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Book Notes/Comprehension Prompts


by Margaret Mooney and others

Good teaching, whether in the classroom or the home, is based on the needs of the child. Our Book Notes help identify teaching points in each of our books and offer suggestions, not a script for instruction. They create opportunities for conversations between adult and learner.

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 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.

The BYL Book Notes are written by Margaret Mooney, esteemed and internationally recognized New Zealand author/educator, and a dedicated group of American classroom teachers.

We invite you to embrace and apply the wisdom of Margaret Mooney. Use these Book Notes as a supportive reference during reading experiences.


by Dr. Connie Hebert

We offer book-specific Comprehension Prompts developed by Dr. Connie Hebert, international literacy consultant/author.  These prompts can enrich and extend a child’s experience with each book. Use these title-specific prompts to focus on key areas of literacy development such as decoding, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Download FREE PDF BOOK NOTES/Comprehension Prompts found within each book description:


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

Book Description
Each Book Note begins with the basics about the book including: title, Author/Illustrator/Photographer, F/P and RR levels, page and word counts for English and Spanish as applicable.

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
Teachers can select one or two skills for intentional teaching, revision, practice, or assessment

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


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)