The goal of this page is to have a place to share mentor texts that primary teachers are using to model writing strategies in their classrooms. The key is to explain WHY you find the mentor text useful. These books are loosely organized around writing traits, and writing genre. (Be sure to scroll down as there are several writing charts on this page)

Mentor Texts for Organizing Ideas
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
Cookie's Week by CIndy Ward
k-3
A great book that follows a simple organizational pattern that young learners can easily understand and use.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
k-3
A book that shows the author talking to the reader - a great way to introduce this type of lead in writing.
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
K-3
A great book to encourage students and let them know they are authors-I am using this on the first day of school-Meet the Author Day!
Library Mouse A Friend's Tale by Daniel Kirk
K-3
Library Mouse is back, this time hooking up with a friend-writing a book about the friend. Great mentor text to teach how our friends can inspire us to write and be a springboard for ideas!
Library Mouse, Worlds to Explore
by Daniel Kirk
K-3
Library Mouse gets a new friend and they explore the library together. Teach us how to find other mentor texts within the library...and how working in teams can help you accomplish much!
Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

For those who struggle to think of topics!
The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice Ransom
k-3
Very organized- B,M,E. It follows a little girl through a day outing with her mom.







Mentor Texts for Teaching Voice
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
Jan Brett Books
k-3
Introduce voice by using her "voice" shown in her illustrations. They are specific to her style.
Eric Carle Books
k-3
Introduce voice by using his "voice" shown in his illustrations. They are specific to his style.






















Mentor Texts for Choosing the Best Words
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY





























Mentor Texts for Making Writing Flow
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY




























Mentor Texts for Including Quality Details
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
A House for a Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
k-3
A story that clearly shows how much better his house gets as he adds more details to it - a great connection to students personal writing and how important details are.


























Mentor Texts for Narrative Writing (tells a story - auto-biography, fairy tale, short stories, beginning/middle/end)
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
k-3
A great story to help students think about what happens on a snowy day, and then motivates them to write similar personal text.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
k-3
Great for introducing writing from memory strategy, or using artifacts to inspire writing.
Shortcut by Donald Crews
k-3
Great small moment story that includes all the necessary parts for a writing.
The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice Ransom
k-3
Very organized- B,M,E. It follows a little girl through a day outing with her mom.
A Chair for My Mother
k-3
Tells a story, B/M/E














Mentor Texts for Expository Writing (gives facts, news stories, reports, quotations, evidence, intro/body/conclusion)

Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY




























Mentor Texts for Descriptive Writing (metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, strong use of senses, poetry, ads, menus)
Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY





























Mentor Texts for Persuasive Writing (speeches, book reviews, includes facts/arguments)

Title/Author
Age Level
The WHY
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff
K-3
A great argument builder. The story is set through the child writing letters to try to convince his parents to get him an iguana.