Back to school time is exciting for both teachers and students. Choosing the perfect books to read aloud to your students during the first few days of school is just as important (if not more important) than a perfectly decorated room. Why is your book selection so important?
The perfect read aloud book can:
- Help teach rules and procedures in a meaningful and engaging way.
- Help build a sense of community.
- Show students how to interact with each other about a book.
- Be the key to setting up a literacy rich classroom that will grow readers throughout the year.
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I recently polled over 800 teachers to find what their favorite back to school read aloud books were and why they loved them Each of these books have been teacher-tested AND kid-approved….making them perfect for your classroom during back to school time! Take a look at the top 6 books voted on by teachers….
1. First Day Jitters This book discusses the nervousness that everyone feels on the first day of school. Sarah Jane Hartwell doesn’t want to go to her new school because she doesn’t know anyone and just know it will be awful. She quickly learns that her new school is not as bad as she thought! Your students will LOVE the surprise ending.
2. Wonder This book is probably best for 4th-6th-grade students…but if you teach older students this is a book you don’t want to miss! August Pullman, nicknamed Auggie, is a 10-year-old boy with an extreme facial deformity that causes other to avoid him. He had been homeschooled all of his life but is entering public school for the first time. Auggie’s classmates have a wide range of reactions when they encounter him including the use of hateful language. However, good wins! This story is emotional and very thought provoking. It makes me want to be a better person each time I read it…and I have read it 7 times
3. The Invisible Boy Brian is so quiet that nobody ever seems to notice him. He is never included in groups, asked to play at recess, or invited to birthday parties. That is, until, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first one to step up and make him feel welcome. Brian and Justin become instant friends and team up to work on a class project together. Brian finds a way to shine and show others how amazing he is. This book is perfect to show your students that everyone is important and their voice will be valued in your class.
4. Recess Queen Mean Jean is the class bully. Each day at recess, she makes sure that she is the first to kick, swing, and bounce. Everyone is afraid of her and they do not dare to cross her path. One day, Katie Sue, a new student, arrives. Being new, she did not know that it was customary for Mean Jean to get to do everything first so she begins to play like any kid would. Mean Jean doesn’t know what to think especially when Katie Sie invites her to play together.
5. Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon Molly Lou Melon looks and sounds different than other kids her age. Molly is starting a new school and a mean bully starts to pick on her. However, Molly’s grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud. Molly embraces her uniqueness and bravely faces the bully.
6. My Teacher is a Monster Bobby thinks he has the worst teacher. She yells a lot. She takes away recess from any student who is caught throwing paper airplanes. Billy is convinced she is a monster! That is until Bobby goes to the park one weekend and finds his teacher! Over the course of the day, Bobby learns that things are not always as they seem!