September Read Aloud Books that are Perfect for Your Classroom

Are you looking for the perfect books to share with your class this month?  Well, you have come to the right place!  Reading and preparing lessons from engaging picture books is both my hobby and passion!

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After reading about 40 books to prepare for my lessons this month, I have found 5 picture books that I wanted to share with you.  This is a collection of books that you and your students are guaranteed to love!  A couple of these books may be new to you and your students.  Be sure to check them out because you might just find a new favorite!

Note: This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small commission for finding and sharing the links with you.  This does not affect the price you pay for the items.  You will be paying the same price and any money I earn is used to buy more picture books to share.

Check out this month's finds....

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This book has an apple them that is perfect for September, but it also teaches a valuable lesson that is perfect for the beginning of the school year or anytime!  Mr. Peabody's Apples takes place in 1949 in Happville.  Mr. Peabody is a highly admired teacher and baseball coach.  One day, one of his students sees Mr. Peabody do something that he thought was wrong.  The student starts rumors that were very hurtful to Mr. Peabody.  Instead of getting mad, Mr. Peabody takes the opportunity to teach his students a lesson about the importance of choosing our words carefully to avoid unintentionally hurting someone.  

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The Raft is inspired by the author's childhood memories on the river with this grandmother.  When Nicky finds out that he is going to be spending the summer with his grandmother in Wisconsin, he just knows it will be the worst summer ever.  However, as the summer progresses Nicky learns to appreciate all that the river has to over and is learning more about himself and his talents in the process.  This book is full of adventure and imagination.  

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Goldilocks and Just One Bear is a fun fractured fairy tale and a humorous sequel to the traditional Goldilocks story.  In this version, Little Bear wonders out of the woods and finds himself lost in the big city.  Little Bear becomes lost and confused from all the bright lights and loud noises.  He decides to take shelter in an apartment in Snooty Towers.  No one is home so he decides to make himself at home.  Once the family returns, Little Bear realizes that he has stumbled upon the home of Goldilocks much like she had done in the original version of this fairy tale.  The fun illustrations and word play will help to make this book an instant favorite in your classroom.  

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Elmer is a patchworked elephant with an equally colorful character.  His optimism and sense of humor helps to keep others in his community in a cheerful mood.  Despite his positive outlook, Elmer starts to think that others are laughing at him for the way he looks.  Elmer decides to make himself look more like the other elephants by rolling in gray colored berries.  Now, no one seems to notice him.  For a while, Elmer thinks this is great until he and the other start to realize how much they miss the true Elmer.  I love to share this book with my students and discuss the unique characteristics that we each have that makes us special.  

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More Than Anything Else is a historical fiction book based on the childhood of Booker T. Washington.  The story is told in the Booker's voice as a nine-year-old boy.  Booker tells of how after gaining freedom from slavery, all he wanted to do was learn to read.  He finally finds someone to teach him the letters and sounds.  Booker is determined to learn to read and then promises that he will teach others to read.  This inspirational story is perfect for sharing with your students that their dreams are possible with enough work and determination.  


As a special gift this month, you can grab the interactive read aloud lesson for Elmer and companion nonfiction passage about elephants for FREE by clicking on the link below.  

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A collection of picture books that are perfect for September Read Alouds.  Titles include Elmer, More Than Anything Else, Mr. Peabody's Apples, Goldilocks and Just One Bear, The Raft.  Pin this image on Pinterest

Short on time?  

You can grab complete interactive read aloud lessons for each of these books and companion nonfiction passages by clicking on the image below.

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