Mentor texts

Mentor text list for Australian books for teaching reading and writing

Good quality mentor texts are one of the best tools we have for teaching literacy. This is especially true in writing where, if we can “show” our students what good writing looks like rather than “tell” them, they’re much more likely to apply the learning in their own work.

Mentor texts come in all different shapes and sizes; they can be written by students, published authors or even yourself (in fact, for a range of reasons, your own writing is often the best mentor text you can use!).

To help you source good quality published books, I’ve created a downloadable mentor text list (sorted by year level and genre) and I regularly publish new reviews on this page as well.

I prioritise sharing mentor texts created by Australian authors and illustrators (because we have a tonne of talented people on our own soil) and I’m also passionate about sharing mentor texts that promote diversity and inclusion in all its forms- especially indigenous perspectives, which all our bookshelves could certainly contain more of!

Mentor text reviews + Oz Lit Teacher Bookplates

Click on any of the books below to see my recommendations for how to use them as mentor texts for the 6+1 traits of writing and for the comprehension strategies in reading. You can also download a bookplate by clicking on these images. (Bookplates are printable PDFs of my reviews that fit snugly inside the front cover of the book.)

6+1 Traits Writing mentor text
The Day the Crayons Quit Mentor text
6 Traits Writing Mentor Text Toy Mountain