Quick shout out to the ReFoReMo peeps, who are feverously reading mentor picture books. Even if you aren't actively participating, I suggest you take a peek at the official blog for amazing tips on how published books can make you a better writer. (Link is at the bottom of this post)
Unlike the Read For Research Month faculty – who will tell you about books they've already read, this blog post is about books I plan to read – my To Be Read list.
Why analyze a TBR list?
Before you even crack the cover of a book, it's a good idea to note what drew you to it. Here are some picture books that I will be reading for St. Patrick's Day:
Because of the Title
HOW TO CATCH A LEPRECHAUN by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton brought to mind all the many leprechaun traps school kids have made over the years. So many inventive traps! This book seems to be a fun way to celebrate the tradition.
Because of the Theme
When I saw THE NIGHT BEFORE ST. PATRICK'S DAY by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer, I knew I was in for a delightful holiday mashup. This one sounds like Christmas + St. Patrick's Day. Can't wait!
Because of the Author
Because I am already in love Eve Bunting's work, her ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN THE MORNING with Jan Brett went on my TBR right away.
Because of the Art
Though ST. PATRICK'S DAY by Anne F. Rockwell had a similar title to so many other St. Patrick's Day picture books, the art on the cover earned this one a spot on my TBR list.
Because of the Concept
I'm a sucker for holiday concept books, and I know Salina Yoon will do it justice with her ST. PATRICK'S DAY COUNTDOWN.
Because of the Main Character
I've never read a book about Jeremy Bean, but when I saw JEREMY BEAN'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY by Alice Schertle, I thought I'd like to get to know him.
Link, as Promised
Now that you know which books I'm going to read, hop over to ReFoReMo.com for some recommendations on how to read picture books to improve your writing craft.
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)