Saturday, February 21, 2015

Reading for Research

If you want to write a picture book, the common advice is to immerse yourself in picture books and read, read, read!

I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I read. I average 180 books a year, but only a few stand out to me. Here are my favorites for 2014-2015:





These are the books that I connected with. I want to write a story that will become a favorite for readers. 
I want to write a story with characters that readers will think about long after they put down the book. 
I want to write a story that touches the heart of readers whether it tickles their funny bone or pull at their heartstrings, like what these books did for me!

Studying picture books such as these will make you write a better story. How? 


http://www.carriecharleybrown.com/what-is-reforemo.html


Reading for Research Month or ReFoReMo, the brainchild of Carrie Charley Brown! 


"The ReFoReMo challenge was founded to help picture book writers reform writing by reading and researching mentor texts. The challenge is supported by author-educators...It is necessary to read a wide variety of picture books to truly understand the form, the market, and the craft of writing them. The goal of ReFoReMo is to build reading background while learning how to use mentor texts." ~Carrie Charley Brown

It is a FREE online study group designed to help writers understand the structure of picture books and what makes a story stand out. They have a spectacular line-up of guest bloggers to assist writers in their research. I'm definitely going to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge offered by ReFoReMo.




Join me and together let's unlock the secrets to writing a great book! 




You can sign up for the Reading for Research Month Challenge here



Designed by Lori Nawyn


I'm a proud participant of ReFoReMo

Happy Research!

     
     
       
      

10 comments:

  1. I like keeping track on Goodreads, too...if only I remember to go back and look. LOL! I'll have to sign up for Carrie's challenge. I'm reading mentor texts all the time anyway. :)

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    1. Good for you, Teresa! See you at ReFoReMo!

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  2. What a great idea to have a "Reading for Research Month". (And fun to see Goodnight, Ark in your montage of favs! Thanks.) Happy reading!

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    1. You are very welcome, Laura! I finally got to read your book and it was great!

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  3. Hey, pal of mine. I miss you since I'm not doing 12 x 12. I am bookmarking your blog. Carrie mentioned her challenge. I'm just not sure I have time for it. I have SO MUCH on my plate. Christopher might have to have surgery. :( xoxo

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    1. Wishing Christopher a speedy recovery, but hope he doesn't need sx. Take care, Pal!

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  4. I'm pretty pumped that I bought a "Brilliant Reader Book Log" from Target last year.Yeah, it's like for kids and stuff, but it's still a perfect took to write down my PB research.

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    1. I'm going to have to look into that book log, Lauri! I'm overwhelmed with the book list right now.

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  5. I am sorry I did not see this sooner, Romelle! Thanks for the shout out. I am so happy ReFoReMo inspired so many, including you, and will continue to do so all year long. :) We are family!

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    1. You are welcome! Planning on blogging about how ReFoReMo transformed my reading. Look out for it soon!

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