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Four Mentor Texts to Nurture the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook: Notebooks as a Writers Tool

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Writers pause to notice the obvious and obscure moments in life. They preserve their memories in their notebooks by jotting words, tucking away photographs, ticket stubs, and other items that have left an imprint. Each of these items waits inside the notebook until the writer pulls them out and forms them into a story to be shared.

Mentor texts can nurture the relationship between a writer and a notebook. Some mentor texts help to illustrate the attentiveness of a writer by modeling how writers notice the world. An important aspect of a writer’s work is to find and share the stories that exist within their daily lives. These texts model how we can do that.

I hope the books here will hook your writers helping students see even the smallest of moments are catalysts for a story.

Book titles are clickable links. The infographic is printable with a transparent background. 



Further Reading on Nurturing the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook:

Lessons From Characters Who Are Writers: Discovering The Writer’s Life by Beth Moore

Sharing Our Notebooks by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

The Amazing Search for Joseph Cornell by Candace Fleming


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10 thoughts on “Four Mentor Texts to Nurture the Relationship Between a Writer and a Notebook: Notebooks as a Writers Tool

  1. Deb, even as an 8th grade teacher these are four terrific books to share with my students as they collect writing and reading ideas in their WRNotebooks. It is so important that they hear again and again, we collect to have an abundance of ideas from which to draw, never knowing, but trusting, we will be able to use those fragments of thinking some day. Thanks so much.


    1. Linda,
      Thank you for stopping by to read and taking the time to leave a comment! We all learn so much from you!
      I agree, even in 8th grade, students need to hear the importance of the message of collecting. Your students might find particular interest in The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell by Candace Fleming. Jimmy collected random items, it wasn’t until he was much older that Jimmy began to see the connection between the items and then the purpose of the items revealed themselves to Jimmy. It is a beautiful book


      1. Thank you, Deb. I will look for that book. Picture books have so much to offer to every reader– young or older. I learn so much from you. Thanks for all the writing and sharing that you do.


  2. Thank you for this post. We actually have a unit on the writing process (the possibilites for each of us) where the notebook is the centerpiece. Outside of sharing my own entries, it’s nice to know there are some mentor texts to share with the kids. Would the book “Ish” fit this category of collecting and process?

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