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"How do we find those magical read-alouds that will carry our students away on the music of literary language while also establishing a foundation for a more sophisticated understanding and appreciation of how written language works? We must take the work of selecting read-alouds very seriously." —Linda Hoyt

The children's classics in Linda Hoyt's Interactive Read-Alouds are organized into two groups—Mentor Texts and Booklinks. A Mentor Text is an exemplary model of good literature and is the centerpiece of each lesson. A cover image of each Mentor Text opens the lesson and the lesson explicitly models how to teach a targeted strategy or literary element with this title. Booklinks are also familiar favorites that lend themselves to teaching a targeted standard. These are suggested as alternative titles that will help you extend the focus on a standard across many texts and multiple subjects. Many of the Mentor Texts and Booklinks are Caldecott and Newberry Medal winners.

Interactive Read-Alouds Grades K–1
Interactive Read-Alouds Grades 2–3
Interactive Read-Alouds Grades 4–5
Interactive Read-Alouds Grades 6–7

For a complete list of Caldecott and Newberry Medal winners, their authors, their publishers, and the dates they were published click on Caldecott and Newberry Medal List

Interactive Read-Alouds Grades K-1
To view all of the Grade K-1 titles (Mentor Texts and Booklinks) organized by strand and standard click on Grades K-1 Lesson Matrix
To view all of the K-1 Mentor Texts and Booklinks in alphabetical order click on Grades K-1 Title List

In Grades K-1 there are 60+ interactive read-aloud lessons built around the following Mentor Texts.
  • The Art Lesson by Tomie de Paola
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • The Bremen-Town Musicians by Ilse Plume
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends, "The Lost Button" by Arnold Lobel
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends, "The Swim" by Arnold Lobel
  • Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams
  • The Ghost-Eye Thee by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
  • Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
  • Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Romanoff
  • Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
  • Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
  • No David! by David Shannon
  • Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Q is for Duck by Mary Elting and Michael Folsom
  • Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
  • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bank
  • The Art Lesson by Tommie dePaola
  • The Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin and John Archambault
  • Tomorrow's Alphabet by George Shannon
  • Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting
  • When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
  • Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Interactive Read-Alouds Grades 2–3
To view all of the Grade 2-3 titles (Mentor Texts and Booklinks) organized by strand and standard click on Grades 2-3 Lesson Matrix
To view all of the Grade 2-3 Mentor Texts and Booklinks in alphabetical order click on Grades 2-3 Title List

In Grades 2-3 there are 60+ interactive read-aloud lessons built around the following Mentor Texts.

  • The Art Lesson by Tommie dePaola
  • Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
  • The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
  • Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer
  • Cheyenne Again by Eve Bunting
  • A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett
  • Crow Boy by Taro Yashima
  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
  • Dogteam by Gary Paulson
  • Dr. De Soto by William Steig
  • Fredrick by Leo Lioni
  • The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
  • The Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin and John Archambault
  • Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
  • Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
  • Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser
  • Heartland by Diane Siebert
  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach
  • Jumanjii by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Little Bear's Visit by Else H. Minarik
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Martin's Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rapport
  • Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Puss in Boots by Malcolm Arthur
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
  • Shrek! by William Steig
  • Sleeping Ugly by Jand Yolen
  • Snow by Uri Shulevitz
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • Tomorrow's Alphabet by George Shannon
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka
  • Tuesday by David Wiesner
  • The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney
  • What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
  • When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Yo! Yes? by Richard Jackson
Interactive Read-Alouds Grades 4–5
To view all of the Grade 4–5 titles (Mentor Texts and Booklinks) organized by strand and standard click on Grades 4-5 Lesson Matrix
To view all of the 4-5 Mentor Texts and Booklinks in alphabetical order click on Grades 4-5 Title List

In Grades 4–5 there are 60+ interactive read-aloud lessons built around the following Mentor Texts.

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles
  • Barefoot by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • Black and White by David Macaulay
  • The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
  • Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer
  • Caves by Stephen P. Kramer
  • Cheyenne Again by Eve Bunting
  • Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
  • Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • Dogteam by Gary Paulsen
  • Dandelions by Eve Bunting
  • A Drop of Water by Walter Wick
  • The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
  • The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
  • The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
  • Gleam and Glow by Eve Bunting
  • The Heart by Seymour Simon
  • Heartland by Diane Siebert
  • Home Run by Robert Burleigh
  • If I Were in Charge of the World by Judith Viorst
  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
  • Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  • Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rapport
  • More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Nettie's Trip South by Ann Turner
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Miss Alaineus by Debra Frasier
  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  • Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver
  • Piggy Pie! by Margie Palatini
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Sector 7 by David Wiesner
  • Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting
  • So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • Tough Cookie by David Wisniewski
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
  • The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Yellow Star by Carmen Agra Deedy
  • The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
Interactive Read-Alouds Grades 6–7
To view all of the Grade 6–7 titles (Mentor Texts and Booklinks) organized by strand and standard click on Grades 6–7 Lesson Matrix
To view all of the 6–7 Mentor Texts and Booklinks in alphabetical order click on Grades 6–7 Title List

In Grades 6–7 there are 60+ interactive read-aloud lessons built around the following Mentor Texts.

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury
  • "The All-American Slurp" by Lensey Namioka
  • Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • "America the Not-so-Beautiful" by Andy Rooney
  • American Plague, An: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
  • Angel for Solomon Singer, An by Cynthia Rylant
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Animals Nobody Loves by Seymour Simon
  • "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant
  • Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles
  • "April Rain Song" by Langston Hughes
  • Avalanche by Stephen Kramer
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Belinda and the Glass Slipper by Amy Young
  • Black and White by David Macaulay
  • Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Meyers
  • Black Whiteness by Robert Burleigh
  • Boy Called Slow, A by Joseph Bruchac
  • Boy of the Painted Cave, The by Justin Denzel
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Call of the Wild, The by Jack London
  • Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson
  • Cay, The by Theodore Taylor
  • "Charles" by Shirley Jackson
  • Cheyenne Again by Eve Bunting
  • "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest L. Thayer
  • Children of Topaz, The: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp by Michael O. Tunnell and George W. Chilcoat
  • City of Ember, The by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli
  • Dogteam by Gary Paulsen
  • Devil's Arithmetic, The by Jane Yolen
  • Drop of Water, A by Walter Wick
  • Encounter by Jane Yolen
  • Even More Parts by Tedd Arnold
  • Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savannah by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
  • "Ellis Island" by Joseph Bruchac
  • Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya
  • Faithful Friend, The by Robert D. San Souci
  • Feathers and Fools by Mem Fox
  • Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher
  • Firebird by Demi
  • "Fog" by Carl Sandburg
  • Frenchtown Summer by Robert Cormier
  • "From Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
  • "The Fun They Had" by Isaac Asimov
  • "The Future Doesn't Belong to the Fainthearted" by Ronald Reagan
  • Frog Prince Continued, The by Jon Scieszka
  • Gardener, The by Sarah Stewart
  • "Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln
  • Giver, The by Lois Lowry
  • Gleam and Glow by Eve Bunting
  • Golem by David Wisniewski
  • Gold Cadillac, The by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
  • Great Kapok Tree, The by Lynne Cherry
  • Greatest, The: Mohammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers
  • Growing Up in Coal Country by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Great Fire, The by Jim Murphy
  • Guts by Gary Paulsen
  • Harlem by Walter Dean Myers
  • Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Heart, The: Our Circulatory System by Seymour Simon
  • Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Home Run by Robert Burleigh
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
  • Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • House of the Scorpion, The by Nancy Farmer
  • How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting
  • I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "I, Too" by Langston Hughes
  • In Flanders Fields by Norman Jorgensen and Brian Harrison-Lever
  • "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae
  • "In Response to Executive Order 9066: All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Centers" by Dwight Okita
  • Inconvenient Truth, An: The Crisis of Global Warming (teen/YA edition) by Al Gore
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Invention of Hugo Cabret, The by Brian Selznick
  • Inaugural Speech (1961) by John F. Kennedy
  • "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
  • Jazz: An American Saga by James Lincoln Collier
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
  • John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith
  • Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
  • Journey to Topaz: A Story of the American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  • "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers
  • Leon's Story by Leon Walter Tillage
  • Langston's Train Ride by Robert Burleigh
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  • Long Way from Chicago, A by Richard Peck
  • Lotus Seed, The by Sherry Garland
  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Meyers
  • Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres
  • Man Who Walked Between the Towers, The by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rapport
  • Mary Celeste, The: An Unsolved Mystery from History by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
  • Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
  • Martian Chronicles, The by Ray Bradbury
  • Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
  • Miss Alaineus by Debra Frasier
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • "The Mouse's Tale" by Lewis Carroll
  • My Brother Sam Is Dead by James and Chris Collier
  • Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Nettie's Trip South by Ann Turner
  • Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
  • "Oranges" by Gary Soto
  • Orphans of Normandy: A True Story of World War II Told Through Children by Nancy Amis
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Outsiders, The by S. E. Hinton
  • Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki
  • Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
  • People Could Fly, The by Virginia Hamilton
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Place to Grow, A by Soyung Pak
  • Peace Crane by Sheila Hamanaka
  • Princess Bride, The by William Goldman
  • Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver
  • "The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson
  • "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry
  • Red Flower Goes West by Ann Turner
  • "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling
  • "The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms by Marvin Terban
  • River Ran Wild, A by Lynne Cherry
  • Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Shrek! by William Steig
  • Silent Boy, The by Lois Lowry
  • Sign of the Beaver, The by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Single Shard, A by Linda Sue Park
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting
  • "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
  • Storms by Seymour Simon
  • "Summer Grass" by Carl Sandburg
  • Table Where Rich People Sit, The by Byrd Baylor
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • Tale of Despereaux, The by Kate DiCamillo
  • Teammates by Peter Golenbock
  • Terrible Things by Eve Bunting
  • Thanksgiving Story, The by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
  • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  • Tough Cookie by David Wisniewski
  • Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns
  • Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
  • True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The by Jon Scieszka
  • "Two Sunflowers Move in the Yellow Room" by William Blake
  • Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Voice That Challenged a Nation, The: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
  • Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, The by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Wednesday Wars, The by Gary D. Schmidt
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
  • Wall, The: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís
  • When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson, the Voice of a Century by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Whittington by Alan Armstrong
  • "Willow and Ginkgo" by Eve Merriam
  • Witness by Karen Hesse
  • Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
  • Wolves by Seymour Simon
  • Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The by L. Frank Baum
  • "A Word Is Dead" by Emily Dickinson
  • Wrinkle in Time, A by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Year Down Yonder, A by Richard Peck
  • Woodsong by Gary Paulsen
  • Z Was Zapped, The by Chris Van Allsburg