Here is a list of suggested mentor texts perfect for any classroom that focus on comprehension skills and strategies!
My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems
Readers compare how they are alike and different from characters so they can make connections.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Lon Po Po by Ed Young
Readers describe how the main characters act as tension rises so they can compare how they would have acted in the story.
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by National Geographic Learning
Cause and Effect
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Readers use the words ‘if’ and ‘then’ to describe cause and effect so they can make connections between events in a story.
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
One Plastic Bag by Alice McLerran
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
Readers use evidence in the text to describe the mood so they can better understand how people in the text feel.
Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! By Mem Fox
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
Readers share their first thoughts about a book so they can think more deeply about each of their ideas
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Book of Bad Ideas by Laura Huliska-Beith
The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (suggested for older grades)
Readers consider all the reasons the author wrote a book so they can determine a theme.
Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
Wangari’s Tree of Peace by Jeanette Winter
Readers identify parts that describe the theme so they can judge how well the writer described the theme.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
That Book Woman by Heather Henson
The Invisible Boy by Patrice Barton
Readers ask questions about events in a story so they can think of other things that could have happened.
White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman
The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth
The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
Readers identify the main problem so they can think of possible solutions.
The Monster at the end of this Book by Jon Stone
Fire on the Mountain by John N Maclean
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
Readers look for words and phrases that describe the setting so they can picture it in their minds.
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
Pigs by My Incredible World
Compare and Contrast
Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen
Readers identify the traits of characters in a book so they can compare how they are alike and different.
Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas
Let me Finish! By Minh Lê
What do you do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
Readers ask themselves questions so they can begin to understand how their mind’s think.
Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary Chamberlin
What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
Main Idea and Details
Firefires by Mary R. Dunn
Readers identify main ideas so that they can think of key details the author could have included.
Max’s Words by Kate Banks
I Lost my Tooth in Africa by Baba Wague Diakite
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Readers form pictures in their minds as they read so that they can better understand the text.
Crow Call by Louis Lowery
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
Readers identify the writer's best phrases or sentences so that they can analyze the writer’s style.
The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant
The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela by Cristina Kessler
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
Readers judge the topics from the text so they can support their judgments with reasons.
Malala by Sarah J. Robbins
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
My Name is Sangoel by Karen Williams
Readers describe what they know about settings so they can use their background knowledge during reading.
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
My Librarian is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
Readers identify evidence in the text and what they already know so they can make inferences.
The Watering Hole by Jane and Christopher Kurtz
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
Readers summarize their opinions of a text so they can retell what they think of a text.
Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
What Does it Mean to Be Present? By Rana DiOrio
Readers identify strong phrases in a text so that they can make connections to the text.
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino
Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
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