At the conclusion of ReFoReMo, I challenged you to write a diverse picture book. (View the challenge and additional recommendations HERE.) As mentioned in the post, diversity presents itself in many forms. I would eventually like to write several new diverse picture books. However, for this challenge, I focused my current efforts toward revising one that I had already written. Since my main character struggles to overcome a speaking disorder, I am studying The Boy and The Jaguar as my main mentor text. The rest relies on life experiences, disorder research, and continued reading of diverse mentor texts. I am still transitioning this story to include the just-right words and proper awareness of the disorder. Therefore, I’d like to extend our diverse writing challenge into next month, as well. How are YOU doing on your diverse writing goals?
Additional Picture Book Recommendations
By Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson
A DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT: ONE BALLERINA’S DREAM
By Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper
MUMBET’S DAY OF INDEPENDENCE
By Gretchen Woelfle and Alix Delinois
ONE PLASTIC BAG: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia
By Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon
DEEP IN THE SAHARA
By Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi
Do you have mentor text questions? Please leave them in the comment section and I will address a select few in each week's "Ask Carrie" post.
Carrie Charley Brown is the founder and administrator of ReFoReMo, a research challenge and blog for picture book writers. She is a professional critique mentor with an editorial eye, a picture book writer, kidlit video producer, writing coach, and guest blogger on various sites such as Writer's Rumpus and Kids Are Writers. In addition to ReFoReMo, she runs a separate blog, Carrie On...Together, which features THINK QUICK and Mystery Author interviews each month. She was a 2014 CYBILS fiction picture book panelist and an elementary teacher. You can follow her writing journey right here on this site.