9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

Privacy Policy
Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

9 Books that Get Kids Writing in Writers Workshop

September 7 Deedee 4 min read

I want to share with you some of my favorite books to help students get started with writing.  I just got a new book today {EEK} so I added to my evergrowing collection!

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Books that tell a story with just pictures

One of the things that might make kindergarteners a little reluctant to write is that somewhere along the line, they were given the impression that only words make the writer.  To help build their author~ness, share some wordless books.  You can read my other wordless book picks HERE.

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola is perfect!

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Look at this picture.  Do you have any doubt what is going on in the story?  You can also invite your students to use “book language” when reading the pictures.  You might want to encourage your students to sound something like this:

“First, she took her yellow bowl and put it on the table.   Then she sifted the flour into the bowl.  When she took the egg container out of the refrigerator, she realized… SHE WAS OUT OF EGGS!  OH! NO!”

This sounds more like book language vs a list (Here she is at the table. Here she has the flour. … you get the idea).Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day is another great wordless book.Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

We will pretend that the mother does not leave her baby in the care of her dog so she can go shopping…  m…kay?Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Books with amazing illustrative stories

These books are not wordless…but BOY the pictures in these books tell the story!

Can you tell how loved this book is?  It was a classroom favorite.  I cry just about EVERYTIME I read it!

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham is a MUST!Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories. Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Hoptoad by Jane Yolen is out of print, but if you can find it… hold on tight!Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Teaching your students to draw from various perspectives is a fantastic series of mini-lessons.  This book offers a ton of options.

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Bonus mini-lesson:  Writing conventions!  Capital letters!  Punctuation!Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Because this book is out of print, you might try Red Rubber Boot Day.  It is by the same illustrator and it is filled with opportunities to discuss illustrations.

Ideas! Ideas! Ideas!

The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli is a great book for narrative writing.  It reminds students that the best stories are the ones that come from our own lives.Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

The pirate, monkey, and turnip!  I am dying!Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

One Day by Rebecca Kai Dotlich is such a fun book to use in the classroom.   Let me show you how I use it!Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

The book is a series of pages like this.  The page says, “One day … I lost my dog.”  The next page says, “I found him.” Simple… right? But we want students to expand of their writing.  So…Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

I created this anchor chart with a class recently to help expand upon the topic.   We asked questions of the author (a great way to introduce this concept to the class).  Then I wrote the student’s questions down.  This book has about 8 opportunities to repeat this mini-lesson… so this book is a GEM!  BONUS:  The topics in this book might also spark writing ideas.

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Be Fearless

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds is fantastic for reaching students who are a wee bit cautious!  This book screams,  “GO FOR IT!”Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

It reminds students that it does not have to be perfect.Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon shows the power of sharing your story with others! {HINT:  Don’t skip student share time.}  If you are following my Writers Workshop emails, I will give you tips on this in the 5th email in the series.  You can sign up for this at the end of this post if you have not already done so.Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

The new kid on the block

LOOK what came today!  When I saw it listed as a new book… I had to have it!Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larson reminds us of a lot of things.Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

It reminds us to be fearless in our writing.Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

His big sister supports his writing efforts and guides him, but she also lets him struggle a bit.

The text says, “‘Remember, you’re the author,” she says, without looking up.  “You can do WHATEVER you WANT.'”Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

You can read more about my opinion on writing prompts and student choice HERE.Here are 9 books that get kids writing in writers workshop. These mentor text books will help your students find ideas for their narrative stories.

I hope you found a few books that will help your kindergarten students with writing.

Would you like over 180 days of writers workshop planned out for you?  These are specifically designed for kindergarten and first grade.  Take the guess work out of your instruction.  Just print and teach!   Click HERE to check them out.

Writers Workshop in Kindergarten! What does a day of writers workshop look like? Here is the anatomy of my lessons with a bit of conferring.

*Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post, but the book selections are ALL MINE  ๐Ÿ˜‰

21 Comments

  • Tonya September 7 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Deedee, Thank you for all your wonderful products. There is so much thought into them! You may not even see this comment, but I have to ask….. If you had to pick between Guiding Readers and Writer’s Workshop, which would you choose? Literally, one has to go in the curriculum. Urgh! Our school district recently changed our school hours and we have lost 30 minutes a day with our kiddos in first! There just isn’t enough time to teach everything! Thanks for your advice!

    • Deedee September 7 at 6:10 pm

      Hi there!

      Honestly! I would pick writing! I think you could work the reading comprehension strategies that you cover in the Guiding Readers in with your read aloud, just perhaps not do the response page…just do the book discussion. Does that make sense?

      • Tonya September 8 at 6:35 pm

        Yes! Totally! I thought about it today and that’s exactly what I was thinking. I love the Guiding Readers, and used them religiously last year, but think the cute interactive notebooks are going to have to take a backseat to writing (which I also have – your whole year’s worth – and love it!!!). Thanks for the confirmation, Deedee! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Deedee September 9 at 5:29 am

          You are welcome! I would love to see how your writing goes! Keep Deanna and me in mind, if you ever feel like sharing student samples! They are so precious!

    • Sydney Komyati September 13 at 7:18 am

      Hi, I saw your post and wanted to share a strategy of team mate of mine introduced. She will teach reading the whole block 2 days a week and then writing 3 days a week then switch. The following week will be 3 days of reading and 2 days of writing. Another way to maximize use of time and still try to get it all in .

      Hope this helps! Time is so precious.

  • Margit Adam September 7 at 10:59 pm

    Hi DeeDee, I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog. Thank you for all the work, thought and enthusiasm you put into it. I teach 7-8 year olds in a school which speaks one language in a country which speaks another language and uses a different alphabet. Consequently there is a tremendous resistence to writing, as the children don’t know as much vocabulary as they do in their own language, and they have to learn an entirely different alphabet. Thirdly they are of an age where they really don’t wish to take chances and be exposed ‘making mistakes’. Your direction and suggestions are just the thing for me. I am introducing a reading/writing corner in my class room and would welcome any suggestions on wall displays, or feedback (from the kids) invitations on the books they are reading.

    • Deedee September 8 at 6:27 am

      Hi Margit! What a challenge you have, but I am sure you can master it! I would REALLY concentrate on having them tell their stories through pictures. So those wordless books would be a great way to start. We compose books across pages after the first 20 days of school, so they can be very detailed. Over time you can work in the letter/sound association. I hope that helps.

      • Margit Adam September 8 at 10:56 am

        Thanks a lot. Good Suggestion and it’s so great to have some support.

  • Sue September 8 at 6:53 pm

    Hey Deedee,
    I got my copy of A Squiggly Story today too…..can’t wait to use it with my JK class. Another favorite for my very young writers is Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. Thanks for all the great tips.

    • Deedee September 9 at 5:32 am

      Oh my gosh! YES!!!!

  • Linda Dahl September 8 at 8:17 pm

    Love your book selections! Ordering some right now!

    • Deedee September 9 at 5:33 am

      My list just keeps growing and growing!!!

  • Qualitykg September 13 at 6:44 am

    The idea of story telling without words but with pictures only is a great idea. I like the books you shared. It is something new I have gone through as I have never heard about these kind of books. Thanks for sharing, will try to get some for my kids too.

  • monkey go happy September 15 at 1:20 am

    This article is really fantastic and thanks for sharing the valuable post

  • Amanda September 22 at 5:17 pm

    Just when I thought I had enough Writer’s Workshop mentor texts, you throw some more at me! I just added “One Day, The End” and “A Squiggly Story” to my Amazon cart! I love “The Best Story” and “Ralph Tells a Story” already. Thanks for your great ideas! I’m going to keep my eyes open for “Hoptoad” at the used bookstores. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

    • Deedee September 23 at 6:34 am

      Thank you so much!!!!

  • Schooling Blog February 10 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for sharing these ideas… These are really helpful. Thanks a lot

  • hotmail com login December 30 at 7:55 am

    Love these books!! Thank you for sharing! I will definitely buy them all!

  • Lisa May 14 at 4:31 am

    Whatโ€™s the best book for teachers to read over the summer about how to teach writing to kids?

  • Leave a Reply

    About Me

    About Me

    My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching to different age groups and in different classroom environments. My heart belongs to early childhood education and I love working with other teachers who share this same love as me. Read More

    Deedee

    Search Blog

    Curriculum guide, Lily unit, mentor texts, and more

    Subscribe to be the first to know! Plus this curriculum planning map that is packed with FREE resources.

    Privacy Policy

    2 Month FREE Trial

    Join our Facebook Group

    Letters Alive

    FREE Webinars

    Resources

    Grab a Button

    Mrs Wills Kindergarten

    Latest Posts

    Recent Tweets

    ×