Although any month is a great month to be grateful, November gives us an extra excuse to pause and reflect. The ReFoReMo mission revolves around learning from picture books as mentor texts. One meager story can model a long list of writing elements and literary devices. Of course, we can learn from great examples, and if we have studied our craft enough, we can learn from the not-so-good, too. Reading mentor texts can definitely help us know the difference. I am eternally grateful for the learning opportunity that each picture book offers.
Let’s not forget that we aren’t learning from the story alone. Every story has an author and illustrator behind it and some creatives consistently present stellar models. Through these Master Mentors, a thorough examination of their entire body of work is warranted.
For that very reason, we began writing dedicated author studies after the first annual ReFoReMo challenge in 2015. That tradition continues here on our new blog. If you have not yet had the chance to thoroughly study these masters, consider a dedicated study of one or more of the following:
Each link above will lead you to at least 101 reasons why you should study mentor texts.
There’s a lot to learn! Enjoy, and thank YOU for being part of our dedicated study community!
Which of your master mentors is not on our list?