Tuesday, February 18, 2020

ReFoReMo 2020 Registration


ReFoReMo 2020 is officially open! We are excited to celebrate the reading-writing connection for the 6th year of this annual challenge.
ReFoReMo examines the art of making picture books through mentor texts and multiple perspectives from authors, illustrators, educators, and publishing professionals. Registration opens today and runs through March 2. From March 1-March 30, participants will be presented with many different ways to focus on picture books as mentor texts to inform the craft of writing.

During the challenge, we follow a reading list, but the follow-through is what counts the most. Will you adopt a regular reading and research routine to inform your writing? If your answer is yes, please read and follow the guidelines below to register.

1.   If you have not already, subscribe to this ReFoReMo blog by entering your email address into the opt-in box on the right-hand side. A Feedburner Email Subscription box will pop up. Type the captcha code listed at the bottom of the box and submit.  You will receive an email verification link in your inbox. Click the link to activate your subscription. This will enable you to receive the daily challenge posts as emails. If you already receive our emails, skip this step.

2.    At the bottom of this post, find the comment box. (If you received this registration post in your inbox today, you must click the title of the post first. That will take you to the website where our challenge takes place, and you'll find the comment box at the bottom of that post.) Enter your FIRST and LAST NAME in the comment box. Click on the "Publish" button. Comment only once, please. Be patient. With many people entering comments at once, it may take quite some time for you comment to show up in the comment section. Note: Registration is considered official through Monday, March 2 (for prize purposes).

If you experience difficulty leaving your comment, click this link for tips before requesting help in the ReFoReMo Facebook group. (If you are not yet a member of the FB group, you must request to be admitted to the private group. Please be patient with us during this busy time. Once you are admitted, you will find the registration post pinned to the top of our FB group wall. Enter your FIRST and LAST name in that comment thread only if you have tried our tips for commenting on the blog and were not successful.)

3.   We designed the ReFoReMo Facebook group  to build community and host discussions about picture books as mentor texts. We encourage you to discuss the perspectives and mentor texts as you read. Note: We understand that sometimes certain mentor texts are hard to find. However, we cannot support sharing video readings that break copyright laws. Look for readings created by the publisher or author.  

4.    Many of our presenters are generously offering prizes. They will be revealed during the posts. To be eligible, you must be registered by March 2, make efforts to consistently research mentor texts, and comment on every blog post from March 1-March 30. You must be on the blog to comment. Please do not reply to the posts via email.  We are on the honor system and therefore you will not need to post your results anywhere. To keep things simple, we will have only one Rafflecopter to enter on March 31 from which all winners will be drawn.

5.    You may post the ReFoReMo badge (above) on your site or social media. Please link it back to this address:  www.reforemo.com

Our 2020 Reading List can be found here. Get a jump on reserving your books from the library now. When March 1st rolls around, it's go time! Read the posts and book recommendations. Take notes on how each perspective applies to your writing needs. You may come across the same mentor text more than once, but you’ll have the opportunity to study it in a new light. Particular elements may apply to you personally more than others. That may lead you to study additional mentor texts that are not on the list. Hooray, we say! Hooray! 

Take advantage of the break we offer on the weekends. Use that time to catch up or just rest. Utilize our research tools and start discussions in our Facebook Group. We are excited to share this educational experience with you and we hope it makes a difference in your writing!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

ReFoReMo 2020 Reading List!



Are you excited for ReFoReMo 2020? We are, and we want you to have a chance
to start reserving your books! Grab your library card and get comfy at the computer.
Registration opens next week!


ReFoReMo 2020 Reading List


Week One
March 2 ReFoReMo Day 1 Founders Carrie and Kirsti
This is the House that Jack Built by Simms Taback
The Prairie that Nature Built by Marybeth Lorbiecki and Cathy Morrison
Around the Table that Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill and Jaime Kim
There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klosterman and Ben Mantle
There Was An Old Woman Who Lived in a Book by Jomike Tejido
Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask To be in This Book by Julie Falatko and Tim Miller
It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor
Normal Norman, by Tara Lazar and S. Britt
Chloe and the Lion, by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex
Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham and Paul Zalinsky


March 3 ReFoReMo Day 2: Mentor Text Maven/Writer Marcie Flinchum Atkins
The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
Are We Pears Yet? by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Carin Berger
Glacier on the Move by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Alice Brereton
Moon: Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
Sylvia’s Bookshop: The Story of Paris’s Beloved Bookstore and Its Founder (As Told by
the Bookstore Itself) by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Katy Wu
My Happy Year by E. Bluebird by Paul Meisel
Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex, illustrated by Laurie Keller
Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival by Lindsay Moore
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph
My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story by John Coy, illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec

March 4 ReFoReMo Day 3: Literary Advocate/Writer Matthew Winner
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan; illus by Floyd Cooper
The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord; illus by Julia Blattman 
The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver by Gene Barretta; illus by Frank Morrison
Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
The Bear's Garden by Marcie Colleen; illustrated by Alison Oliver
Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail by Leslea Newman; illustrated by Susan Gal
Friday Night Wrestlefest by J. F. Fox; illustrated by Micah Player
Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy; illustrated by Ekua Holmes 
Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan; illustrated by Saffa Khan 


March 5 ReFoReMo Day 4: Author Heidi Stemple
MOTH: AN EVOLUTION STORY by Isabel Thomas, Illustrated by Daniel Egneus
STONEWALL: A BUILDING, AN UPRISING, A REVOLUTION by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christof
GIANT SQUID by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
IT BEGAN WITH A PAGE: HOW GYO FUJIKAWA DREW THE WAY by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad
YOU ARE MY FRIEND: THE STORY OF MISTER ROGERS AND HIS NEIGHBORHOOD by Aimee Reid, illustrated by Matt Phelan
DANCING HANDS: HOW TERESA CARRENO PLAYED THE PIANO FOR PRESIDENT LINCOLN by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
SWAN: THE LIFE AND DANCE OF ANNA PAVLOVA by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad
LITTLE LIBRARIES, BIG HEROES by Miranda Paul, illustrated by John Parra
BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET by Lesa Cline Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome
BREAD FOR WORDS: A FREDRICK DOUGLAS STORY by Shana Keller, illustrated by Kayla Stark


March 6 ReFoReMo Day 5: Literary Advocate Susannah Richards
Vroom by Barbara McClintock 
A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song 
Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter 
Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins 
Spend It by Cinders McLeod 
Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier 
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson by Jen Bryant, Ill. Cannady Chapman
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan, ill. Floyd Cooper
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Truman by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins 
River by Elisha Cooper 


Week Two
March 9 ReFoReMo Day 6: Editor Courtney Fahey
Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit by Linda Marshall illustrated by Ilaria Urbinati
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Whale in a Fishbowl by Troy Howell illustrated by Richard Jones
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers


March 10 ReFoReMo Day 7: Literary Agent Rachel Orr
IN A JAR by  Deborah Marcero
THE SCARECROW by Beth Ferry, illustrated by the Fan Brothers
BIRD, BALLOON, BEAR by Il Sung Na’s
ONCE UPON A GOAT by Dan Richards, illustrated by Eric Barclay
GREEN PANTS, by Kenneth Kraegel


March 11 ReFoReMo Day 8: Author Rajani La Rocca
Twinderella, A Fractioned Fairy Tale by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Illus by Deborah Marcero
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman, Illus by Isabel Greenberg
100 Bugs: A Counting Book by Kate Narita, Illus by Suzanne Kaufman.
I’m Trying to Love Math by Bethany Barton.
Count On Me by Miguel Tanco

March 12 ReFoReMo Day 9: Author/Illustrator Gina Perry
Linus The Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon 
Bear’s Scare by Jacob Grant 
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates 
Crab Cake by Andrea Tsurumi 
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken 


March 13 ReFoReMo Day 10: Author Janie Reinart
What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett and Diana Sudyka
Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina by Lea Lyon and A. LaFaye
Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin
Predator and Prey by Susannah Buhrman-Deever and Bert Kitchen
Ruby’s Hope by Monica Kulling and Sarah Dvojack


Week Three
March 16 ReFoReMo Day 11: Literary Agent Linda Camacho
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss; illus by Crockett Johnson
Honeysmoke by Monique Fields; illus by Yesenia Moises
Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate; illus by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Wolfie the Bunny by Ale Dyckman; illus by Zachariah O'Hoia
Why? by Adam Rex; illus by Claire Keane
We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell; illus by Frané Lessac

March 17 ReFoReMo Day 12: Author Michelle Cusolito
Giant Squid, by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson
Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari and Brian Floca
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome
The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer and Ekua Holmes


March 18 ReFoReMo Day 13: Author Gaia Cornwall
Tiny Perfect Things Written by M. H. Clark, Illustrated by Madeline Kloepper
Here and Now Written by Julia Denos, Illustrated by E. B. Goodale 
They Say Blue  Written and Illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Truman, Written Jean Reidy, Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
How to Read a Book, Written by Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet


March 19 ReFoReMo Day 14: Author/Illustrator Sarah Lynne Reul
Colette’s Lost Pet - words & pictures by Isabelle Arsenault; 48 pages
Stop That Yawn - words by Caron Levis, pictures by LeUyen Pham; 40 pages
Where’s Halmoni? - words & pictures by Julie Kim; 96 pages
Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian - words by Jacob Sager Weinstein, pictures by Vera Brosgol; 40 pages
Narwhal & Jelly (any book in the series; the latest one from 2019 is Narwhal's Otter Friend), words & pictures by Ben Clanton; 64 pages


March 20 ReFoReMo Day 15: Author Keila V. Dawson
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal
Moon's First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship by Susanna Hill,  Elisa Paganelli 
Give Me Back My Bones by Kim Norman, Bob Kolar 
The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach 
Love, Agnes: Postcards from an Octopus by Irene Latham and Thea Baker 


Week Four
March 23   ReFoReMo Day 16: Author Emma Otheguy
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy and Eugene Yelchin
Brave Girl by Michelle Markel and Melissa Sweet
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez 


March 24  ReFoReMo Day 17: Author/Illustrator Jannie Ho
Nobody’s Duck by Mary Sullivan
Moo Moo in a Tutu by Tim Miller
Duck, Duck, Porcupine by Salina Yoon
Snail and Worm Again by Tina Kugler
I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty illustrated by Mike Boldt


March 25  ReFoReMo Day 18: Author/Illustrator Jeannette Bradley
The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros, Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte When When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano; Marietta Collins; Ann Hazzard; Jennifer Zivoin 
At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham 


March 26  ReFoReMo Day 19: Author Anika Denise
Birdsong by Julie Flett
Swan by Laurel Snyder; illustrated by Julie Morstad
A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner; illustrated by John Parra
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal


March 27  ReFoReMo Day 20: Author Marcie Colleen
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
Me Jane by Patrick McDonnell