BYL BOOK NOTES
by Margaret Mooney
We believe that teachers
teach children based on the needs of the child.
Our Book Notes help identify
teaching points in each book and offer teachers suggestions, not a
script for instruction.
Each Book Note
examines one of the 174 BYL titles and offers a
wealth of information on the distinctive features of that book.
Each book has numerous possibilities
for extending and enriching comprehension, vocabulary, decoding,
listening, and fluency skills.
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
Book Notes are written by Margaret Mooney and a dedicated group of
American Classroom teachers.
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
Book Notes Additional Comprehension
by Dr. Connie Hebert, Reading
Specialist/Monomoy Regional School District/Cape Cod
We offer book-specific
Comprehension Prompts. They are a new feature of the 174 Books
for Young Learners Book Notes that enrich and extend a child’s
experience with each book.
are truly wonderful resources for motivating, engaging, teaching,
reinforcing, enriching, and supporting the reading-writing process,
help learners reflect, recall, imagine, create, demonstrate,
search, analyze, evaluate, and respond either via oral or
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
serve to motivate and accelerate ALL children, especially those
who are not reading on or above grade level . . . and that is
the ultimate goal.
will see 5 categories of prompts for each book:
● Finish This Thought
● Use Your Memory (Recall & Text
● What’s Your Opinion?
● Be Creative (Imaginative
Drawing & Writing)
● Vocabulary Agent (Word
Each category of prompts is
expounded using key points,
topics, or event referenced in each book. Teachers can
incorporate their own prompts as well.
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.
To read and print the Book Note
for the book featured in our
Full-line Catalog click
Our Polliwogs Book Note
"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."
--Dr. Connie Hebert
Download FREE PDF samples of BOOK NOTES with Additional Comprehension Prompts
Alphabetical List of Books for Young Learners with