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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