My Review Policy

The focus of my blog is to review and develop a list of high quality picture books that teachers can use as mentor texts to teach specific genres and strategies in Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop.  It is truly a labor of love.  Much of my career as an educator has been to support teachers in their literacy work.  As I begin a new chapter at the end of my  literacy coaching career, this is my effort to continue that support for incredibly hard working teachers.

I will be happy to accept picture books (only) for potential review as mentor texts from publishers. Please email me at:  

I will only post a review on my blog if I see strong potential in the book for use as a mentor text in Reading and Writing Workshop.

I will consider reviewing picture books in these genres:
Fiction-including: contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, traditional literature and modern fantasy

Non-fiction-including: memoir, narrative non-fiction, expository non-fiction, procedural texts, persuasive texts, biography


Hybrid Text

I will only review books that have been published and that teachers can get their hands on immediately.  I will not review self-published books.

Thank you for considering me.


  1. Hi Patty. I stumbled upon this GEM while doing research for a paper that I am writing on Reading Workshop for a class that I am currently taking. I CANNOT wait to share this with our literacy coach and teachers. THANK YOU, THANK YOU & THANK YOU for all of your hard work in putting this together. :)

    Angie Sriver

    1. Hello, Angie! Thanks so very, very much for your kind comments about my blog! Please, please do share it with your literacy coach and teachers. It is so great for me to know that my blog reaches passionate teachers. Good luck with your paper! Let me know how it goes using the blog during the school year! All the best! Patty