Book Notes  


We believe that teachers teach children based on the needs of the child.  The Book Notes help identify teaching points in each book and offer teachers suggestions, not a script for instruction. 

Each Book Note is about one of the BYL titles currently in print. The author offers a wealth of information on the unique features of each book.

Sample questions and prompts help teachers introduce and support students through some of the content and some of the skills and understandings that they need when reading for meaning.

Links to the
FREE BOOK NOTES can be found on the Books for Young Learners (BYL) detail book pages for Fountas and Pinnell Levels or you can access them from the alphabetical list link.

Bio-Margaret Mooney
Margaret Mooney is a New Zealand educator who spent the better part of two decades working with teachers in the US.  She is author of many professional books for teachers, including the classic Reading To, With, and By Children.

Additional Comprehension Prompts
Dr. Connie Hebert, Reading Specialist/Monomoy Regional School District/Cape Cod         

About Comprehension Prompts for Books for Young Learners Created & Written by Dr. Connie Hebert Books for Young Learners (BYL) from Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc. are truly wonderful resources for motivating, engaging, teaching, reinforcing, enriching, and supporting the reading-writing process. Each book in the collection is written and illustrated to support young students who are learning to read and reading to learn. Each book has limitless possibilities for extending and enriching comprehension, vocabulary, decoding, listening, and fluency skills.

As an international literacy consultant, I use many of these books with children in small group model lessons to support professional development of teachers. I am able to see where children have gaps in key areas of literacy development such as decoding, comprehension, and vocabulary. So I created a way to ‘plug’ these gaps with oral or written prompts that support each book and can quickly and easily be used on a daily basis.
You will see 5 categories of prompts for each book:

Finish This Thought (Completion)

Use Your Memory (Recall & Text Evidence)

What’s Your Opinion? (Reflective Thinking)

Be Creative (Imaginative Drawing & Writing)

Vocabulary Agent (Word Exploration)

Each book has a Book Note with additional comprehension prompts that are uniquely tailored to each individual book’s purpose, characteristics, genre, illustrations, story line, and much more. The Book Notes are available FREE of charge.

Download FREE PDF samples of BOOK NOTES with Additional Comprehension Prompts for:

Alphabetical List of Books for Young Learners with Book Notes 

Children's Books Page

Comprehension prompts are a new feature that enrich and extend a child’s experience with each book. Comprehension prompts . . .

help learners reflect, recall, imagine, create, demonstrate, search, analyze, evaluate, and respond either via oral or written expression.

help teachers gain new insights into how to use books and prompts to teach decoding, comprehension, and vocabulary skills.

serve as springboards for small or whole group discussions using both fiction and non-fiction genre.

can be completed by individual students or by small groups of students as guided by the teacher or reading coach.

encourage each individual reader to tap into a wide range of creative and imaginative forms of expression.

save time and effort because they are easy to explain and evaluate.

serve to motivate and accelerate ALL children, especially those who are not reading on or above grade level . . . and that is the ultimate goal.

I hope you enjoy using these prompts with your students as much as I enjoyed creating them! If you or your students would like to send me feedback, feel free to email me at I love hearing from teachers and kids who love to read, write, and think . . . Dr. Connie Hebert is an Associate Professor for Nova’s Language & Literacy Department at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education in Davie, FL. As an international literacy consultant, her mission is to catch EVERY falling reader around the world. She has motivated, inspired, and presented seminars, model lessons, and inspirational keynote addresses for teachers, administrators, and parents in forty-seven states and four countries. For more information, please visit:

Bio - Dr. Connie Hebert
Dr. Connie Hebert, Reading Specialist/Monomoy Regional School District/Cape Cod, is a long-time literacy consultant who has worked with teachers and schools supporting better teaching of reading.  Her books include Catch a Falling Reader, Catch a Falling Writer, and
The Teachable Minute: The Secret to Raising Smart & Appreciative Kids.

Illustrated is the Comprehension Prompt for Dogs at School enlarged
the example BYL Book Note shown on the left.


Additional Comprehension Prompts
For Oral or Written Use Before, During, and After Reading
FINISH THIS THOUGHT Dogs might not like to go to school with kids because . . .
I thought the dogs in this book were . . . because they . . .
USE YOUR MEMORY After Max and Toby went inside the school with the children, what did they do first, second, third, and fourth? Check to see if you were right.
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION? Which dog do you think is Max and which one is Toby? Why do you think so?
Do you think a bus driver would let dogs on a school bus? Why or why not?
BE CREATIVE Choose one of the following titles and write another story about Max and Toby.
Dogs at a Baseball Game
Dogs at the Zoo
Dogs in the Library
Dogs in the Mall
VOCABULARY AGENT Find each of the following words in the book. What page number did you find each one on?



 Page 1


Book Notes on each title are provided separately. Sort them any way you wish to enhance
their use.


A book summary with an emphasis on instruction 

What the Book Offers

Features of the text, illustrations,
layout, writing style, and form

Possible Skills Emphasis

You can select one or two
skills for teaching, practice 


 Page 2



Introducing the Book

Several suggestions from which
you can select and amend
to offer manageable challenges for
successful reading

Focus of Instruction

You should keep in mind the
reading level and the intended purpose of the lesson


Following the Reading

These suggestions give merely a
taste of
instruction and provide
prompts for support



Additional Comprehension Prompts

Comprehension prompts are a new feature that enrich and extend a child’s experience with each book.

● Finish This Thought (Completion)

● Use Your Memory (Recall & Text Evidence)

● What’s Your Opinion? (Reflective Thinking)

● Be Creative (Imaginative Drawing & Writing)

● Vocabulary Agent (Word Exploration)

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