With tons of picture book recommendations ready to fly off the shelf and into your home, you may find it helpful to be armed and ready with a library card during ReFoReMo. We recommend reserving the picture books at the library, and if you have access to online and inter-library loan features, even better. When the library doesn't have a new release, we visit our nearest bookstore and find a quiet spot to read. You Tube usually has a read-aloud of most picture books if you can't find a specific title at the library or book store. Also, picture book writers are a great resource. Get together (in-person or online) and share the book experience!
With so many participants from around the globe, we understand that you may not have access to a library or a bookstore with the most current books, or other picture book writers in your area. That's where your
ReFoReMo family comes in handy! Our Facebook group is a great place to put a call out for help. Please don't hesitate to ask questions, share insights and ideas about the recommended books, and collaborate with each other as you use each book as a mentor text to improve your writing skills!
No one expects you to run right out and buy the titles that are mentioned during the challenge. As picture book addicts, we know how tempting that might be. The goal of ReFoReMo is not to sell more picture books for authors and it’s not for us to share our favorites either. We're sure you’ll agree with us that we all have so many favorites that the list could fill a book on its own. A big one. We understand that the picture book market is filled with authors who deserve a shout out. But, that’s not really what this is about either. It is about the reading and research that goes into your craft. Learning how other authors have successfully used mentor texts to improve their writing can help us try new things, too. ReFoReMo is about the process of utilizing picture books as mentor texts. We look forward to growing together!
Our sharing contest is coming next week! Don't miss a chance to win some free picture books!
February 15: Registration opens
February 23: Reading list goes live on
February 27-29: PreReFoReMo: Starting off Strong
March 1-31: ReFoReMo!