Joining Deanna Jump this week for Book Talk Tuesday.
The books I decided to include today are 3 of my absolute favorite mentor texts. I use them every single year. I read them to my class multiple times each year during writer's workshop and each time I read them, my students beg me to read them again.
Salt Hands by Jane Chelsea Aragon gives me goosebumps every time I read it. Warning: a few kids cry the first time I read it each year. It's not a sad book, just so moving! Unfortunately, I had to pay close to $40 to get my hands on a paperback copy of this book. It's out of print and if you watch online sellers carefully you can usually get it for around $40 if you are willing to pay that much. I read it so many times each year that it was totally worth the money. It is the perfect example of a capturing a small moment. I also use it during my writer's workshop time to model word choice, clear beginning/middle/end sequence in a small moment and creating mental images with words.
Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe is the perfect choice for mini lessons on word choice. I also use this book as a model for creating mental images with your words and developing an author's voice.
Even though I'm looping with my class, I know we'll revisit these three favorites next year.
The possibilities are endless!