Thursday, March 30, 2017

ReFoReMo Day 28: Thank You

by Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call

You are part of the ReFoReMo family now. Let’s have a HUGE group hug!

Time for a curtain call… a bittersweet celebration of everyone that contributed to this great challenge. We can’t imagine what ReFoReMo would be like without our amazing guest presenters. Their valuable, varied perspectives and recommendations were priceless! They kept us inspired and energized! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We encourage you to revisit their work and keep a watch on their achievements.  Consider doing an author study (or publisher study) on each of them!





Let’s hear it for this amazing team!




Wow! It’s incredible to see everyone here in one place. Encore! Encore!




Please give an extra standing ovation to our phenomenal Facebook group welcome captains, Janie Reinart and Keila Dawson. They welcomed you into the group, helped share ReFoReMo fever, and spread good discussion vibes.  Thank you, Janie and Keila!




And our challenge would be rather plain without our ReFoReMo character, created by Lori Nawyn, our resident illustrator. Lori's illustrations are so creative, diverse, and adorable! The Winner's Badge comes out tomorrow!



We would also like to thank you, too! The discussions were on fire this year! You didn’t hold back and you really opened yourselves up to one another in the group. It’s been so much fun getting to know you and we hope to see lots more of you.


ReFoReMo 2018 will be that much better because you are part of the family. We look forward to bringing you weekly posts until then, but we’ll need a bit of a break first. Whew!

We are so thankful for the additional prizes donated by our ReFoReMo presenters. Look for the Rafflecopter (prize drawing entry form) tomorrow!





115 comments:

  1. What? It's over? But my library card is still bursting, and my nightstand is still piled with picture books, and... and... I'M GONNA MISS YOU GUYS!

    What?

    You mean I don't have to leave? I can stick around and keep reading mentor texts?
    Really, truly? Really, really, truly? With whip cream and gummy worms on top?
    awwww, I LOVE YOU GUYS!

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  3. What a wonderful overview of picture book writing. Thanks for all the expertise shared and models of excellence to consider as we do our own writing. Barb

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  4. Can't believe the month is over already! Thank you all for your hard work!

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  5. Loved every minute of it...from the inspiring guest posts (so thrilled to have been able to contribute this year)...to the lists and lists of fab mentor texts...to the comment threads that felt like I was coming home because there were so many familiar names and faces there. Thank you, Carrie and Kirsti...you guys rocked it out!

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  6. Done? Tears. Get to stay? Celebration. I agree with Jen, I am excited to continue researching mentor texts throughout the year.

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  7. This was a hugely beneficial experience for me! Thank you so much for hosting. I made my way through 200 picture books in the last month! (My daughters were delighted!)

    All of the reflections from daily postings and the discussions with colleagues really sparked in me an interest to assess books from multiple perspectives. I have lots of mental prompts now, to help me optimize each read-through, and to understand what makes a book effective or enjoyable or just plain wonderful!

    Thanks again for your hard work and for building this community! Can't believe it's been a month already!

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  8. Thank you for this great challenge I have learnt so much and have gotten past a personal hurdle in wriitng my query letters "providing comparitve titles" thanks to ReFoReMo I can do this now. Yay!

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  9. I am going to miss you all so much! Thank you for such an amazing month of fun and learning. It was amazing! I am so happy and grateful to have found you, thank you, thank you!

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  10. What a great inspiration to keep reading Mentor Texts with new insights as to what to look for. You all were wonderful! Thanks!!!

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  11. That was an incredibly fast month...and I enjoyed every minute of it! 😄

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  12. "I've had the time of my life" is currently playing in my head. Thanks for another great year ladies. I've learned a lot again, "and I owe it all to you."

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  13. Awwwwww it's over already? This month went by so fast 😱

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  14. Wow that was fast. Thank you SO much for the inspiration and encouragement. And for all the hard work that it takes to put something like this together. Many, many thanks!!!!

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  15. Thank you mentors, all those working behind the scenes & Carrie & Kirsti for a memorable month of reading!

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  16. OK, it's a habit now, forget one month. I will PB binge a lot now that I'm going to the library almost every other day! Hurray for this challenge, Kirsti, Carrie, Keila and Janie. Many thanks to the great blogers who shared wisdom, too.

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  17. Thank you so much for all your work to put this together! I have so enjoyed studying these texts and thinking about how to improve my own work. So much learning and inspiration!!

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  18. Woohoo! Thank you, everyone! I was behind this month. Traveling until the 3rd, didn't get my books in advance, hardly on the FB Group...but...but...STILL loved taking in all the suggestions, opinions, and new ways of reading and noticing things in my favorite form, picture books. You guys are amazing!

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  19. Great month, great organizers - Carrie, Kirsti, Janie, and Keila, great big piles of books, great presenters, great fun analyzing what gives a story re-read-ability and leaving a comment each morning. Sorry it's over :(, but "Great," I say. "I've got a pile of books and reading for research is never over!" :)

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  20. Thank you all for another amazing ReFoReMo! It went way too fast. I'll make sure to "tune in" on Tuesdays. Group hug!

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  21. It was another great year! I loved the posts and recommended reading lists! I'm going to make it a goal to keep up with the weekly posts this year! Thank you again!

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  22. Thank you everyone for all your hard work and thoughtful presentations. I will be back next year for sure:>

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  23. Thank you to all involved. Another inspiring year!

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  24. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the awesome posts! I appreciate all the hard work that went into making this a valuable event.

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  25. Thank you so much. I'll miss my daily email from you.

    Ree

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  26. This month went by so fast! I now have a wonderful list of reference books to review over and over. Thank you!

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  27. I was so far behind, then did a book binge. Wow! Loved it. Thanks so much to everyone for the book education, and for the opportunity to be part of all this. I look forward to next year, but I will be keeping my librarians busy all year in practice for then. :) Thanks again! ((hugs to all))

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  28. Love ❤ being part of this team. Nothing better than hanging out with ReFoReMo family. Metaphors be with you😊 Love you!

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  29. To Carrie and Kirsti and the ReFoReMo team and all the amazing presenters--thank you, thank you, thank you! This has been a great experience and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I feel as if I have been on a travel adventure, bags bursting with books, making new friends along the way. I plan to do my own author studies next, now that I have such a fabulous foundation to work from. I'll miss the daily posts! Until next year....

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  30. Once again, a fantastic array of books and people. Thank you all for a great month of reading and learning!!

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  31. Thank you, thank you, one and all!
    Now I must suffer Reforemo withdrawal!

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  32. Even though March is coming to an end, ReFoReMo will still offer insight into books as mentor texts throughout the year which makes me ecstatic. I look forward to the e-mail updates from ReFoReMo. Thank you to all who made ReFoReMo possible which includes everyone listed in this post. You are a wonderful and caring family to belong to.

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  33. Another great ReFoReMo. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. I'm so glad I was able to participate. I'm coming away with inspiration, a notebook of information, and new tools to try. Thank-you, everyone. It's been great.

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  34. Everyone was fabulous!!! Big thank you to ALL!

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  35. What a wonderful way this has been to celebrate spring. I've really looked forward to the inspiring selection of picture books, and the thoughtful perspective and tools each presenter offered. Thanks everyone. I'll never think of picture books in the same way.

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  36. Thanks you so much to everyone for an outstanding ReFoReMo. Truly appreciate your generosity with picture book writing tips.

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  37. Kudos to al for an amazing month of reading, learning and contemplation!

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  38. Thank you to everyone who creates and participates in this wonderful event! It is heart-warming to see such generosity and camaraderie still exists bountifully in this world :)

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  39. REFOREMO proves how you just can't do this work alone. BRAVO!! and thank you to all!

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  40. Thank you everyone! This was a great first year for me. I learned so much thanks to your generosity and commitment!

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  41. It was wonderful and inspiring - thank you ALL!

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  42. A big thank you to all the contributors to REFOREMO 2017. I have been informed, inspired and impressed by all the posts and mentor book suggestions!

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  43. This was my first ReFoReMo and it was invaluable! Thank you so much for coordinating all of this!

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  44. Thank you to the whole ReFoReMo Team! You always inspire me to dig deeper into a wide variety of picture books.

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  45. Congratulations on another ReFoReMo success. Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

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  46. Thank you, Carrie and Kristi! It has been an amazing month. I have appreciated the daily emails inspiration. Bravo!!

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  47. Congratulations on a successful ReFoReMo! I have learned so much - and discovered new picture book favorites! Thank you to everyone for all of the hard work, organizing, posting, writing, sharing. Fantastic!

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  48. Thanks for putting together such a fabulous opportunity for all of us. I learn something new every year with ReFoReMo. The book lists and resource lists with the FB group are so valuable.

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  49. Group Hug! Thanks so much to all the presenters for sharing your combined knowledge! (And for some strange reason, I'm now 'unknown' on Google, so I had to sign in differently than the rest of the month.)

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  50. The month was amazing, thanks to the entire team's hard work! Thank you so much. Trying not to be too hard on myself for not taking part before. Had I only known. See you next year!

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  51. Thanks to everyone for great PB suggestions, inspirational ideas, and camaraderie!

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  52. A great month of inspiration and education! Thank you.

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  53. What an amazing month this has been! I'm so happy to be part of this wonderful community. Thank you to all of the presenters, your posts were inspirational and thought-provoking. Thank you, Carrie and Kristi and Janie, Keila and Lori!

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  54. Another fun-filled month of reading great books and learning more about them from others perspective. Gracias, Merci and Thank you so much. My picture book reading habit reinforced for another year in anticipation of March 2018.

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  55. Thank you for a wonderful experience! I learned a ton. I'll be dashing off to the library today to pick up my remaining mentor texts. But I'm going to scan the "new acquisitions" shelf while I"m there. I don't want the fun to stop!

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  56. A HUGE thank you and kudos to Carrie and Kirsti...what a month! Thanks to the incredible presenters and educators...I will refer often to your lessons and really enjoyed reading all the wonderful books you recommended. And to Janie and Keila...thanks for shepherding us along! To Lori - thanks for your fun and beautiful artwork! And to everyone who participated in ReFoReMo 2017 - I truly enjoyed reading, researching, and learning along with you! Looking forward to many more to come!

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  57. I am so thankful I discovered Reforemo last year in February. The world it has introduced me to; the books, the lessons, the people, the community, the opportunities, etc. etc. is something I would have never experienced if it wasn't for this group. THANK YOU x a million.

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  58. Thank you, Carrie, Kirsti, Janie, Keila, Lori and all the guest presenters!! What a fabulous 2017 ReFoReMo. I never walk away as I keep my ReFoReMo spirit working throughout the year. Bravo!!!

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  59. Thank you for creating ReFoReMo. It was the first time I participated and I learned a lot. Looking forward for next year!

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  60. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. I've had a great time and have learned a lot. Can't wait 'til next year to do it all over again!!

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  61. Thanks EVERYONE! This was a great experience. :)

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  62. Thanks for another fantastic ReFoReMo! I'm excited about continuing the mentor text habit year-round.

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  63. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! So glad I stumbled across this and had the opportunity to participate. I recommended it to the other KidLit writers I know and hope to participate next year. In the meantime, I'm starting to request titles from the 2016 list so I can continue to be inspired. Bravo!

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  64. Thank you, thank you, thank you, all! This was an incredible month of learning from the recommended mentor texts. I will be reviewing them over and over again.

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  65. Thank you, everyone! This has been a fantastic month of reading and making connections.

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  66. What an amazing month of books and advice. thank you!

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  67. Wonderful! I won't look at a picture book without noticing so much more!

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  68. Say it isn't so! What will I have to look forward to every day? I must say that I have been totally blown away by the education I received from the experts and the generosity of the kidlit community. Thank you for everything you all do. It is greatly appreciated! Till next year!

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  69. Thank you. I had a wonderful time exploring new books.

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  70. What a fabulous group of bloggers/presenters. I've learned so much this month. I will keep on reading!

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  71. Three cheers for the ReFoReMo angels:
    Hip hip hooray,
    Hip hip hooray,
    Hip hip hooray!
    Thanks for making this an amazing experience!

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  72. Thank you all so much.
    The blog posts have been perfect - so well organised and enlightening.
    I've been studying PBs (and mainly NF PB) on my own for years, but the structure, themes, and material made it a great learning experience.

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  73. Love the group hug . . . another rich month spent with picture books and friends. Thanks, ladies!

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  74. Thank you to all as well as Carrie and Kirsti for organizing. This has been an inspiring and enlightening month!

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  75. The stack is still growing at the library holds shelf...thanks for another year of inspiration to one and all!

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  76. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU EVERYONE--Carrie, Kristi, Keila, Janie, Lori, ALL the presenters, and ALL the participants! It has been SUCH AN AMAZINGLY INSPIRING month! I have learned SO MUCH from each and everyone of you! THANK YOU!!! And a SPECIAL THANK YOU to Carrie, Kristi, Janie, and Keila for ALL THE HARD WORK you put into making ReFoReMo SUCH A SUCCESS!!! THANK YOU!!! Though the post was shorter today, I was still SO INSPIRED, especially to do a book study on each writer participant -- and MOST especially their publishers! CAN'T WAIT to keep reading and researching!!! THANK YOU!!!

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  77. This was my first year participating in ReFoReMo and I couldn’t be more thankful. Much like an exercise routine, you helped me establish a solid habit of reading five mentor texts a day. Now all I have to do is keep the momentum going! A big “thank you” to Carrie, Kirsti and all the presenters for being generous with your time and knowledge.

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  78. Amazing Group and resource for everyone. Thank you ReFoReMo family. See you 2018. Blessings!

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  79. Thank you to everyone who participated and provided us with a month of amazing posts and mentor texts!

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  80. Thank you so much to everyone who made ReForReMo possible! This was my first year, and it was just...WOW! I have learned so much and will continue to study all these amazing PBs discussed this year! Thank you!

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  81. As a recently retired teacher and now a budding writer, ReFoReMo has been a joy and an inspiration to me. I have looked forward each daily post. Thank you so much for focusing my learning by sharing your craft of writing and these such wonderful mentor texts.

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  82. Can't believe it is almost over. What will my librarians do without me? Guess I'll just,have to keep going back for more and more books. Many thanks to all of you for pulling off a successful event this month!

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  83. I can not begin to tell you how much I have learned over the last 28 days. Some big nuggets and smaller morsels but all really good. I learned something today at my job and I think it was meant to me just to share with others are our world grows smaller and we realize how we are more alike than we are different. I learned a new word...Shukran...Arabic for thank you. So Shukran to all of you. Sincerely, Terri

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  84. Thanks for another awesome year! I love this challenge!

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  85. ReFoReMo was fantastic! Thank you Carrie, Kirsti and the amazing guest presenters!

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  86. Thank you team for sharing your time and talents!

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  88. THANK YOU so much Carrie & Kirsti! I look forward to ReFoReMo EVERY year!! Well, ok, I only discovered it just last year, but still! ;-) I'll be there from here on out. I appreciate all the wonderful inspiration and encouragement so much. Thank you for all you ladies have done for your writing community!

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  91. Another wonderful job! Always enjoy the inspiring posts and the push of a challenge to read/analyze more than I would in a typical month. Love it!!!

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  92. Thank you Everyone! Thank you for sharing your time, your talent, your insights and take-aways.

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  93. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!! ReFoReMo is the BEST!!!!

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  94. This has been an amazing month. Thank you doesn't seem to sufficient, but it comes from my heart. Thank you all!

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  95. Thank you thank you thank you, from the bottom of my book pile! You guys are the best! See you when you've recovered!

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  96. Thank you for all of your hard work, and for all of these wonderful posts.

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  97. Had a great time reading these posts and TONS of children's books this month. Thanks for the support and encouragement!

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  98. Waaah! It’s over? Where did the time go? Thank you Carrie and Kirsti for all of your hard work and for making ReFoReMo 2017 the best one ever!!! I can’t wait for ReFoReMo 2018!!

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  99. I'll certainly be doing an author study, but who will be first? Now that's a challenge.

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  100. I always look forward to the month of March and the ReFoReMo challenge. The month went by too quickly. I am thankful for the many posts and excellent suggested titles by the guests speakers.

    Thank you Carrie, Kirsti, Janie and Keila.

    ~Suzy Leopold

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  101. Thank you so much to everyone who organized and contributed to this wonderful challenge. I have learned a lot and enjoyed reading many new books plus revisiting a few old friends as well. This is the first time I've joined, but it won't be the last. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

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  102. So much reading to do. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

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  103. Thank you all! I've kept my local librarians busy this month :)

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  104. Thank-you to everyone. What an amazing month it has been! Liz Tipping

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  105. Thank you all! I learned so much and enjoyed every minute of reforemo this year! (as I did last year as well) :)

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  106. Thank you with appreciation beyond words!

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  107. Thank you for organizing RefoReMo and for all the great posts & reading recommendations. I've had lots of fun discovering new books and new angles for reading them.

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  108. Thank you for a wonderful month of learning and growing. I loved starting each day by reading the latest post.

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