As picture book writers, it is necessary to read heaps and gobs of picture books to truly understand the form, the market, and the craft of writing them. This challenge will be a place to build your reading background with current widely recommended picture books, research, learn how to use mentor texts, and share GREAT picture book models. Each day of the first week will feature longer guest posts from established author-educators. Guests will share ten model picture book titles and tips on how to use the texts to grow as a writer. During this first week, you will begin checking out titles from the library.
The following three weeks will be reading weeks, with super short guest author posts of 5 additional picture book recommendations per day. Our big goal will be to read five picture books per day, enabling us to read 105 titles during this time frame. Of course, emphasis will be on quality rather than quantity. It is true that the more you read, the better you will learn the market. However, some of us will want to spend more time with certain books than others while we research. You will find overlap in the recommendations. This is a very good thing! I've learned to follow the recommendations that I see multiple times, and it has led me to research gold!
The last week of ReFoReMo will be focused on finishing, sharing, and celebration. The biggest reward will be the research and knowledge you gain for your writing. But, there will also be prize drawings, as well. In addition, there will be a private Facebook Group for sharing research revelations, progress, and start discussions about books.
I am very excited to share this time with you and I encourage you to subscribe in the sidebar for additional updates. Registration opens February 15. You can find the author-educators and enter the sharing contest giveaway here. If you have a question, feel free to leave me a comment here. See you soon!