Free Resource for Researching Mentor Texts!!!
If you write for children and are not participating in ReFoReMo (Reading For Research Month) you should be! Registration closed yesterday, but you can still follow along, you just won’t be eligible for prizes.
ReFoReMo was founded in 2015 by Carrie Charley Brown . Carrie is a children’s writer, teacher and offers critique services. Carrie started ReFoReMo with a mission: to help picture book writers transform their writing by reading and researching mentor texts.
For writers to truly understand the craft of writing, the “nuts & bolts” of picture books and the children’s book market, one must read a wide variety of picture books. By participating, you can build a library of knowledge from studying the texts.
I’ve participated in ReFoReMo for the last 3 years. I use a composition notebook to keep a list of the recommended l texts with notes on layout, the writing style, opening lines, plot, etc. Over the years, I’ve refered to my trusty notebook when looking for a mentor text.
I strongly recommend you participate in the blog posts and readings to help your writing!