As back to school time approaches, you know that the first days are all about setting the tone for whole year. Read aloud books are a perfect way to do this!
Coming together to listen to a story helps students feel more comfortable. This makes it easy to start class discussions and get to know your students.
Here are some of my favorite back to school read aloud books.
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This is a beautiful story about starting the first day of school feeling different, then making connections, and eventually learning to celebrate the differences that make each person unique.
This book is all about celebrating diversity. At school, it doesn’t matter where you are from, what you look like, or what you eat. All are welcome.
This lighthearted story describes the adventures of a sweet kindergarten boy on his first day of school.
Oliver is ready to start school, but Dad is feeling a bit nervous. Dad complains that his stomach hurts. He hides from Oliver when they are getting ready to leave. He drives very slowly to school. Meanwhile, Oliver works to reassure Dad that school will in fact be great.
This is a hilarious story about a little creature who eats his way through the entire alphabet.
It’s time for a story, but little Chicken has a hard time just listening. Instead, Chicken keeps interrupting by blurting out amended endings to each of the fairy tales Papa is reading.
It’s tough to be the new kid. When you have a name no one can pronounce, it’s even more difficult. When Unhei begins school in America, she wonders if she should choose a new name. If so, would the other kids accept her?
This is a sweet lesson about treating others with kindness and respect – even “enemies”.
This story is told with simply pictures, so technically it might not count as a read aloud. However, it is sure to lead to some wonderful class discussions about bullying, kindness, and joining together as a community.
This is a cute story about making friends and helping one another. The anti-bullying message is wonderful for helping to set the tone in your classroom.
Add some new read aloud books to your back to school plans and get the year off to a great start.