When choosing mentor texts, I look for: creative storylines, word play (I’m a pun junkie), unexpected plot twists and humor! I also pay attention to what the author didn’t write, to allow the illustrator more freedom. For me, the perfect mentor book is one that, after reading it, I ask myself, with both awe and envy, “Why didn’t I write that?!”.
Caveman A B.C. Story by Janee Trasler
A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan
Don’t Turn the Page by Rachelle Burk and illustrated by Julie Downing
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat
Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Lori is offering a rhyming picture book critique to one lucky rhymer. To be eligible, you must be a fully registered participant, comment on this post, read daily, and keep records of your progress.
Lori Degman is a teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing students by day and a writer of picture books by night, weekend and school holiday. She has two published books, 1 Zany Zoo, (Simon & Schuster) and Cock-a-Doodle Oops! (Creston Books).