Mentor texts for Teaching Comprehension



Making Connections


The Pain and the Great One, Judy Blume

Going Home, Eve Bunting

Roxaboxen, Barbara Cooney

Oliver Button is a Sissy, Tomie de Paola

When I Was Your Age:  Original Stories About Growing Up, Amy Ehrlich

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, Mem Fox

Baseball, Snakes, and Summer Squash: Poems about Growing Up, Donald Graves

Wemberley Worried, Kevin Henkes

Julius, Baby of the World, Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum, Keven Henkes

Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman

My Great Aunt Arizona, Gloria Houston

The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats

Near the Window Tree: Poems and Notes, Karla Kuskin

Hey World, Here I Am!, Jean Little

All the Places to Love, Patricia MacLachlan

Some Birthday!, Patricia Polacco

The Relatives Came, Cynthia Rylant

When I Was Young in the Mountains, Cynthia Rylant

Amos and Boris, William Steig

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst

Ira Sleeps Over, Bernard Waber

Snippets, Charlotte Zolotow

Williamís Doll, Charlotte Zolotow


Visualization/Mental Images


Fireflies, Julie Brinkloe

The Stories Julian Tells, Ann Cameron

What Does the Rain Play?  Nancy White Carlstrom

Wild, Wild Sunflower Child, Nancy White Carlstrom

Good Dog Carl, Alexandra Day

Footprints and Shadows, Anne Westcott Dodd

Home Place, Crescent Dragonwagon

Sailboat Lost, Leonard Everett Fisher

Ordinary Things: Poems From a Walk in Early Spring, Ralph Fletcher

Twilight Comes Twice, Ralph Fletcher

Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky, Georgia Heard

When Iím Sleepy, Jane Howard

Puddles, Jonathan London

Dream weaver, Jonathan London

The Salamander Room, Anne Mazer

Close Your Eyes, Jean Marzollo

I am the Ocean, Suzanna Marshak

Goodnight to Annie, Eve Merriam

Quiet, Please, Eve Merriam

The Zoo at Night, Martha Robinson

Night in the Country, Cynthia Rylant

Turtle in July, Marilyn Singer

The Sailor Dog, Margaret Wise Brown

Night Sounds, Morning Colors, Rosemary Wells

The Napping House, Audrey Wood

All the Small Poems, Valerie Worth

Color Me a Rhyme, Jane Yolen

Greyling, Jane Yolen

The Seashore Book, Charlotte Zolotow




Charlie Anderson, Barbara Abercrombie

Ameliaís Road, Linda Altman

Fly Away Home, Eve Bunting

The Wall, Eve Bunting

The Wednesday Surprise, Eve Bunting

Going Home, Eve Bunting

The Lotus Seed, Sherry Garland

Honey I Love, Eloise Greenfield

Why is the Sky Blue?, Sally Grindley

The Day of Ahmedís Secret, Florence Parry Heide and J.D. Gilliland

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems, Langston Hughes

UFO Diary, Satoshi Kitamura

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, Kathryn Lasky

The Wise Woman and Her Secret, Eve Merriam

The Potato Man, Megan McDonald

Baseball Saved Us, Ken Mochizuki

Elizabeth, Claire Nivola

Yanni Rubbish, Shulamith Oppenheim

Pink and Say, Patricia Polacco

An Extraordinary Life: The story of a Monarch Butterfly. Laurence Pringle

The VanGogh Cafť, Cynthia Rylant

An Angel for Solomon Singer, Cynthia Rylant

Something Permanent, Cynthia Rylant

All I See, Cynthia Rylant

The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White

The Stranger, Chris Van Allsburg

How Come?, Kathy Wollard




A Table Where Rich People Sit, Byrd Baylor

Grandfather Twilight, Barbara Berger

Dandelion, Eve Bunting

Fly Away Home, Eve Bunting

See the Ocean, Estelle Condrea

Oliver Button is a Sissy, Tomie dePaola

Teammates, Peter Goldenbock

Fireflies, Julie Brinkloe

Bull Run, Paul Fleischman

Dateline: Troy, Paul Fleischman

Tight Times, Barbara Shook Hazen

Creatures of the Earth, Sea and Sky, Georgia Heard

For the Good of the Earth and Sun, Georgia Heard

Fables, Arnold Lobel

The Rag Coat, Lauren Mills

The Royal Bee, Frances Park and Ginger Park

Tar Beach, Faith Ringold

Miss Maggie, Cynthis Rylant

Where are You Going, Manyoni?, Catherine Stock

Winter Fox, Catherine Stock

Zathura, Chris van Allsburg

The Sweetest Fig, Chris Van Allsburg

The Widowís Broom, Chris Van Allsburg

Just a Dream, Chris van Allsburg

Tuesday, David Weisner

June 29, 1999, David Weisner

Free Fall, David Weisner

Something Beautiful, Sharon Dennis Wyeth

If You Listen, Charlotte Zolotow



Identifying Important Ideas/Determining Importance


Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges

Animal Dazzlers: The Role of Brilliant Colors in nature, Sneed Collard

Koko-Love!  Conversations with Koko, Dr, Francine Patterson

Mr. Linconís Way, Patricia Polacco

The Graves Family, Patricia Polacco

Chicken Sunday, Patricia Polacco

Mrs. Katz and Tush, Patricia Polacco

One Small Square Backyard, Donald Silver

Teammates. Peter Goldenbock



Dorling Kindersley Readers, DK Publishing

I Can Read About . . .  Troll Associates, New York

First Discovery Books, Scholastic

Eyewitness Books, Knopf



National Geographic for Kids

Time for Kids/Big Picture Edition

Ranger Rick

Zoo Books

Calliope: World History for Young People

Kids Discover

Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People




Charlie Anderson, Barbara Abercrombie

The Table Where Rich People Sit, Byrd Baylor

Smokey Night, Eve Bunting

The Story of Ruby Bridges, Robert Coles

See the Ocean, Estelle Condra

Oliver Button is a Sissy, Tomie dePaola

Way Home, Libby Hathorn

The Alphabet Tree, Leo Lionni

Frederickís Fables, Leo Lionni

Fables, Arnold Lobel

The Rag Coat, Lauren Mills

Winter Waits, Lynn Plourde

Wild Child, Lynn Plourde

Tar Beach, Faith Ringgold

Tea With Milk, Allen Say

The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein

The Story of Jumping Mouse, John Steptoe

Mysteries of Harris Burdick, Chris Van Allsburg

Zathura, Chris Van Allsburg

The Widowís Broom, Chris Van Allsburg

The Wretched Stone, Chris Van Allsburg

Jumanji, Chris Van Allsburg

The Sweetest Fig, Chris Van Allsburg

Two Bad Ants, Chris Van Allsburg

The Devilís Arithmetic, Jane Yolen