Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Making Room for a New Year of Mentor Texts

As we prepare for this new year of mentor texts, we are making room on our site. We thought you might enjoy looking back at last year's challenge. It will give you a taste of what's to come. 
Our past presenters used the following picture books during ReFoReMo 2017. Click on each heading to go back to the educational post. Let's get excited! More education and mentor texts are on the way!

ReFoReMo 2017

Horrible Bear by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora
Nanette's Baguette by Mo Willems
Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
I Love Cake!: Starring Rabbit, Porcupine, and Moose by Tammi Sauer and Angie Rozelaar
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon

Cat Knit by Jacob Grant
Ooko by Esme Shapiro
Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney and Carmen Saldaana
Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian and Mike Curato
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
The Day I Became a Bird by Ingrid Chabbert and Raul Nieto Guridi
The Forgetful Knight by Michelle Robinson and Fred Blunt
Don't Cross the Line! by Isabel Minhos Martins and Bernardo Carvalho
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
Lottie’s New Beach Towel (all the Lottie’s World books) by Petra Mathers
Theodor and Mr. Balbini by Petra Mathers
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee
Bark, George!  by Jules Feiffer
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Max Makes a Million by Maira Kalman
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Jamberry by Bruce Degan
Circus Train by Jennifer Cole Judd and Melanie Matthews
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
The Library by Sarah Stewart and David Small
Jessie Bear What Will You Wear by Nancy White Carlstrom and Bruce Degan
Water Is Water by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin
An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball by Jane Yolen and Jane Breskin Zalben   
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace and LeUyen Pham
Maya Was Grumpy by Courtney Pippen-Mathur
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and Mike Curato

Day 5 (March 3) Susannah Richards
Egg by Kevin Henkes
One Proud Penny by Randy Siegel illustrated by Serge Bloch.
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy.
Panda Pants by Jacqueline Davies, illustrated by Sydney Hanson.
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by
This is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier.
XO, Ox: A Love Story by Adam Rex, illustrated by Scott Campbell
Take Me Out to the Yakku by Aaron Meshon
Billions of Bricks: A Counting Book about Building by Kurt Cyrus Christy
The Girl with a Parrot on Her Head by Daisy Hirst
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Marc Simont
Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol

Day 6 (March 4) Carrie Charley Brown
Reflection Questions only- No Mentor Texts

March 5- Day of Rest

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark and April Chu
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins and Jill McElmurry
Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colon
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman and LeUyen Pham
Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos
The Impossibly True Story of Tricky Vic, the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizolli

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan and Sophie Blackall
Little Baby Buttercup by Linda Ashman and You Byun
Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy and Sue Heap
The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra and Melissa Sweet
My Lucky  Day by Keiko Kasza

The Music in George’s Head by Suzanne Slade and Stacy Innerst
Dizzy by Jonah Winter and Sean Qualls
Radiant Child, The Story of Young Artist Jean-MIchel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
I Dissent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley
The Right Word, Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker
Moo! by David LaRochelle
What in the world? by Nancy Raines Day
Sparky by Jenny Offill
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

Radiant Child- The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Cloth Lullaby- The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeouis by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault
A Poem for Peter- The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Lou Fancher, and Steve Johnson
Some Writer- The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Reflection questions only- No mentor texts

March 12- Day of rest

Day 13 (March 13)- Tricia Lawrence
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
Whobert Whover by Jason Gallaher

And Two Boys Booed by Judith Viorst & Sophie Blackall
Sparky by Jenny Offill & Chris Appelhans
The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson & Vanessa Newton
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Hug Machine by Scott C. Campbell
I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell & Charles Santoso
Oh, No, Astro! By Matt Roeser and Brad Woodward

Miss Colfax’s Light by Aimee Bissonette and Eileen Ryan Ewen
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts and Noah Z. Jones
A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper
One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon
When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs and John Butler

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano by Elise Parsley    
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea  
Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol

Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford and Gabi Swiatkowska
Zen Socks by Jon Muth  
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian and Tim Bowers
A Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
Give and Take by Chris Raschka

Reflection Questions only- No Mentor Texts

March 19- Day of rest

Day 19- (March 20) Post Removed

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault
Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors? The story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman
Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story by Emily Arnold McCully
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark and April Chu
Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
Red Sings from the Treetops by Joyce Sidman
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Water Is Water by Miranda Paul

Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis
Grandad's Island by Benji Davies
We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato

Snow White, by Chloe Perkins, Illustrated by Misa Saburi
Little Roja Riding Hood, by Susan Middleton Elye, Illustrated by Susan Guevar
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, by Natasha Yim, illustrated by Grace Zong
Beauty and the Beast, by H. Chuku Lee, Illustrated  by Pat Cummings
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, by Alex T. Smith

Day 25 (March 27) Mira Reisberg
Sparky by Jenny Offill & Chris Appelhans
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Meerkat Mail, Emily Gravett
Lyle Lyle Crocodile, by Bernard Waber
Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems
Blobfish Throws a Party! by Miranda Paul

Day 26 (March 28) Post removed

Day 27 (March 29) Kirsti Call & Carrie Charley Brown
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
The Monstore by Tara Lazar


  1. Great reminder that these posts are available for our review! Excited for the new challenge! Thanks Carrie and Kirsti!

  2. So many great books that I may not have come across if it wasn't for this challenge. I look forward to this year!

  3. Thanks for the reminder to review before forging ahead. Looking forward to another great year of study. Cheer!