Reading List

Our presenters will use the following picture books during ReFoReMo 2017. Once each educational post is live, we will link the headings directly to each post, as well. You will see some repeat titles here. When digging deep into mentor texts, you will learn by looking at them from many different perspectives and angles. Education will soon follow, so start reserving your books now! ReFoReMo is almost here!

Day 1 (Feb 27) Marcie Flinchum Atkins- Reader Engagement
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

Day 2 (Feb 28) Matthew Winner- The Power of Words
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

Day 3 (March 1) Laurie Keller- Humor
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

Day 4 (March 2) Heidi Stemple
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

Day 7 (March 6) Meredith Mundy
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

Day 8 (March 7) Bridget Heos
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

Day 9 (March 8) Nancy Churnin
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

Day 10 (March 9) Wendi Silvano
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

Day 11 (March 10) Nina Laden
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

Day 12 (March 11) Kirsti Call
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

Day 14 (March 14) Caron Levis
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

Day 15 (March 15) Linda Vanderheyden
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

Day 16 (March 16) Kelly DiPucchio
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

Day 17 (March 17) Katey Howes
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

Day 18 (March 18) Keila Dawson
Reflection Questions only- No Mentor Texts

March 19- Day of rest

Day 19- (March 20) Danielle Smith
The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic and Olivier Tallec
Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root and Alison Friend

Day 20 (March 21) Vivian Kirkfield
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

Day 21 (March 22) Rebecca Hirsch
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

Day 22 (March 23) Jessixa Bagley
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

Day 23 (March 24) Yolanda Scott
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 24 (March 25) Reflection post- Janie

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) Jodell Sadler
Leo A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
There’s A Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach
Brave Girl, Clara and the Shirtwaist Maker’s Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel and Melissa Sweet
Flight School by Lita Judge

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


  1. Whew! My fingers are sore from cut and paste and ordering online! Good new, I've got everything ordered.... so far!

  2. Thanks so much for such a well organized challenge! Ready, willing...and excited!!

  3. Thank you for this list. Can't wait to get my hands on these babies!

  4. Thank you! Getting my book bag ready! :D Wheeeeeee!!!!

  5. At least I already have some on the book list! Guess I'll be plopping my butt down in the book store haha.

  6. Already started collecting books for the list. :) Thank you Carrie and Kirsti for posting it.

  7. thanks for posting the list. I see some favorites already.

  8. Great list, I'm excited to get started! Is Day 5 going to have mentor texts?

  9. Thank you for the list :) I'm working it!

  10. A bit behind, but ready for the challenge!

  11. I adored Mother Bruce and laughed out loud at Memoirs of a Goldfish!This list of books is so much fun.