Another pile of books for ReFoReMo!

Gosh, I love any excuse to read!  Wednesday evening I made a second trip to the library for another load of picture books brought in for me. Fourteen more. I  now have twenty-eight of the books I’m to be reading for ReFoReMo. Gotta love it! 

15 in batch 2

Have you read any of these?

  • Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali
  • Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace and LeUyen Pham
  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
  • How To Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley
  • Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
  • Ask Me by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee
  • Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
  • Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
  • Yard Sale by Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo
  • Mine! by Shutta Crum and Patrice Barton
  • That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
  • Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
  • Uh-Oh! by Shutta Crum and Patrice Barton

Several weeks ago I’d donated a poster to my grandson’s school’s library, a poster of an artist’s painting. Yesterday the librarian sent a book with my little guy for him to show me. She thought I’d like to see it because it is about that renowned artist – Ted Harrison! My grandson brought it by tonight and we read it together since he has reading homework every night.

This is the book, and next is my favourite of his paintings in it.

A Brush Full of Colour. The World of Ted HarrisonTed Harrison's painting












I used to want to paint. I liked to sketch and draw. Last year I even started to sketch a little again and got tips from an illustrator, but I don’t know how to fit that creative study into my life right now. Maybe one day … eventually … once I have books to illustrate or I’m on a writing pause so I can pursue that study.  🙂

What creative study have you wished to pursue and haven’t yet? Or maybe you have, so what led you to do it?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂


9 responses to “Another pile of books for ReFoReMo!

  1. Thanks for reminding me about ReFoReMo. I’ve printed off the list of books on their site. I’ll never read them in a month, but I plan to work my way through them. I’d love to write picture books, but know that I have a lot to learn. This will be a fun way to find out if I have the mindset to write in this format. As for creative study, I started learning how to paint with water colours a long time ago, but haven’t gone back to it. I’m registering for a course in drawing and painting flowers this spring, so who knows what the future will bring? Hope you have a great day!


    • I’m realizing that writing picture books is harder than it seems, so having joined 12×12 and now ReFoReMo, I’m learning a lot.
      I’m glad you plan to read the list of books. It will help you decide if you want to try writing picture books. I’ve already discovered what type I wouldn’t be keen on attempting.
      I’m like a little kid lugging home a bag full of books from the library! 🙂 We get to borrow each book three weeks so I might renew some if they’re not on hold for someone else. It seems I might be the only writer in my area doing this challenge, so that makes it more likely for me to get all the books I need – or at least the ones they have in their catalogue (and there are some that aren’t.)
      Let me know what you think of the drawing course you are going to take. I think that would be fun.
      Thanks for sharing, Heather. 🙂

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      • Have fun with all your reading. What a lovely escape every day into a child’s colourful world. I’m looking forward to it. Such books weren’t around when I was little. Parents and children are so lucky today.


        • I am loving it. I’m sure you will, too, Heather.
          I agree about the fabulous books available now. It’s amazing, and there’s more to writing them than one may think. 🙂

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  2. This pile of books has some great stories!! A Brush Full of Colour, by my friend Margriet Ruurs, is a wonderful picture book. A great one to read with your grandson. Ted Harris is a favourite painter of mine too. Writing was the creative endeavour for me. It took me 60 years but I finally did it!


  3. I’d like to try my hand at composing music. I haven’t yet. Maybe someday…


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