Tuesday, February 9, 2021

ReFoReMo 2021 Reading List

Are you excited for ReFoReMo 2021?  We are, so we want you to have a chance to start reserving your books! Grab you library card, and get comfy at the computer. 

Registration opens next week!

ReFoReMo 2021 Reading List

Week One

March 1 ReFoReMo Day 1: Authors/Founders Kirsti Call and Carrie Charley Brown (Harmony-Musicality)

Saturday by Oge Mora

Swish! The High-Flying Alley-Ooping Harlem Globe Trotters by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Don Tate

No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History Edited by Keila V. Dawson, Lindsay Metcalf, and Jeanette Bradley, Illustrated by Jeanette Bradley

Mootilda’s Bad Mood by Kirsti Call and Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrations by Claudia Ranucci

Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison and Brianne Farley

Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Juana Martinez Neal

I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste & Miranda Paul

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Lights Out by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Susan Reagan

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith

March 2 ReFoReMo Day 2: Mentor Text Maven/Author Marcie Flinchum Atkins (Historical Fiction)

Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride written and illustrated by Joel Christian Gill

Emily Writes: Emily Dickinson and Her Poetic Beginnings by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Christine Davenier

At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, Illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre

Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of World War II by Alexandra Davis, Illustrated by Katie Hickey

The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman by Kathy Stinson, Illustrated by Marie Lafrance

Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by James E. Ransome

Francesco Tirelli’s Ice Cream Shop by Tamar Meir, Illustrated by Yael Albert

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Hubbard, Illustrated Oge Mora

Night Walk to the Sea: A Story About Rachel Carson, Earth’s Protector by Deborah Wiles, Illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Ruby’s Hope: A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of the Great Depression by Monica Kulling, Illustrated by Sarah Dvojack

March 3 ReFoReMo Day 3: Podcaster/Author Matthew Winner (First Lines)

What You Don't Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood by Anastasia Higginbotham

Luci Soars by Lulu Delacre

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith

Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis and Kenard Pak

The Boy and the Gorilla by Jackie Azúa Kramer and Cindy Derby

My Hair Is Magic! by M. L. Marroquin and Tonya Engel

From Archie to Zack by Vincent X. Kirsch

Outside, Inside by Leuyen Pham

I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Michaela Goade

I Am Darn Tough by Licia Morelli and Maine Diaz

March 4 ReFoReMo Day 4: Author Heidi E.Y. Stemple (Great Books)

Your Place In the Universe by Jason Chin

Birdsong by Julie Flett

When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox, by Jamie L.B. Deenihan, illustrated by 

We are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom, Illustrated by Michaela Goade

The Next President, By Kate Messner, illustrated by Adam Rex

You Matter, by Christian Robinson

Love Is Powerful, by Heather Dean Brewer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Your Name Is A Song, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Luisa Uribe

How to Find a Bird, by Jennifer Ward, Illustrated by Diana Sudyka

The Women Who Caught the Babies by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Daniel Minter


March 5 ReFoReMo Day 5: Literary Advocate Susannah Richards (books you may have missed in 2020)

Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez 

Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris, Illustrated by Ana Ramírez Gonzålez

Lift by Min Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat 

Chicken Little: The Real Totally True Tale by Sam Wedlich 

A New Green Day by Antoinette Ports 

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins Bigelow, illustrated by Luisa Uribe 

Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker, illustrated by April Harrison

The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann

Mabel: A Mermaid Fable by Rowboat Watkins 

Catch that Chicken! By Atinuke, illustrated by Angel Brooksbank 

The Wanderer by Peter Van Den Ende

Do I Have to Wear a Coat? A Journey Through the Seasons by Rachel Isadora 

Week Two

March 8 ReFoReMo Day 6: Literary Agent/Author Kaitlyn Sanchez (Structure)

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

I'm Trying to Love Math by Bethany Barton

How to Give Your Cat a Bath: In Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by John Martz 

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry, illustrated by Brittany Jackson

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

March 9 ReFoReMo Day 7: Author Traci Sorell (Narrative Non-fiction)

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas, written by Tonya Bolden and illustrated by Don Tate

Beatrix Potter, Scientist, written by Lindsay H. Metcalf and illustrated by Junyi Wu

Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist, written by Linda Skeers and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed A City Forever, written by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, written by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Natasha Donovan

March 10 ReFoReMo Day 8: Author/Illustrator Don Tate

Frida, by Jonah Winter

Wilma Unlimited, Kathleen Krull,

Tomas and the Library Lady, Pat Mora

Not Norman, Kelly Bennett

Anything by Eric Rohman, Giant Squid

March 11 ReFoReMo Day 9: Author Erin Dionne (Storytelling in Nonfiction)

Seven Golden Rings, Rajana LaRocca, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan  

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuko Ando, Andrea Wang, illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz

You’re Invited to a Moth Ball, Loree Griffin Burns, photos by Ellen Harasimowicz

We Are Grateful: Ostaliheliga, Tracey Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac

Dirt Cheap, Mark Hoffmann

March 12 ReFoReMo Day 10: Author Janie Reinart (Voice)

I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith.

Looking for Smile by Ellen Tarlow, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

How to Walk an Ant by Cindy Derby

We are Water Protectors by Carike Lindstrom, illustrated by MichaelaGoade

HoneyBee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming,  illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Week Three


March 15 ReFoReMo Day 11: Literary Agent/Author Joyce Sweeney (World View)

SAVING GRANDADDY’S STORIES by Shannon Hitchcock and Sophie Page 

V IS FOR VOTING by Kate Farrell and Caitlin Kuhwald 

SELENA, QUEEN OF TEJANO MUSIC by Sylvia Lopez and Paola Escobar 

LILLYBELLE A DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS, written by Joana Pastro and Jhon Ortiz 

COUNTING THE DAYS by Janeen Mason 

March 16 ReFoReMo Day 12: Author Todd Tarpley (Humor)


SMELL MY FOOT by Cece Bell




March 17 ReFoReMo Day 13: Author Hayley Barrett (Finishing Salt)

YOU ARE LIGHT by Aaron Becker

MAGIC RAMEN by Andrea Wang and Kana Urbanowicz

ADRIAN SIMCOX DOES NOT HAVE A HORSE by Marcy Campbell and Corinna Luyken


SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS by Rajani LaRocca and Archana Sreenivasan

March 18 ReFoReMo Day 14: Author Corey Rosen Schwartz (Onomatopoeia)

Cow Says Meow by Kirsti Call and Brandon James Scott

Noisy Night by Mac Barnett and Brian Biggs

The Thingity Jig by Kathleen Doherty and Krystina Litten

The Wonky Donky by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley.

March 19 ReFoReMo Day 15: Author Keila V. Dawson (Conservation, Preservation, and Climate Change)

We Are Water Protectors Lindstrom, Carole (Author) Goade, Michaela (Illustrator) 

Our House Is on Fire: Greta Thunberg's Call to Save the Planet, Jeanette Winter 

Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet by Nanette Heffernan (Author) and Bao Luu (Illustrator)

The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord  (Author), Julia Blattman (Illustrator) 

What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French (Author) 

Week Four

March 22  ReFoReMo Day 16: Literary Agent/Author Miranda Paul (Accessibility)

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie

Baby Loves Coding! By Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman and Isabel Greenberg

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutto 

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade


March 23  ReFoReMo Day 17: Author/Poet Carole Boston Weatherford (Language)

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated Ekua Holmes

Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Crown by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon James

March 24  ReFoReMo Day 18: Author Lauren Kerstein (Feelings)

I AM THE STORM by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple/ Illustrated by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell

PARKER LOOKS UP: AN EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry/ Illustrated by Brittany Jackson

I AM EVERY GOOD THING by Derrick Barnes/ Illustrated by Gordon C. James

DEAR EARTH… FROM YOUR FRIENDS IN ROOM 5 by Erin Dealey/ Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

THE REMEMBER BALLOONS by Jessie Oliveros/ Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte

March 25  ReFoReMo Day 19: Author Sue Ganz Schmitt (Vulnerability)

Can I Be Your Dog – by Troy Cummins 

Escargot --by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson

Julian is a Mermaid - by Jessica Love   

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui 

Take a Picture of Me James  Van Der Zee by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Keith Mallett 

March 26: ReFoReMo Day 20: Author Cindy Williams Schrauben (Humor)

Potato Pants by Laura Keller

The Bad Seed by Jory John, illustrated by Peter Oswald

Spring Stinks by Ryan T. Higgins

Bob Not Bob! by Audrey Vernick & Liz Garton Scanlon , illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Week Five

March 29: ReFoReMo Day 21: Author/Librarian Kathy Halsey (Illustrations)

Cubs in a Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper - Candace Fleming, illustrator Julie Downing

No Fuzzball - Isabella King, author-illustrator

Polar Bear Island - Lindsay Bonilla, illustrator Cinta Villalobos

Open the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book – Keila V. Dawson, illustrator Alleanna Harris

Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See - Megan Dowd Lambert

March 30: ReFoReMo Day 22: Author Joana Pastro (Onomatopoeia)

CAN U SAVE THE DAY by Shannon Stocker/ Illustrated by Tom Disbury

THE LITTLE BLUE COTTAGE by Kelly Jordan/ Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

TWO BICYCLES IN BEIJING by Teresa Robeson/ Illustrated by Junyi Wu

ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT by Lauren H. Kerstein/ Illustrated by Nate Wragg

WOOD, WIRE, WINGS by Kirsten W. Larson/ Illustrated by Tracy Subisak


  1. Looking forward to signing up for ReFoReMo again this year!

  2. Thank you to all who put this together! This will be my 3rd year participating and it makes March such a fun month :)

  3. Looking forward to this. Thank you to all:)

  4. Whoo-hoo! I better get busy. Our libraries are closed, so all requests must be online! Thanks!

  5. Thanks so much this will be my first time participating. What an amazing list.

  6. Great list and great contributors, looking forward to it!

  7. Can it be March already? Fabulous list, and awesome guest bloggers!!

  8. Fantastic list! I look forward to March and ReFoReMo every year. Thank you for putting this together!!

  9. So excited. Great books. Can't wait!

  10. I know what books I’ll be reading. 📚

  11. Looking forward to ReFoReMo! Awesome list :)

  12. Thanks. Got my list, now I just need my books. See you next week!

  13. Hi Carrie & Kirsti - Would one of you clarify the last line shown below, please? Thanks.

    March 10 ReFoReMo Day 8: Author/Illustrator Don Tate

    Frida, by Jonah Winter
    Wilma Unlimited, Kathleen Krull,
    Tomas and the Library Lady, Pat Mora
    Not Norman, Kelly Bennett
    Anything by Eric Rohman, Giant Squid

    1. It confused me too. But, it literally means anything that Eric Rohmann illustrates or writes. He illustrated Giant Squid.

    2. Thank you, Laura. That's all I could figure out, too. Sorry, I replied long ago but it hadn't posted!

  14. This is my first time here and I think I understand how things work but may need some more information along the way. I'm not getting books from the library-I'm in a high risk group and not sure it's totally safe right now. I have lots of books here that I can use, not sure if I have the right number but I will count! Looking forward to this.

  15. Looks like a great list! When the driveway thaws, I'll be on my way to the library.

  16. Getting organized for #ReFoReMo! It was a hoot putting all these books on hold and maxing out my book limit. The kids and I are super excited!

  17. Lots of interesting books. Can’t wait.

  18. This will be my first time doing this, its a great idea and I will do my best to get the books at our local smallish library. If I cannot find them all I will improvise.

  19. so much to read, looking forward to it

  20. I am a first time Reforemoer and very excited to learn via the mentor texts! :)

  21. This is just what I need. Thanks! Excited to get started.

  22. I had fully intended in joining and thought I had, but I see another comment of mine didn't post either. Oh well, I am reading the books anyway because I love it.

  23. I recently discovered Matthew Winner's podcast and am a huge fan! I clung to every word on this post. First lines are so crucial to inviting the reader into the story.