Mentor Text Monday: You Nest Here With Me

Writing for Children Blog
February 10, 2016

What writers and illustrators can learn from You Nest Here With Me...


How to…


* create compelling nonfiction that begs to be read repeatedly.


* combine a bedtime story with authentic nonfiction elements.


* infuse rhythm and rhyme.


* incorporate lyrical language and stunning illustrations.


* include intriguing backmatter.


* augment love between parent and child with a repeating refrain.


Here’s my review that reveals more details.

"I grew up birding with my dad, so this book makes me happy every time I read it. Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Stemple do an incredible job of combining a bedtime story with authentic nonfiction elements about birds. The facts and the story interweave seamlessly to create an intriguing story for both younger and older kids. It was the perfect homeschooling segment for all of us!  The back matter is  well written and interesting. Melissa Sweet's stunning illustrations hide extra birds for children to find. Through metaphors, rhyme, rhythm and lyrical language, You Nest Here With Me creates the perfect bedtime preamble. This is one of my all time favorite picture books.  I highly recommend it to anyone who loves words, kids, birds, or all three!"

Happy Reading and Writing,



Kirsti Call is the co-coordinator of ReFoReMo or Reading for Research Month, a research challenge and blog focused on mentor texts for picture book writers. Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, came out December 2013 with Character Publishing. She contributes to Writer's Rumpus and is a CYBILS panelist.


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