ReFoReMo Mission

The ReFoReMo Challenge, or Reading for Research Month Challenge, was founded in 2015 to help picture book writers reform writing by reading and researching mentor texts in the month of March.  The challenge is supported by author-educators and a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction picture book recommendations.

It is necessary to read a wide variety of picture books to truly understand the form, the market, and the craft of writing them.  The goal of ReFoReMo is to build reading background while learning how to use mentor texts. 
After reading the daily author-educator posts, participants will read picture books and apply the things they learn to their own writing. In the month of March, the big goal will be to read on a daily basis, aiming for five each day and a total of 105 picture books. However, emphasis will be on quality rather than quantity. Consistency is key.  Some writers will want to spend more time with certain books than others while researching.
Registration for the ReFoReMo challenge opens each year on February 15 and closes on March 1. Fully registered participants will have an opportunity to enter prize drawings at the conclusion of ReFoReMo. Our private Facebook Group is open to all picture book writers and illustrators. This is where we share literary revelations and start picture book/blog post discussions.

Weekly blog posts continue throughout the year and offer consistent mentor text support.

Regular Reading for Research Blog Schedule (April-January) will include:

Revealing ReFoReMo or Author Study  
Featured Guests- Authors. Illustrators, Editors, Agents
Monthly Challenge- Similar to a ReFoReMo post, we will choose one element to feature each month.
THINK QUICK interviews with Authors/Illustrators- Focuses on underlying book themes

ReFoReMo challenge registration and preposts begin in February.  ReFoReMo Challenge posts run February 26-March 31.

To subscribe for updates, look for the opt-in form on the right. Participants have deemed ReFoReMo as a detailed, hands-on, month-long class for picture books writers. It
will always be a free event and provide continued education year-round. Since it requires a great deal of our time and energy, we ask that you consider supporting our books and services, which are linked at the bottom of this page. We are thrilled to have you as part of our ReFoReMo family and want to continue offering great content and education. Your support makes that possible. Thank you!

Best wishes on your quest for learning and
welcome to the ReFoReMo Community!

Carrie & Kirsti

Carrie's literary services include critiques, book trailers, and social media marketing. Click HERE for more information.
Kirsti's book, THE RAINDROP WHO COULDN'T FALL, can be purchased HERE.