Are you ready for the new school year? Read alouds are a great way to ease some back to school jitters. Here is a list of my favorite back to school books for the first day of school and beyond, plus fun activities too!
Back to School Book #1:
by Shannon Olsen
This is the perfect book for not only the first day of kindergarten but any grade! You can help calm those first day jitters with this sweet letter from a teacher to her students. Many of your young learners are nervous and need to know that you care about them and want them to feel comfortable in their new classroom with a new teacher and possibly new friends.
Students will be able to share something about themselves with you.
You can snag the free file to go along with this book at the end of the blog post.
Back to School Book #3:
by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
This is a great read aloud for kindergarten. I use this simple, printable book to practice counting with students.
The printable book and other activities for Brown Bear, Brown Bear can be found in this unit:
Back to School Book #4:
Y’all I love wordless books! I Walk with Vanessa is a sweet book about a young girl and her first day with new classmates. Sadly, Vanessa’s first day doesn’t go so well but another little girl notices. The next day, the little girl decides to walk with Vanessa to school and introduce her to friends. This is a great book to talk about feelings and empathy for others. Overall, an adorable book!
There is also a video of this book with music on YouTube. Here is the video for you.
If you decide to use this book to talk about feelings, here is a free cut and glue activity! You can download this free file at the end of the blog post.
Back to School Book #5:
by Elise Parsley
A fun book to surely make your young students laugh.
I’ve used these activities in a listening center but you could also use the printables as a whole-group response to the story.
The listening center activities for this book can be found here:
Back to School Book #6:
by Derrick Barnes
A cute story about going to kindergarten and the new experiences that come with it!
There is also a Queen of Kindergarten book! Two great picture books!
Have your students make these crowns to wear so they can be kings and queens of kindergarten. Yet another free file for you!
Back to School Book #7:
by Bill Martin, Jr.
I love sharing the video, too! It has a fun little beat.
Back to School Book #8:
by Kevin Henkes
Lilly goes to school and loves her new teacher until the first time she gets into a little trouble for having a hard time listening. This is a great story to share with students.
Plus, we have an entire week of free lesson plans and activities for you!
You can snag the free curriculum map and this awesome resource from this blog post:
Back to School Book #11:
by Mo Willems
Books by Mo Willems are some of my students’ favorite books!
Check out this adorable bus snack you can make to go along with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.
I have other activities for this funny story and a free file in this blog post:
There are so many great books for the first few weeks of school! Check out some other titles and activities by clicking the links below:
What are your favorite children’s books to read during the first days of school? I’d love to hear your book recommendations!
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