Laura Jenkins

Avid Reader & Writer of Children's Books


Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Reading for Research Month Challenge

CarrieCHarleyBrownAuthor, Carrie Charley Brown from the blog Carrie On… Together! has put together REFOREMO, Reading for Research Month Challenge. It’s a month long challenge supported by authors, illustrators and librarians for fiction and non-fiction picture book recommendations.

This challenge is really a way for other authors and aspiring authors to study the craft of picture books and to find some mentor texts that help each of us along the way.  For information about the REFOREMO challenge please visit Carrie’s website to find a list of author suggested books, as well as, other information.

The goal for participants is to read five books a day and apply the daily author/educator lessons to each book. Below is the list of books that I have chosen, along with suggestions from the group, to use as my mentor texts. I’ve tried to choose books that were printed in 2012 or after, but a few did slip through that are older. :) As I read over the list, I can’t help but think there are some books missing from the list; I’ll add them as I remember.

Feathers Not Just For Flying
by Melissa Stewart

Sophie’s Squash
by Pat Zietlow Miller

Bridget’s Beret
by Tom Lichtenheld

Duck, Duck, Moose!
by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Being Frank ReFoReMoWinner
by Donna W. Earnhardt

Me Want Pet!
by Tammi Sauer

Alley Oops
by Janice Levy

If You Decide to go to the Moon
by Faith McNulty

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Maddi’s Fridge
by Lois Brandt

This is a Moose
by Richard T. Morris

Count the Monkeys
by Mac Barnett

One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo

Z is for Moose
by Kelly Bingham

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by Joyce Sidman

Froggy’s Best Babysitter
by Jonathan London

Have I Got a Book For You
by Melanie Watt

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
by Sherri Duskey Rinker

A Home For Bird
by Philip C. Stead

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
by Barb Rosenstock

The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig

A Leaf Can Be…
by Laura Purdie Salas

Bad Dog, Flash
by Ruth Paul

My Teach is a Monster (No I’m Not)
by Peter Brown

Ninja Red Riding Hood
by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Mostly Monsterlyteapartyrules
by Tammi Sauer

Ollie and Claire
by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

One Dark Night
by Lisa Wheeler

byVictoria Kann

I Wanna Go Home
by Karen Kaufman Orloff

I Wanna New Room
by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Oliver and his Alligator
by Paul Schmid

Chengdu Would Not, Could Not, Fall Asleep
by Barney Saltzberg

Good Boy, Fergus!
by David Shannon

by Salina Yoon

The Jacket
by Kirsten Hall

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip Stead

Llama Llama Home With Mama
by Anna Dewdney

Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure
by Doreen Cronin

You Are Not My Friend, But I Miss YouGiraffesCantDance
by Daniel Kirk

Just Ducks
by Nicola Davies

by Denise Fleming

Sebastian and the Balloon
by Philip Stead

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
by Laura Numeroff

Are You a Bee?
by Judy Allen

Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman
by Esme Raji Codell

No Monkeys, No Chocolate
by Melissa Stewart

On a Beam of Light
by Jennifer Berne

The Dark
by Lemony Snicket

Nana in the City
by Lauren Castillo

One Tiny Turtle
by Nicola Davies

Surprising Sharksthreeninjapigs
by Nicola Davies


Storm Is Coming
by Heather Tekavec

Rupert Can Dance
by Jules Feiffer

I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!
by Jill Esbaum

Toucan Can!
by Juliette Maclver

Click, Clack, Peep!
by Doreen Cronin

Cowboy Christmas
by Rob Sanders

A Visitor for Bear
by Bonny Becker

Max and the Won’t Go To Bed Show
by Mark Sperring

Betty Bunny Love Chocolate Cake
by Michael Kaplan

Peppa Pig and the Day at Snowy Mountain
by Candlewick Press

I’m My Own Dog
by David Ezra Stein

Blue on Blue
by Dianne White

Duck for President
by Doreen Cronin

Cheetah Can’t Lose
by Bob Shea

Railroad Hanksylvie
by Lisa Moser

Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett

Platypus Probably

Nugget and Fang
by Tammi Sauer

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay
by Cari Best

Jeremy’s Dreidel
by Ellie Gellman

Up, Tall and High
by Ethan Long

Monster School
by Dave Keane

by Jennifer Sattler

Clark the Shark
by Bruce Hale

Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem
by Mac Barnett

Turkey Trouble
by Wendi Silvano

Wet Dog
by Elise Broach

Cowpoke Clyde and the Dirty Dawg
by Lori Mortensen

A Little Princess Story: I Want to Go Home
by Tony Ross


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