Thursday, March 01, 2018

Reading For Research Month: Day 1

Okay, people, today is Day 1 of Reading for Research Month, just like I said in the heading. It's an organized project for picture book writers so they can read and research mentor texts. And, no, I'm not actually a picture book writer, though I have a pb manuscript on my hard drive. Don't we all?

So Day 1's post  by Carrie Charley Brown deals with using repetition in picture book manuscripts. Hmm. Did I think of trying that? This is a definite possibility.

Today's Picture Books

I was only able to get two of the books recommended for today.

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury. This a slight story for which the repetition is hugely important. There would be no story without it. That is not a complaint. I can imagine child readers, particularly those who are hearing Jumperee, loving this thing.

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul with illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon is nonfiction using repetition. A great choice for an example. In this case, the repetition breaks up what could be a very traditional account of an event. It gives Plastic Bag a creative nonfiction vibe.

So Day 1...A good start.

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