Mentor Texts: What ReFoReMo Is All About

I know I’ve written about mentor texts before.  A mentor text gives you the opportunity to pattern your own work after some aspect of a published book.  You might study a mentor text to learn about how to develop your picture book characters, how to make use of page turns, or how to create a layered picture book text.

But as is the case with so many things, it can help to see the process in action.  If that’s the case for you, good news!   ReFoReMo starts on March 1.  ReFoReMo stands for Reading for Research Month and was founded by Carrie Charley Brown who now runs it with the help of Kirsti Call.

Throughout the month of March, picture book writers from around the world will read the selected picture books and discuss how each one can be used as a mentor text.  A variety of picture book authors, illustrators, librarians and other picture book savvy folk write blog posts showing how they use the texts.

What I like most about this is that someone always brings in books that I have never read.  They also use them in ways that I have never tried so it is a great way to gather techniques.

If this sounds like something that might be useful you can get started now:

The schedule of presenters/blog post writers can be found here.

Here is the list of books that will be used throughout the month.

And don’t forget to register.  Directions can be found here.  You have to register to be eligible for PRIZES.  Other eligibility requirements can also be found on this page.


For more on mentor texts, see Mentor Texts: Guiding Yourself through Writing a Picture Book. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a ton of library books to request.


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