The challenge has ended, sort of. ReFoReMo may be over in one way, but I have a lot of work to do yet. On our own we were to read through each book and then analyze it – study how each was written, observe the POV and universal theme, choose our favourite line, write a little about the story’s main character, and more. It’s been educational for me to find out what is popular now, the many different types and themes of picture books, and the variety of ways to present stories. I’ve learned what type of book I’m not interested in writing and what style I’d like to try. A few I didn’t enjoy reading, a couple brought tears to my eyes, a few were educational and I learned fascinating things I didn’t know before; some stories were funny, a couple were hilarious (to me), and many were sweet stories in a variety of ways. This has been a great experience. (Thanks Carrie Charley Brown!)
I got more books from the library on Saturday and I’ve also started returning books. That’s the sad part.
Here are some of the latest ones I borrowed, I have a few others to photograph, and there are more on hold for me.
- Gravity by Jason Chin
- One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
BirthdayBattle Bunny by Jon Scieszka
- Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead
- How Hybrid Cars Work by Jennifer Swanson
- Sparky! by Jenny Offill
- A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey
- Wolfie the Bunny by Amy Dyckman
- if you want to see a whale by Julia Fogliano
- When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Locomotive by Brian Floca
I’ve read over eighty picture books through March because of Reading For Research Month, and I’m not done yet. That’s more books than I would normally read in a year! Some people have read many more than the 100 suggested, in only this month.
Now we’re learning from the special posts written for our further insight and inspiration. I’m so glad I did this, although now I’m behind in some other things I was doing – blogging and 12×12, to name only two. What I’ve gleaned through ReFoReMo should help in my writing though, so it’s all good.
On Sunday eleven of us shared Easter dinner at my dad’s, then I came home for my week off. I have a lot of reading, writing, revising to do and also publishing to finish! I am a writer and lovin’ it!
When is the last time you read a picture book to a child or for your own enjoyment?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!