The search for “small moments” mentor texts for narrative writing signals the official beginning of story-telling in writer’s workshop!

There’s something so special about sharing these book gems with elementary students, providing them with a wide range of inspiration for authoring their very own personal narrative writing pieces.

Consider bookmarking this page of small moments read aloud books so that you can access them at the click of a button as you’re planning mini-lessons for your narrative writing unit in writing workshop.

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Small Moments Mentor Texts for Writer’s Workshop

Though this list of small moments read aloud books isn’t exhaustive, you’ll definitely find a variety of selections to fit your teaching needs.

  • A Bike Like Sergio’s (Maribeth Boelts)
  • A Chair for My Mother (Vera B. Williams)
  • A Letter to Amy (Ezra Jack Keats)
  • A Moment in Time (Jennifer Butenas)
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst)
  • Amazing Grace (Mary Hoffman)
  • Aunt Flossie’s Hats (Elizabeth Howard)
  • Baby Goes to Market (Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank)
  • The Bear and the Piano (David Lichtfield)
  • Bibbity Bop, Barber Shop (Natasha Anastasia Tarpley)
  • Bigmama’s (Donald Crews) 
  • The Big Big Sea (Martin Waddell)
  • Blackout (John Rocco)
  • Come On, Rain! (Karen Hesse)
  • The Dandelion Seed (Joseph Anthony)
  • Daniel’s Good Day (Micha Archer)
  • Early Sunday Morning (Denene Millner)
  • Every Friday (Dan Yaccarino)
  • Extra Yarn (Marc Barnett, Jon Klassen)
  • Flying Over Brooklyn (Myron Uhlberg)
  • Fireflies (Julie Brinckloe) 
  • Freedom Soup (Tami Charles)
  • Honey, I Love (Eloise Greenfield)
  • The Ghost of Sifty, Sifty Sam (Angela Shelf Medearis)
  • Goggles (Ezra Jack Keats)
  • Grandpa’s Stories: A Book of Remembering (Joseph Coelho)
  • Green Pants (Kenneth Kraegel)
  • Hair Love (Matthew A. Cherry)
  • Hike (Pete Oswald)
  • Home in the Woods (Eliza Wheeler)
  • Ira Sleeps Over (Bernard Waber)
  • It Takes a Village (Jane Cowen-Fletcher)
  • Jabari Jumps (Gaia Cornwell)
  • Jamaica’s Find (Juanita Havill)
  • Jin Woo (Eve Bunting)
  • Joshua’s Night Whispers (Angela Johnson)
  • Julius, The Baby of the World (Kevin Henkes)
  • Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn)
  • Kitchen Dance (Maurie J. Manning) 
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Mo Willems) 
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  • The Leaving Morning (Angela Johnson) 

More Narrative Writing Texts That Focus on Small Moments

  • Life on Mars (Jon Agee)
  • Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse (Kevin Henkes)
  • Mama Zooms (Jane Cowen-Fletcher)
  • Mr. George Baker (Amy Hest)
  • Night Shift Daddy (Eileen Spinelli)
  • Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street (Roni Schotter)
  • Ohana Means Family (Llima Loomis)
  • The Other Way to Listen (Byrd Baylor)
  • Owen (Kevin Henkes)
  • Owl Moon (Jane Yolen)
  • The Paperboy (Dav Pilkey)
  • Rain Feet (Angela Johnson)
  • Ralph Tells a Story (Abby Hanlon)
  • Red Rubber Boot Day (Mary Lyn Rae)
  • The Relatives Came (Cynthia Rylant) 
  • Roller Coaster (Maria Frazee) 
  • Salt Hands (Jane Chelsea Aragon) 
  • The Sandwich Swap (Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio)
  • Saturdays and Teacakes (Lester Laminack)
  • Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick (Kevin Henkes)
  • Shhh! We Have a Plan (Chris Haughton)
  • Shortcut (Donald Crews)
  • Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter (Eugenie Doyle)
  • The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats) 
  • Thunder Cake (Patricia Polacco) 
  • Tiny, Perfect Things (M.H. Clark)
  • Tight Times (Barbara Shook Hazen)
  • Twister! (Darleen Bailey Beard)
  • The Two of Them (Aliki)
  • The Underbed (Cathryn Clinton Hoellwarth)
  • Uptown (Bryan Collier)
  • The Wall (Eve Bunting)
  • Wemberly Worried (Kevin Henkes)
  • Wemberly’s Ice Cream Star (Kevin Henkes)
  • When Charley Met Emma (Amy Webb)
  • Zoom (Istvan Banyai)

You’re All Set With These Small Moments Read Aloud Books

Save time planning your personal narrative writing unit using this varied list of small moments mentor texts for elementary students.

These read alouds engage learners while also boosting enthusiasm for showcasing their own “small moments” in time.

If you’re teaching virtually, easily share books with students by adopting this structure of sharing read aloud texts remotely.

Which small moments mentor texts would you like to see added?

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Cheers to inspirational small moments