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31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 Back to School Books | Read Alouds for K-2

June 24 Wills 6 min read

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Books

The first day of summer has come and gone! Are you starting to plan for the upcoming school year? This list of 31 back to school books is perfect for the beginning weeks of school. Without a doubt, these are some of my favorite books to read at the beginning of the school year!

Back to School Book #1: I Walk with Vanessa by Kerscoet

First, let’s start with a wordless book because you all know I LOVE them! This story about kindness is perfect for the first weeks of school. Walk your students through the illustrations and discuss what is happening throughout the story. What a great way for students to empathize and connect with the story and each other. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #2: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. 

I, of course, had to add this one to the list of back to school books! I feel like ALL primary teachers have it in their book collection somewhere. Check out the video for an alternative to reading aloud.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

 

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Check out this blog post for lesson ideas:

Back to School Book #3 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

A sweet story about a little mouse who is named after a flower and gets teased because of it. This book teaches a great lesson on how everyone is special in their own way. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Check out this blog post for lesson ideas:

Back to School Book #4: The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

A Korean girl walks into her new classroom and decides that she isn’t ready to share her name with her classmates because she is afraid of what they will say or think. Surprisingly, her classmates want to help her by creating a name jar with ideas. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Back to School Book #5: When I was Five by Arthur Howard

A little boy compares some of his favorite things when he was five years old, to now that he is six. You could use this book in an “all about me” lesson. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #6: Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A story about four shape friends. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #7: The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

Mean Jean is the queen of the playground. All of a sudden, things change when she meets Katie Sue.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share this list of great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Click below for lesson ideas:

Back to School Book #8: The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts

No one pays attention to small Sally McCabe, but she notices quite a lot. She wants everyone to be kind and decides to make herself seen and heard. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #9: Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom

Mrs. McNeal’s class of nineteen tattling students is driving her crazy! Sound familiar? We all know this scenario way too well! Discuss with your class what is a big deal and worth letting you know about it. Doing so might just save your sanity!

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #10: The Invisible Boy by Tracy Ludwig

Brian is a boy that no one seems to notice until one day, he meets Justin. Brian shows kindness to Justin and they become friends. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Back to School Book #11: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

Magnolia brings a dinosaur for her show-and-tell and he gets her in big trouble. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #12: Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester

Wodney Wat is getting teased at school. Until he stands up to a bully during a game of Simon Says. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Click below for a blog post with lesson ideas:

Back to School Book #13: Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin Jr. 

If you’re going to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, why not add a numbers version? I’ve added the video for this one, too!

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

 

Back to School Book #14: Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo

Adventure Annie is ready for a lot of adventure in Kindergarten and tries her hardest to make good decisions, in the hope that she will earn the gold star. This story reminds me of a few sweeties I’ve had over the years. I’m sure you can think of a couple, too…

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #15: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow

Listening is tough, especially for Howard. He learns a good lesson about listening in school. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #16: If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Kids love these books and this one is great for back to school. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #17: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Molly Lou Melon is the shortest girl in first grade. Her grandma reminds her to be confident and she is just that!

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Back to School Book #18: Curious George’s First Day of School by Margret & H.A. Rey’s

George is invited to be a special helper on the first day of school. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #19: How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer

Do you talk about being a bucket filler in your classroom? Introduce the behavior management concept with this book! “Have you Filled a Bucket Today” is also a good one. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #20: The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola

Tommy loves drawing and is excited to start first grade so that he can learn from a real art teacher. Things turn out a little different than he expects. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Click below for a blog post with lesson ideas:

Back to School Book #21: Dear Teacher by Amy Husband

Michael writes letters to his teacher explaining that he won’t be there on the first day of school. Then, he receives a letter back from his teacher and something changes his mind. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #22: Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds

Not only is this book so stinkin’ cute but it also teaches a good lesson about friendship. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Back to School Book #23: Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale

Clark the Shark loves school, but he is a little too loud and wild. Consequently, his friends no longer want to play with him. Throughout the story, Clark learns to stay cool and calm. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Click below for a blog post with lesson ideas:

Back to School Book #24: David Goes to School by David Shannon 

In this book, David goes to school and learns some school rules. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #25: The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

People collect all sorts of things, but Jerome collects words. A sweet story that is a great addition to the list of back to school books.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Back to School Book #26: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

This is such a cool story about being different and knowing that sometimes, we have to just take those first few steps into something new. This book is certainly a new favorite!

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Back to School Book #27: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti is struggling with drawing when her teacher says, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you”. Vashti does just that and her art makes its way into the school art show.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit:

Back to School Book #28: Ish by Peter. H. Reynolds

Evidently, I like books by Peter Reynolds because here is another one! A boy’s drawings are “ish” drawings and he becomes inspired to spread those drawings into feelings and writing. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit: 

Back to School Book #29: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Lilly’s excitement about her new purse from her Grammy gets her into a little trouble at school. She writes a mean note about her teacher and slips it into his bag. Later at home, she finds a note that Mr. Slinger wrote to her, telling her that tomorrow will be a better day. As a result, Lilly quickly changes her mind and writes a new note to give to her teacher the next day. 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit: 

Back to School Book #30: After the Fall by Dan Santat

The story of Humpty Dumpty after he falls off the wall.  He conquers his fear one step at a time and at last, makes it back to the top.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

This book is included in this Engaging Readers Unit: 

Back to School Book #31: A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer

Lastly, a fun alphabet book to add the mix of back to school books! 

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

31 back to school books for primary grades. Share these great read alouds with your students during the first few weeks of school.

Hooray! You made it to the end of the list of back to school books. I hope you and your students enjoy these read alouds. Do you have some favorite back to school books? Comment below!

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  • Melissa Tilson August 24 at 9:11 pm

    Hello! I have just learned about your listen up sets. I hope that you continue to make these for our listening centers. I was given 5 brand new CD players for a listening center!

    Thank you for sharing your talent with everyone!

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