Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Post ReFoReMo Check In

Congratulations again on your valiant efforts to take on the Reading for Research Challenge in March! We know that many of you are working at your own pace and we encourage that whole-heartedly. (That's what we are doing, too!)

For our check-in today, we wanted to remind you that today is the last day to enter the prize drawings. You will have until 11:59 p.m. tonight, April 3, to enter the drawing. To be eligible to enter, you had to register for the challenge by March 4, comment on every ReFoReMo 2018 post, and make efforts to read and research picture books consistently during this past month. You will find the Rafflecopter entry form in this post: http://www.reforemo.com/2018/03/reforemo-appreciation-day-rafflecopter.html  You will only enter the drawing one time to be eligible for all prizes. 

If you have not yet had a chance to watch the Facebook live wrap-up post, you will want to do that here. In the video, you will find that we would like to feature your mentor text reviews in April. Which mentor texts revealed the craft of writing or illustrating in a particularly eye-opening way and why? We'd love to feature reviews of the books you studied from our reading list or the books of our presenters first. However, if you utilized a different mentor text that you know will help your fellow kidlit creatives, feel free to send. You will find our submission addresses here. We request your .doc reviews, very brief bios, and .jpg headshots by April 10, if possible, but not later than April 17. 

To start you off, here is a review of a brand new picture book. We hope that you will attempt to keep up with the most recent releases as they tell you a lot about the current market.

Happy Book Birthday to Maria Gianferrari, a 2017 ReFoReMo presenter!

Terrific Tongues by Maria Gianferrai and Jia Liu


Facts and information are fun when presented in an interesting way. I have often thought that if nonfiction books had been as interesting as they are today, I would have been better at science and social studies as a kid. Without interest behind the facts, they are just facts. But Maria Gianferrari knows how to connect readers. Terrific tongues presents the tongue as other comparable objects: the straw, the sword, a party blower, a nose, a mop, a wash cloth, a whip, and so on.  And since the main character is a monkey, it creates an opportunity for some incredibly fun illustrations as it imagines itself with different types of tongues. Presenting information in this way is like creating a hook and a page turn for every object. The book becomes a trivia game, and kids cannot wait to turn the page to find out what kind of animal each tongue belongs to. 

As you work on your nonfiction manuscripts, are you presenting information in interesting ways? Are you thinking like a child? Do you know what interests a child? Are you consistently eliciting page turn opportunities and hooking the reader?  



29 comments:

  1. This looks like a fascinating book and a fun topic for kids. I, too, feel NF has come a long ways. Facts on their own may be boring, but the right presentation can change everything. Good for Maria!! and Jia, too. The cover is great.
    LOVE your idea for April. There were so many mentor texts that shed light on different aspects of writing. It was a challenging , inspiring and fun month.

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    1. Thanks, Marty. Jia's art is so fun and vibrant. I hope you will enjoy it :).

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  2. I look forward to reading TERRIFIC TONGUES. Congratulations to Maria and Jia for their creative presentation. This is a great example of how NF picture books today educate young minds while entertaining them.

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    1. Thanks, Ginger! I hope you'll like it. I'm a huge fan of reading NF too :).

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  3. I can't wait to read TERRIFIC TONGUES!

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  4. I'm looking forward to reading participants' reviews this month. What a great idea for a NF PB, Maria! Congrats!

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  5. You are so right with your assessment of current NF books, they are engaging and fun to read, which is how they should be. Congrats Maria on your wonderful new book! Can't wait to read it . 😊

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  6. There are many currently published nonfiction PBs filled with facts and information written in an engaging and interesting ways.

    Such a catch title. My students and I look forward to reading TERRIFIC TONGUES by Maria Gianferrari. We will create a Venn diagram to compare & contrast Maria's book with TERRIFIC TONGUES UP CLOSE by Melissa Stewart.

    Suzy Leopold

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    1. That would be an honor, Suzy! I am a huge fan of Melissa's work. She is my NF hero, and she has truly brought nonfiction to the forefront, especially expository nonfiction. You probably already follow her Celebrate Science blog, but I'll just mention it here in case you may be unaware of it. It's really the go-to place for all things NF! :)

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  7. Oh my goodness. Tongues looks and sounds like fun without even opening it up. Kids will pull it off the shelves. I can't wait to read and see every page in this book. Congratulations to Maria and Jia!!!

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    1. Thank you, Mona! Jia's cover is so perfect, and I hope you will enjoy it! :)

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  8. Happy book birthday!!! This one looks so fun - and we can learn some cool stuff! Congratulations!

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  9. Congrats, Maria and Jia, on your book TERRIFIC TONGUES. The cover alone has me ready to snatch it off the bookshelf!

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    1. Thank you so much, Charlotte!! I love her cover too :)!

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  10. Alice Carty FulgioneApril 3, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Happy book birthday! I'm looking forward to reading it!

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  11. Here's to terrific tongues and its book birthday!

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing this, Carrie & all you do for the kidlit community! ReFo is such a rewarding experience, and your generosity of spirit is so apparent!! <3 <3

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  13. This book looks fantastic! Can't wait to read it. What a smart way of crafting the facts into a presentation that appeals to kids' imaginations.

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  14. I haven't seen this book yet! Love the cover illustration, and the idea of making the book into a game.

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