fly our kites from the tippy-top of our triangle roof. We are above but still under, neither here nor there. We are free, like the kites.
I noticed the beautiful language and the comparison of themselves with kites.
Who better to start with than--Jane Yolen?! Emma Walton Hamilton wrote a post titled "Jane Yolen's Ten Words Every Picture Book Author Must Know." The first word on the list is lyricism. Emma elaborates here.
My critique partner, Laura Sassi, featured a post written by author Dianna Murray on lyrical picture books. Dianna describes qualities of lyrical picture books and has written one herself. Check this post: "Examining Lyrical Picture Books with Dianna Murray."
One of the best places to find mentor texts is at ReFoReMo. (Reading for Research Month) There is a list of picture books for many types of writing. March 15, 2017, aired "Linda Vander Heyden Sheds Light on the Lyrical Side." She listed five mentor texts for lyrical picture books. Excellent!
What I've noticed is that lyrical picture books employ all poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, and more. Author Rob Sanders wrote a post on "Poetic Prose in Picture Books," and listed more mentor texts.
Some other links I discovered:
"Studying Lyrical Language for Prose" by Renee La Tulippe on Marcie Atkins' blog. This post addresses lyrical language in MG novels.
Lyrical Picture Book Endings by Michelle Markel
Many of these links had one thing in common: Jane Yolen's Owl Moon. I don't own this, and so I listened to it on You Tube and wrote down ALL the words and studied it. I learned that it was written in free verse with illustrative, descriptive words, some repetition, with a refrain, lots of emotion, alliteration, simile, metaphor, and written in first person point of view.
If you have other advice, do share in the comments! Thank you!