The goal of this page is to have a place to share mentor texts that primary teachers are using to model reading strategies in their classrooms. The key is to explain WHY you find the mentor text useful. I have created different sections for mentor texts based on both Reading Power and the Cafe Strategies . Feel free to cross reference your recommendations. Be sure to scroll down as there are many charts that a mentor text may fit on. You'll notice that some are specifically for non fiction text but please feel free to label a text as non fiction if helpful.

Section One : Inspired by Reading Power

Mentor Texts for Making Connections
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
No David by David Shannon
k-3
Young students can easily relate and connect because much of what the main character does is familiar to young learners.
I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
k-3
Young students can easily relate and connect because much of what the main character talk about is familiar to young learners.
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodes-Irvine
k-3

Contrary Mary by Anita Jeram
k-2
Can't we all connect to that feeling of being difficult? Whether it is a bad mood, tired, sick . . what happens when we just don't want to comply/agree with anything!
Franklin's Secret Club - by Paulette Bourgeois
k-3

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
k-3

Tiptoe Into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers
k-2
Explores the feelings around starting school. Joys and anxieties.
David Gets in Trouble - by David Shannon


Franklin is Bossy by Paulette Bourgeois
k-2
Children can connect to troubles in their friendships Do you want to play with someone who is bossy all of the time? What can we do? How does that feel?
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Church
k-2
A wonderful little book to explore a range of emotions and corresponding actions. Great to show that feelings are shared by us all.
David Goes to School by David Shannon


The Gorilla Did It by Barbary Shook Hazen
k-4
Don't we all need a gorilla to blame everything on. It wasn't me, it was the gorilla! Great book for students to explore as they connect to telling the truth, blaming others, taking responsibility, anxiety about getting in trouble
The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
1-4
A great book that explores sibling relationships particularly older/younger dynamic - how each child thinks the other has it easier. Great story also for discussing perspectives.
Ruby the Copy Cat by Peggy Rathmann
1-4
So many students struggle with "being copied" and/or figuring out what is unique about themselves. This book helps explore these feelings
The Sick Day by Patricia MacLachlan
k-4
What happens when you are home sick? Students can connect to personal/family routines of care, not feeling well, having a day at home

Mentor Texts for Questioning
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
1-5
So much to wonder about in this book that explores homelessness. What is home? What if you lose your home? Who might help? What will you be worried about? A very powerful and sensitive text.

























Mentor Texts for Visualizing
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
Night is Coming by Nikola-Lisa


The Beach by Sally Moss


Rain Drop Splash by Kevin Tresselt


Waters by Edith Newlin Chase


Somewhere in the World Right Now by Stacey Schuett


Little Albatross by Michael Morpurgo


Prairie Summer by Nancy Hundal


Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hallets


Sunflower House by Eva Bunting


The Shape Game by Anthony Browne


The Sidewalk Rescue by Hazel Hutchins


Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner


The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey


Move by Steve Jenkins


In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming



Mentor Texts for Infering
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Mentor Texts for Transforming
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Mentor Texts for Zooming In (typcially non fiction text)
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Mentor Texts for Determining Importance (typically non fiction text)
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Adrienne Gear (Author of Reading Power) has a great list of mentor texts that can be found here.

Section Two : Inspired by The Cafe

Mentor Texts for Comprehension Strategies
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Mentor Texts for Accuracy Strategies
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Mentor Texts for Fluency Strategies
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Mentor Texts for Expanding Vocabulary Strategies

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