10 for 10: Top 10 Favorite Picture Books to Use as Mentor Texts for Word Choice

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This year, I’m participating in August 10th’s #pb10for10 where friends of the Nerdy Book Club talk about 10 picture books they can’t live without in their classrooms.

I usually post about picture books that I use as writing mentor texts. So today, I give you, 10 picture books I’ve been using for several years in my classroom as writing mentor texts for word choice. Below I detail what types of amazing word choices the author uses and links to lesson plans I’ve written, in some cases.

Chicken Chasing Queen

The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County

by Janice N. Harrington

Illustrated by Shelley Jackson

Mentor Text Lesson Plan

Word Choice Highlights:

Onomatopoeia, Figurative Language


Come on Rain

Come On, Rain

by Karen Hesse

Illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Word Choice Highlights:

Sensory Words, Vivid Verbs, Astounding Adjectives,

Imagery, Specificity, Figurative Language


great fuzz frenzy

 

The Great Fuzz Frenzy

by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Word Choice Highlights:

Onomatopoeia, Vivid Verbs, Alliteration, Word Play


Heat Wave

Heat Wave

by Eileen Spinelli

Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Word Choice Highlights:

Vivid Verbs, Sensory Words


In the small, small pond

In the Small, Small Pond

by Denise Fleming

Word Choice Highlights:

Vivid Verbs, Word Play


Mostly monsterly

Mostly Monsterly

by Tammi Sauer

Illustrated by Scott Magoon

Word Choice Highlights:

Vivid Verbs, Word Play


Mr Duck Means Business

Mr. Duck Means Business

by Tammi Sauer

Illustrated by Jeff Mack

Word Choice Highlights:

Vivid Verbs, Word Play


Over and Under the Snow

Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner

Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Mentor Text Lesson Plan

Word Choice Highlights:

Vivid Verbs, Sensory Words


Owl moon

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

Illustrated by John Schoenherr

Word Choice Highlights:

Sensory Words, Specificity


quiet book

The Quiet Book

by Deborah Underwood

Illustrated by Renata Liwska

Word Choice Highlights:

Specificity, Astounding Adjectives

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Comments

  1. Definitely bookmarking this one for school and will share with colleagues. Thanks for sharing!

    Natalie @http://bibliolinks.wordpress.com

  2. Oh, I don’t know how I missed “Great Fuzz Frenzy” but that is going on my library list right this very minute!

    I wrote an August 10 for 10 post today as well. Such fun!

  3. Thanks, Marcie! Adding some of these to my reading list.

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