What’s New On March’s Mentor Texts Shelf?


I can’t believe it’s our last class! Our six-class course that started in October ended today. Sean, Linda and all our guests have increased our go-to shelves for professional development and teaching with fantastic informational and literary texts that might have passed us by.

Here’s the link to our summary sheet:


I’ll just say one thing about each of our picks this month:

In a lifetime a spider has one egg sac while a kangaroo has 50 joeys and a giraffe gains 200 inches and has 200 spots. I was intrigued by the author’s purpose of sharing averages for animals’ lifetimes. It’s a multi-faceted book not to be overlooked.

Handle With Care
Students learn to identify, comprehend and use nonfiction text features, but Sean pointed out to me that looking at how features on a page are all related is a new level of complexity.

On a Beam of Light
The author uses red text for some statements and black for most. Why? As we looked closely, we realized that the red text captures big ideas and the black text elaborated on those. Any teacher looking for another way to bring elaboration to life will love this book.

Lots of awards, similes, metaphors, rule of three, onomatopoeias, rhyme, fluency, strong verbs, interesting conventions choices…need I say more?

Terrific was an “ahhh…” book at the end. We love those books that remind us that people do change and that having someone who believes in us can make all the difference.

Lunchtime can be a difficult time for kids. If you bring lunch from home, is your food “normal” or not? If you bring kim chi or okra or sushi, how is that accepted? Exposing students to the variety of foods that are eaten is incredibly important. This simple informational book for the very young is quite a treat.

4 thoughts on “What’s New On March’s Mentor Texts Shelf?

  1. I am a literary coach in CT and I love your blog! It is a wonderful resource! Would you be able to expand on Sean’s ideas for Handle With Care?
    Thanks for all you do!!

    • Hi Cathy, I’ll do my best to expand. On the two-page spread we considered, the focus was on raising pupae on a butterfly farm. The picture on the far left had no caption so you needed to read the text box to get more information to understand what you were looking at. The text box information then left us wondering what another part looked like which was answered by the inset pictures on the far right. It helped me see how we move from one feature to another answering one or more questions and then forming new ones. Thank you for asking.

  2. Hello Team,

    I’m so appreciative of the recommended texts. I’m a literacy coach in NYC and I’m always on the look out for well written, engaging picture books so that teachers don’t have to teach empty-handed. I’m already on the search for the ones listed. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting on this one.

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