Book Notes/Comprehension Prompts  


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 link.

The BYL Book Notes are written by Margaret Mooney and a dedicated group of American Classroom teachers. 

Bio-Margaret Mooney
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 Children.

Book Notes Additional Comprehension Prompts
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.

Comprehension Prompts are truly wonderful resources for motivating, engaging, teaching, reinforcing, enriching, and supporting the reading-writing process, and they...

help learners reflect, recall, imagine, create, demonstrate, search, analyze, evaluate, and respond either via oral or written expression.

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 evaluate.

serve to motivate and accelerate ALL children, especially those who are not reading on or above grade level . . . and that is the ultimate goal.

You will see 5 categories of prompts for 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)

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 (PDF)
for the book featured in our 2018
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 Book Notes 

Children's Books Page


 Page 1



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

 Page 2



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



Page 3

Additional 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)

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