Mentor Texts for Reading and Writing

6+1 Traits Mentor Text list

Download the complete list of Oz Lit Teacher recommended mentor texts

  • Over 100 picture story books
  • Organised by genre and year level.
  • Each with teaching recommendations for reading (comprehension strategies) and writing (6+1 traits)
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Mentor text list indigenous texts

Download the list of mentor texts with Indigenous perspectives

  • Books for a range of year levels.
  • All written by Indigenous Australian authors.
  • Each with teaching recommendations for reading (comprehension strategies) and writing (6+1 traits).
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Mentor texts with teaching suggestions

 The mentor texts below are organised in alphabetical order by author surname.

(HOT TIP: To find a title quickly, press Ctrl + F on your keyboard and search for the name of your book.)

Click on the book covers below to download a free PDF of my teaching recommendations for each book. This printable 'bookplate' is designed to be stuck inside the front cover of the book in your school library.

For more information on mentor texts and how to use them, see these blog posts on the topic:

What are mentor texts?

5 quick tips for using mentor texts

Latest mentor text Review

Dazzlehands

By Sascha Cotter

2-4 Narrative

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A-B Authors

Boo Loves Books

By Kaye Baillie and Tracie Grimwood

F-2 Narrative

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The Hidden Forest

By Jeannie Baker

2-5 Narrative

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The Story Of Rosy Dock

By Jeannie Baker

4-6 Narrative

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Why I Love Australia

By Bronwyn Bancroft

2-6 Narrative

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The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals

By Sami Bayly

3-8 Non-fiction

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Go Home Cheeky Animals!

By Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley

2-6 Narrative

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The Great Rabbit Chase

By Freya Blackwood

1-4 Narrative

Mrs. White And The Red Desert

By Josie Boyle and Maggie Prewett

2-4 Narrative

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Meet Nellie Melba

By Janeen Brian and Claire Murphy

5-6 Narrative non-fiction

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Rockhopping

By Trace Balla

3-6 Narrative

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Six Dots

By Jen Bryant and Boris Kulikov

4-7 Narrative non-fiction

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Alfred's War

By Rachel Bin Salleh and Samantha Fry

3-6 Non-fiction

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Let's Save The great Barrier Reef

By Catherine Barr and Jean Claude

4-6 Non-fiction

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Coming Home To Country

By Brownwyn Bancroft

4-6 Narrative non-fiction

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Hope Is The Thing

By Johanna Bell and Erica Wagner

4-7 Narrative

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The Lucky Shack

By Apsara Baldovino

3-6 Narrative

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On A Magical Do-Nothing Day

By Beatrice Alemagna

4-6 Narrative

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C-D Authors

Jessica's Box

By Peter Carnavas

2-6 Narrative

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The Children Who Loved Books

By Peter Carnavas

1-4 Narrative

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What Happened to You?

By James Catchpole and Karen George

4-2 Narrative

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Cannonball

By Sasha Cotter and Josh Morgan

F-6 Narrative

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Counting On Frank

By Rod Clement 

3-6 Narrative

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Azaria: A True History

By Maree Coote

4-10 Narrative non-fiction

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The Imagineer

By Christopher Cheng and Lucia Masciullo

F-3 Narrative

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Crumbs

By Phil Cummings and Shane DeVries

3-6 Non-fiction

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Littlelight

By Kelly Canby

4-6 Non-fiction

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Anzac Biscuits

By Phil Cummings and Owen Swan 

2-6 Narrative

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Boy

By Phil Cummings and Shane Devries

F-2 Narrative

Feathers

By Phil Cummings and Phil Lesnie

3-6 Narrative

Touch The Moon

By Phil Cummings and Coral Tulloch

3-6 Narrative

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The Peasant Prince

By Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas

5-8 Narrative autobiography

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The Day The Crayons Quit

By Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

3-6 Narrative

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Grandma's Guide To Happiness

By Andrew Daddo and Stephen Michael King

2-6 Narrative

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The Little Refugee

By Anh Do, Suzanne Do and Bruce Whatley

3-7 Non-fiction

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A Quiet Girl

By Peter Carnavas

2-4 Narrative

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EVERTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT SHARKS IS WRONG!

By Dr Nick Crumpton

4-6 Persuasive/Informative

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Sea Country

By Aunty Patsy Cameron

2-6 Non-Fiction Narrative

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Daughters of Melbourne

By Maree Coote

6-10 Non-fiction Persuasive

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This Is Not My Home

By Vivienne Chang

2-4 Narrative

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E-F Authors

Norton And The Bear

By Gabriel Evans

F-3 Narrative

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Frank's Red Hat

By Sean E Avery

2-4 Narrative

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Dry To Dry

By Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli

4-6 Dual narrative and non-fiction

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Amazing Australian Women

By Pamela Freeman and Sophie Beer

4-7 Non-fiction

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Diary Of A Wombat

By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

F-3 Narrative

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Pete The Sheep

By Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

4-8 Narrative

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Jeremy

By Chris Faille and Danny Snell

F-4 Narrative non-fiction

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The Fire Wombat

By Jackie French and Danny Snell

3-6 Verse narrative

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G-J Authors

Toy Mountain

By Steph Gemmill and Katharine Hall

F-4 Narrative

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The Great Bear

By Libby Gleeson and Armin Greder

5-6 Narrative

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Go Go And The Silver Shoes

By Jane Godwin and Anna Walker

F-5 Narrative

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Wendy

By Gus Gordon

Narrative F-6

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Herman And Rosie

By Gus Gordon

3-6 Narrative

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Let's Get A Pup

By Bob Graham

Narrative F-4

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Grandad's Magic

By Bob Graham

F-2 Narrative

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Silver Buttons

By Bob Graham

1-4 Narrative

The Island

By Armin Greder

5-10 Narrative

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Charlie's Whale

By Libby Gleeson and Hannah Sommerville

3-6 Narrative

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Go Home, Cat!

By Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo

2-5 Non-fiction

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A Home For Luna

By Stef Gemmill and Mel Armstrong 

3-7 Non-fiction

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Somebody's Land

By Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing and David Hardy

F-6 Narrative non fiction

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The Concrete Garden

By Bob Graham

3-5 Narrative

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What do you Wish for?

By Jane Godwin

F-3 Narrative

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Meet...The Flying Doctors

By George Ivanoff and Ben Wood

3-6 Narrative non-fiction

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Stuck

By Oliver Jeffers

2-5 Narrative

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TEA AND SUGAR CHRISTMAS

By Jane Jolly

3-6 Non-Fiction Narrative 

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K-L Authors

Peregrines In The City

By Andrew Kelly, Sue Lawson and Dean Jones

4-10 Narrative non-fiction

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Saltie Mumma

By Sandra Kendell

F-3 Dual narrative and non-fiction

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My Two Blankets

By Irena Kobald and Freya Blackwood

3-6 Narrative

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The Lost Girl

By Ambelin Kwaymullina and Leanne Tobin

3-6 Narrative

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Ziba Came On A Boat

By Liz Lofthouse

4-9 Narrative

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Ninni Yabini

By Cheryl Kickett-Tucker and Tyrown Waigana

F-3 Non-fiction

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Protest In Australia: What Do We Want?

By Sue Lawson

4-8 Non fiction

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Izzy and Frank

By Katrina Lehman

2-4 Narrative

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Izzy and Frank

By Katrina Lehman

2-4 Narrative

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Stories for South Asian Supergirls

By Raj Kaur Khaira

4-6 Non-Fiction Biography

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M-O Authors

The Rabbits

By John Marsden and Storm Tan

5-8 Narrative

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Finding Our Heart

By Thomas Mayor and Blak Douglas

4-8 Narrative non-fiction

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How To Make A Bird

By Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley

5-8 Narrative

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Ten Tiny Things

By Meg McKinlay and Kyle Hughes-Odgers

1-4 Narrative

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The Penguins Are Coming

By Meg McKinlay and Mark Jackson

1-4 Narrative

Once Apon A Small Rhinoceros

By Meg McKinley and Leila Rudge

1-4 Narrative

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Day Break

By Amy McQuire and Matt Chun

F-6 Narrative

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The Paper Bag Princess

By Robert Murach and Micheal Martcheake

F-3 Narrative

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Hold On! Saving The Spotted Handfish

By Gina M Newton and Rachel Tribout

3-6 Narrative non-fiction

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Sam's Bush Journey

By Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

 1-3 Narrative 

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Our World Bardi- Jaawi: Life At Ardiyooloon

By One Arm Point Remote Community School

2-6 Multi genre

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LOWITJA

By Lowitja O'Donoghue

4-8 Autobiography

Fauna

By Tania McCartney

3-4 Non-Fiction

 

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Deep

By Jess McGeachin

4-6 Non-Fiction

 

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Eat My Dust!

By Neridah McMullin

4-6 Non-Fiction Narrative

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P-S Authors

The Boy Who Tried To Shrink His Name

By Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira

4-6 Narrative

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Sarah And The Steep Slope

By Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

3-10 Narrative

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Young Dark Emu

By Bruce Pascoe

4-10 Non-fiction

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Two Mates

By Melanie Prewett and Maggie Prewett

2-4 Narrative

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Big Dog Little Dog

By Sally Rippin and Lucinda Gifford

F-3 Narrative

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Took The Children Away

By Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter

5-10 Song

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Grandma Forgets

By Paul Russell and Nicky Johnston

3-6 Narrative

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Stay For Dinner

By Sandhya Parappukkaran and Michelle Pereira

4-6 Narrative

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Big Red Kangaroo

By Claire Saxby and Graham Byrne

3-6 Dual narrative and non-fiction

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Meet...

The ANZACS

By Claire Saxby and Max Berry

3-6 Narrative non-fiction

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No Way Yirrikipayi!

By Milikapiti School and Alison Lester

F-2 Narrative

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I Was Only Nineteen

By John Schumann and Craig Smith

5-6 Song lyrics

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The Gift

By Michael Speechley

3-6 Narrative

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Blue, The Builder's Dog

By Jen Storer and Andrew Joynor

1-3 Narrative

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T-V Authors

Bin Chicken

By Kate and Jol Temple and Ronojoy Ghosh

3-5 Verse narrative

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Emmanuel's Dream

By Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls

3-8 Narrative

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Mallee Sky

By Jodi Toering and Tannya Harricks

3-6 Narrative

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Summer Blue

By Trudie Trewin and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

3-6 Narrative

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Bin Chicken And The Christmas Turkey

By Kate and Joel Temple

3-6 Narrative Poem

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W-Z Authors

Why I Love Summer

By Michael Wagner and Tom Jellett

2-6 Narrative

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Mr. Huff

By Anna Walker

F-3 Narrative

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Lottie and Walter

By Anna Walker

1-4 Narrative

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Meet... Banjo Paterson

By Kristin Weidenbach and James Gulliver Hancock

4-6 Narrative non-fiction

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Luke's Way Of Looking

By Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley 

2-6 Narrative

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Flight

By Nadia Wheatley and Armin Greder

5-8 Narrative

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The Treasure Box

By Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood

3-6 Narrative

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The Sloth Who Came To Stay

By Margaret Wild and Vivienne To

2-4 Narrative

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Matthew Flinders: Adventures On Leaky Ships

By Carole Wilkinson and Prue Pittock

4-7 Narrative non-fiction

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Vietnam Diary

By Mark Wilson

3-6 Narrative non-fiction

Our House Is On Fire

By Jeanette Winter

3-6 Narrative non-fiction

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The Librarian Of Basra

By Jeanette Winter

4-6 Narrative non-fiction

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The Stone Lion

By Margaret Wild and Ritva Voutila

4-6 Narrative

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The Shop Train

By Josie Wowolla and Paul Seden

3-5 Non-fiction

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Why I Love Footy

By Michael Wagner

1-4 Narrative

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