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Missouri Literacy Association

An Affiliate of International Literacy Association

The mission of the Missouri Literacy Association is to empower educators, ensure equity, inspire students & encourage leaders with the equitable resources they need to make literacy accessible for all in our diverse community.

Mentor Text

Click on the title to go to Goodreads for more information about the book.

These books are excellent mentor text for the skills/strategies listed.

However, we encourage teachers to always be on the lookout for a text that you are currently using or have used that could incorporate skills/strategies needed and provide possible instructional opportunities.  


Intro: Funny Story or Personal Anecdote

Twenty-two Cents

by Muhammad Yunus & the Village Bank

Published 2018

Intro: Thought Provoking Question

Elizabeth Leads the Way

By Elizabeth Cady Stanton & the Right to Vote

Published  2010

Intro: Introduce Narrator

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

By Dan Santat

Published 2017

Don’t Touch My Hair

By Sharee Miller

Published 2018

Intro: Dramatic or Eye-Opening Statement

The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson

Published 2018

Eleanor, Quiet No More:

The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

By Doreen Rappaport

Published 2009

Intro: Start in Middle of Scene – With Action or Dialogue

The Monster Who Ate My Peas

By Danny Schnitzlein

Published 2010

Ending: A Quote!

Liberty Rising: 

The Story of the Statue of Library

By Pegi Deitz Shea

Published 2013

Ending: A Surprise!

I Love My Purse

By Belle DeMont

Published 2017

The Day War Came

By Nicola Davies

Published 2018

Dad’s Camera

By Ross Watkins

Published 2018

The Remember Balloons

By Jessie Oliveros

Published 2018

Extra Yarn

By Mac Barnett

Published 2012

Ending: A Profound Thought!

My Hair is a Garden

By Cozbi Cabrera

Published 2018

I Am Jazz

By Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Published 2014

Ending: A Laugh!

Dog Breath:

The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis

By Dav Pilkey

Published 2019

Ending: A Literary Device

My Hair is a Garden (Metaphor)

By Cozbi Cabrera

Published 2018

Ending: A Question!

Now & Ben: 

The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

By Gene Barretta

Published 2008

Ending:  Circular Ending

A Piece of Home

By Jeri Watts

Published 2016

Grandpa’s Stories: 

A Book of Remembering

By Joseph Coelho & Allison Colpuys

Published 2019

Dragons Love Tacos

By Adam Rubin

Published  2013


The Most Magnificent Thing

By Ashley Spires

Published 2014

Be Kind

By Pat Zietlow Miller

Published 2018

The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

By Mo Willems

Published 2019

7 Ate 9

7 Ate 9:

The Untold Story

By Tara Lazar

Published 2017


By Max Amato

Published 2019

That Is Not a Good Idea

By Mo Willems

Published 2013

Hats Are Not For Cats

By Jacqueline Rayner

Published 2019


Can We Save the Tiger?

By Martin Jenkins

Published 2011

Hot Diggity Dog:

The History of the Hot Dog

By Adrienne Sylver

Published 2010



For Modeling Nonfiction Reading Strategies

All Thirteen:

The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

By Christina Soontornvat

Published October 13, 2020

For Making Inferences

The Royal Bee 

By Frances Park & Ginger Park

Published 2000

For Making Predictions

For Beginning, Middle & Ending of a story

`The Monster Who Ate My Peas

By Danny Schnitzlein

Published 2001

For Making Inferences

Those Shoes

By Maribeth Boelts

Published 2009

For Making Predictions

For Making Inferences

Edward the Emu

By Sheena Knowles

Published 1998

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