I know we’re all having the back-to-school fever now that August has come. This entire week, I spent a lot of time looking for cheap but cute and colorful teaching stuff I could use to do a make-over of my classroom and that would match my red, green and yellow theme this year. I couldn’t wait for my classroom to be ready for the new school year! Right now, I’m trying to organize my Reading nook so that it will have a back-to-school theme. I have chosen eight k-2 books that I will feature this month in my classroom library. I think these books would be a good set to choose from for your read-aloud sessions with your kids this back-to-school week. I know how important it is to set the right tone on the first day, and reading these books will reinforce a positive feeling about being in school.
Books with “First Day” Theme:
1. Schoolies: My First Day of School by Ellen Crimi-Trent – Spencer does not know what to expect on his first day at school, so he feels awful just thinking about it. Soon he meets his teacher and other “schoolies” like him, and he feels a lot better!
This book is great for Pre-k or K kids who are just entering school for the first time. It includes stickers as an added bonus.
2. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg – I love how, at first, it seems like something nearly every child with be able to relate to as Sarah does everything possible and gives all sorts of excuses to avoid going to school. This story is hilarious with a quirky ending and a great story if you want to make a laugh during the first lesson. This book is one of my all-time favorites.
3. Fancy Nancy: JoJo’s First Day Jitters by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser – Again, another “First Day” Story in which the added lift-the-flaps pique interest. Nancy tries to cure her sister, JoJo’s, jitters with all sorts of “fancy” ideas. They try all sorts of things until finally, big sister, Nancy helps JoJo realize that it’s going to be all right.
Books with “How to Deal with Changes” theme:
4. Pinkalicious and the New Teacher by Victoria Kann – Pinkalicious can’t wait for a perfectly pinkariffic school year until she realizes she has a new teacher. Her day is topped off with many things like arranged seats, an erased chalk drawing, and no shaggy story-time rug. But afterwards, she realizes a new teacher might not be that bad.
I love that this book has bookmarks and stickers that I can give away to my kids, plus a fold-out poster that I can display in my room. It was also just recently published!
5. The Night Before first Grade by Natasha Wing – Penny’s excitement on the first day of school is shattered when she realizes that her best friend, Jenny, is in another class. This story, with words that rhyme, is sure to make your first graders share their feelings during your read-aloud session.
Books with “Being Good in School” Theme:
6. Pinkalicious: School Rules! by Victoria Kann – Pinkalicious wants her imaginary friend,, Goldie the unicorn to come with her to school. The teacher says yes but with one condition: Goldie must follow the school rules.
This book shows kids the importance of following rules in school.
7. My Teacher is the Tooth Fairy! by Mary Smith – Harold is often caught by his teacher daydreaming in school. Then he dreams that his teacher is the tooth fairy who makes a deal with him. And because he wants a new bike so badly, he starts wishing for all his teeth to fall out.
This book will teach your kids that it is okay to wish for something they like, but make sure they don’t take school for granted.
8. David Goes to School by David Shannon – David is one type of student who couldn’t keep still and who would surely keep a teacher busy. However, at the end of the day he is just like any other kid in class who deserves to be loved.
This book, which is my most favorite book to read aloud to my little kids, reminds me of why teaching is such an important calling.
I’m sure we all have our favorite read-aloud books with back-to-school themes. Please feel free to share what those books are. I would love to hear from you!
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