Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Carrie Charley Brown's inaugural ReFoReMo challenge is going on even as I write. I've been delinquent in sharing this with you, partly due to the good news I hinted at. Fortunately, it's not too late to catch Carrie's blog and all the great advice she's compiled. 

The basic idea of Carrie's ReFoReMo (Reading For Research Month) is to use picture books as text books. Well, I don't need much of an excuse to read more picture books, so I've loved it. One of my favorite recent picture books is Sophie's Squash (see video above) by Pat Zietlow Miller--unique concept, tightly plotted and an endearing MC. 

As for the good news, suffice it to say we're on the cusp of developing something truly incredible in my new home. 

Have a great week.


  1. I've always said reading your genre is the best form of research. :)

  2. That is such a cute pb. And yeah, reading pb's isn't painful at all. =) Can't wait to hear what this good news is!

  3. I LOVE the concept of using picture books as textbooks, Johnell. I did this often when I taught 3rd grade. Also, I am so happy to know what ReFoReMo is--I came upon this term yesterday and couldn't figure it out. How wonderful!!

    1. I'm so glad. It's a great challenge. I only wish I had the time to take full advantage of it.