Over the years, we have shared our mentor text knowledge and practices. We have modeled how to dig deeper into the perspectives and mentor texts that are shared on our blog. While one can learn a lot simply by reading mentor texts, that is not what we are about. A regular reading habit is healthy, but our title suggests more. Reading for RESEARCH. When a presenter introduces an element, no matter how brief, we must open our eyes to that perspective and search for it, dissect it, and analyze alternate angles. Are you digging deep?
Jenna Pocius's post, did you isolate the words "awareness, empathy, understanding" or "embrace diversity" when you researched? Each of these qualities presented new isolated ways to research the texts through multiple reads. When you read Andrea J. Loney's post, did you follow the "story" elements of each biography? Not all biographies do this. Did you compare and contrast the suggested mentor texts to other biographies that simply present facts? When you read Baptiste Paul's post, did you interpret "words and word combinations" as you researched the recommendations? Did you look at how those word choices influenced the theme? You will get the most out of your reading experience if you look beyond what you favor and put yourself in the new perspective's shoes. It takes an open mind and a strong desire to absorb new knowledge.
Reading so many books in such a short period of time may not allow you enough time to dig as deep as you might like. What you received was a head start for a new research habit. Your new challenge over the next few weeks is to reexamine the mentor texts from new angles. Whether you brushed the surface or submerged yourself in each mentor text, you are a winner! We hope you know that, and also that you will continue to win big by researching deeper.
And now, our bonus winners! As you know, the 2018 team offered various prizes throughout the month. The drawing results are in and the winners have been emailed.
Mary Worley and Stephen Martin
Winners of Marcie Flinchum Atkins Mentor Texts for Writers eBook
Winner of a 30 minute Skype with Matthew Winner
Winner of a 15-30 minute Skype with Baptiste Paul
Winner of You Nest Here with Me (by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple) from Heidi Stemple
Winner of a cover letter of pitch critique from Keila Dawson
Winner of The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall by and from Kirsti Call
Carol Gordon Ekster
Winner of One Plastic Bag (by Miranda Paul) from Carrie Charley Brown
Winner of Pick a Pine Tree by and from Patricia Toht
Winner of I Have a Balloon by and from Ariel Berstein
Susan Johnston Taylor
Winner of Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! by and from Andrea J. Loney
Winner of Twilight Chant (by Holly Thompson/Jen Betton) from Janie Reinart
Winner of a Submission Pass from agent Jenna Pocius
Winner of an illustrator copy of Twilight Chant by and from Jen Betton
Winner of Maya Lin or Mela the Elephant by and from Dow Phumiruk
Winner of a picture book critique from Cindy Schrauben
Anne Louise Mahoney
Winner of a 3-book package by and from Salina Yoon
Winner of a picture book critique from editor Christina Pulles
Winner of Poppy's Best Paper and a clay illustrated book by and from Susan Eaddy
Angela De Groot
Winner of Aaron Becker's Trilogy and signed print from editor Mary Lee Donovan
Congratulations to all of the bonus prize winners and again to all participants for gaining new knowledge!
Final Call for Submissions
As mentioned in last week's check in post, we would love to feature your reviews and mentor text perspectives in the remaining weeks of April. Please send reviews no later than April 17. Our submissions address can be found here.
Our regular Tuesday blog schedule will start again in May:
Author Studies- Digging deep into takeaways behind an author's collective work
Featured Guests- Authors. Illustrators, Editors, Agents
Monthly Challenge- We challenge you (like ReFoReMo) to explore a featured element each month.
THINK QUICK interviews with Authors/Illustrators- Focus on underlying book themes
Thanks again for your participation and support!