Saturday, February 23, 2019

ReFoReMo Registration/Commenting Tip

Registration is under way, so we don't want to deter you from that. We wanted to offer a quick tip to those of you that are having trouble commenting on the blog posts. Even as your founder, I had trouble replying to blog comments and one simple step helped solve that problem: enabling third party cookies on my browser. For example, I am using Chrome as my browser. Take note, I am not the techiest of people and therefore, I learned how others solved the same problem. This post lists many different browsers and how to enable the cookies needed. This post talks about why Blogger relies on them. If you want to be eligible for prizes at the end of ReFoReMo, you will want to comment on every blog post. Therefore, we hope the extra information helps you!

Now, back to registration:


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

ReFoReMo 2019 Registration

ReFoReMo 2019 is officially open for registration! We are excited to celebrate the reading-writing connection for the 5th year of this annual challenge. 

ReFoReMo is all about extracting the elements of writing through someone else's professional perspective. We follow a reading list, but the follow-through is what counts the most. From March 1-March 28, you will be presented with 20 different ways to focus on more than 105 mentor texts. As you read, you may come across the same mentor text more than once, but have the opportunity to study it in a new light. Particular elements may apply to you personally more than others. That may lead you to study additional mentor texts that are not on the list. Hooray, we say! Hooray! 

So, what do you think? Do you accept the challenge? If so, please read and follow the guidelines below to register. If you have questions about the steps, please refer them to our ReFoReMo Facebook group. Our members consist of many veteran ReFoReMo-ers who can help, plus the admin team is there to help, too. 

1.   If you have not already, subscribe to this ReFoReMo blog by entering your email address into the opt-in box on the right-hand side. A Feedburner Email Subscription box will pop up. Type the captcha code listed at the bottom of the box and submit.  You will receive an email verification link in your inbox. Click the link to activate your subscription. This will enable you to receive the daily challenge posts as emails.

2.    At the bottom of this post, find the comment box. (If you already receive ReFoReMo posts in your inbox, you must click the title of the post first. That will take you to the website where our challenge takes place.) Enter your FIRST and LAST NAME in the comment box. Click on the "Publish" button. If you experience difficulty commenting, go to the ReFoReMo Facebook group. (You must request to be admitted to the private group. Please be patient.) Find the registration post pinned to the top of our wall. Enter your FIRST and LAST name in that comment thread. Note: Registration is accepted through Monday, March 4. 

3.   The ReFoReMo Facebook group  was designed to build community and host discussions about picture books as mentor texts. We encourage you to discuss the perspectives and mentor texts as you read. Note: We understand that sometimes certain mentor texts are hard to find. However, we cannot support sharing video readings that break copyright laws. Look for readings created by the publisher or author before sharing those links in our group. 

4.    Many of our presenters are generously offering prizes. They will be revealed during the posts. To be eligible, you must be registered, make efforts to consistently research mentor texts, and comment on every blog post from March 1-March 30. You must be on the blog to comment. Please do not reply to the posts via email.  We are on the honor system and therefore you will not need to post your results anywhere. To keep things simple, we will have only one Rafflecopter to enter on March 29 from which all winners will be drawn.

5.    You may post the ReFoReMo badge on your site or social media. Please link it back to this address:

Lori Nawyn
When March 1st rolls around, it's go time! Read the posts and book recommendations. Take notes on how this applies to your writing needs. We don't have posts on the weekends, so feel free to use that time to catch up or just rest. Utilize our research tools and start discussions in our Facebook Group. We are excited to share this educational experience with you and we hope it makes a difference in your writing!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ReFoReMo 2019 Reading List

Are you excited for ReFoReMo 2019? We are, and we want you to have a chance
to start reserving your books! Grab your library card and get comfy at the computer.
It's time to get book loopy! Registration opens next week!

ReFoReMo 2019 Reading List

Friday, March 1: (Day 1) Coordinators Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call:

Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos and T. L. McBeth
Sterling, Best Dog Ever, by Aidan Cassie 
Giraffe Problems, by Jory John  
The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson 
Rot, the Cutest in the World by Ben Clanton
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola

March 4 (Day 2) Literary Advocate Susannah Richards
 Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018)
Thank You Omu by Oge Mora (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018)
The Wall in The Middle of the Book by Jon Agee (Dial Books, 2018)
Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet by Curtis Manley and by Jessica Lanan 
Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by John Holyfield 
The Rough Patch by Brian Lies (Greenwillow, 2018)
The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol (Roaring Brook, 2019)
 Fox + Chick: The Party by Sergio Ruzzier (Chronicle Books, 2018)
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian Pura Belpré by Anika Denisea and Paola Escobar 

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick, 2017)

March 5 (Day 3) Author Jamie Deenihan: Second Person
Jean Reagan:
How to Babysit a Grandpa (2012)
How to Babysit a Grandma (2014)
How to Catch Santa, How to Surprise a Dad (2015)
How to Get Your Teacher Ready, How to Raise a Mom (2017)
How to Scare a Ghost (2018)
Books by Elise Parsley:
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! (2015)
If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! (2016)
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! (2017)
If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don’t! (2018)
Books written by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by John Rocco:
How to Train Your Train (2013)
How to Track a Truck (2016)
Books written by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Goro Fujita:
Your Alien (2015)
Your Alien Returns (2016)
Books written by Julie Glassman, illustrated by Andy Elkerton:
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library (2016)
Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner (2017)
Books written by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott:
There’s a Monster in Your Book (2017)
There’s a Dragon in Your Book (2018)
Be Glad Your Dad is Not an Octopus by Matthew Logelin and Sara Jensen illustrated by Jared Chapman
If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
You Don’t Want a Unicorn  by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo
Teach Your Giraffe to Ski  by Viviane Elbee, illustrated by Danni Gowdy
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish  by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Dragons Get Colds Too by Rebecca Roan, illustrated by Charles Santosa

March 6 (Day 4) Author/Library Media Specialist Marcie Flinchum Atkins: First and Last Lines

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs:
The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation
by Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe
Sun! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty and Stevie Lewis
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault
The Boo-Boo’s That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!)
by Barry Wittenstein and Chris Hsu
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented
by Tanya Lee Stone and Steven Salerno
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
by Patricia Valdez and Felicita Sala
Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America’s Children
by Monica Kulling and Julianna Swaney
Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
by Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport
The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Melina Mangal and Luisa Uribe

March 7 (Day 5) Author Heidi Stemple: Story Voice

Owl Moon: by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
Marvelous Cornelius: by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra
Jamberry: by Bruce Degen
Time for Bed: by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jane Dyer
One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes
7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Maya Was Grumpy by Courtney Pippin-Mathur

March 8 (Day 6) Author/Library Media Specialist Matthew Winner: Meaning
Born Bad by C K Smouha and Stephen Smith
Super Satya Saves the Day by Raakhee Mirchandani and Tim Palin
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel and Shane W. Evans
Finn's Feather by Rachel Noble and Zoey Abbott
My Heart by Corinna Luyken
Iver and Ellsworth by Casey W. Robinson and Melissa Larson
Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields and Yesenia Moises
The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome
The Real Boat by Victoria Semykina and Marina Aromshtam

March 11 (Day 7) Literary Agent Emma Sector: Onomatopoeia
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Prickly Hedgehog by Jane McGuinness
Dragons Love Tacos and Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmeri
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Click, Clack, PEEP, by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

March 12 (Day 8)  Literary Advocate Mia Wenjen: Biography Arcs
The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon
by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee and Susanna Chapman
Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life by Joan Schoettler, illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner
Magic Ramen: The Story of MomofuAndo by Andrea Wang and Kana ku Urbanowicz
A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alice Faye Duncan and Xia Gordon
Away With Words: The Daring Story of Isabella Bird by Lori Mortensen and Kristy Caldwell

March 13 (Day 9) Author Christy Mihaly: Titles (and Subtitles)
THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY: The Creation of Diamonds & the Life of H. Tracy Hall
By Hannah Holt, illustrated by Jay Fleck
LISTEN: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing.
By Leda Schubert, illustrated by Raúl Colón
MARTí’S SONG FOR FREEDOM: Martí y sus versos por la libertad.
By Emma Otheguy, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal, translation by Adriana Domínguez
PASS GO AND COLLECT $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented.
By Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Steven Salerno
THIRTY MINUTES OVER OREGON: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story
By Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Melissa Iwai

March 14 (Day 10) Author/Illustrator Ryan T. Higgins: Humor

Exploring Calvin and Hobbes (Comic) by Bill Watterson  
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora
Bob, not Bob! by Audrey Vernick and Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
The Cookie Fiasco (Early reader) by Dan Santat

March 15 (Day 11) Author Janie Reinart: Unexpected  
Finn's Feather by Rachel Noble
P is for Pterodactyl  by Raj Haldar & Chris Carpenter
The Rough Patch by Brian Lies
Hey-Ho to Mars we'll go! by Susan Lendroth
Bugs Don't Hug by Heather L. Montgomery

March 18 (Day 12) Editor Julie Bliven- Charlesbridge: Inclusion
I’m New Here, Anne Sibley O’Brien
Snug by Carol Thompson
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld   
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev  

March 19 (Day 13) Author Ruth Spiro: Connections
ALLIE ALL ALONG by Sarah Lynne Reul
DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR by Sharee Miller
MAKING A FRIEND by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Alison Friend
I AM THE BOSS OF THIS CHAIR by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Marisa Morea
THE DRESS AND THE GIRL by Camille Andros, illustrated by Julie Morstad

March 20 (Day 14) Author Cindy Schrauben: Focusing on the Forest
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAB by Sue Fliess and Petros Bouloubasis
ALBIE NEWTON by Josh Funk and Esther Garay
DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE by Laura Sassi and Rebecca Gerlings
THE DRAGON AND THE NIBBLESOME KNIGHT by Elli Woolland and Benji Davies
ZOG AND THE FLYING DOCTORS by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS By Diana Murray and Yuyi Chen

March 21 (Day 15) Editor/Author Emma Walton Hamilton: Breaking the Rules
Little Brown (Marla Frazee)  
I Will Not Eat You (Adam Lehrhaupt, Scott Magoon)
The Stuff of Stars (Mariod Dane Bauer, Ekua Holmes)
The Iridescence of Birds (Patricia MacLachlan, Hadley Hooper)  
I Need a New Bum (Dawn McMillan, Ross Kinaird)
Monsters New Undies (Samantha Berger, Tad Carpenter)

March 22 (Day 16) Author Keila Dawson: Diversity
UNDER MY HIJAB is written by Hena Khan
A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR by author-illustrator Grace Lin
THANK YOU OMU author-illustrator Oge Mora
JULIÁN IS A MERMAID author-illustrator Jessica Love

March 25 (Day 17) Editor Charlotte Wenger- Page Street Press: Emotion  
Boats for Papa, written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
The Rabbit Listened, written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
Ida, Always, by Caron Levis, illustrated by Charles Santoso
My Heart, written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken
The Remember Balloons, by Jessie Oliveros, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte

March 26 (Day 18) Author Kim Chaffee: Biographies
BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome
THE WILLIAM HOY STORY by Nancy Churnin and Jez Tuya
By Diane Stanley and Jessie Hartland
MARGARET AND THE MOON by Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley
by Jess Keating and Marta Alvarez Miguens

March 27 (Day 19) Author Michelle Houts: Quiet
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by The Fan Brothers
Hello, Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
The Darkest Dark written by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

March 28 (Day 20) Deborah Sloan: Big Issues

Marwan’s Journey by Patricia de Arias, illustrated by Laura Borràs
Hazelnut Days by Emmanuel Boudier
Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture by Joshua David Stein, and Julia Rothman
Nests by Pepe Márquez; illustrated by Natalia Colombo

March 29 (Day 21) Carrie and Kirsti