by Dr. Connie Hebert
Prompts for Books for Young Learners Created & Written by Dr. Connie
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
● What’s Your Opinion? (Reflective
● Be Creative (Imaginative Drawing &
● Vocabulary Agent (Word
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
Alphabetical List of Books for Young Learners with
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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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:
Below is the Comprehension Prompt for Dogs at
from the example BYL Book Note shown on the left.
For Oral or Written Use Before, During, and After
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?
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
Find each of the following words in the
book. What page number did you find each one on?