The beginning of the school year brings so much excitement! One of my favorite things about the beginning of the year is getting to read so many wonderful books to my class. I have a huge collection of books that I love to read during the first month of school.
These 20 books are some of my favorites to read aloud. They are perfect for building community, teaching rules and procedures, and character education.
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I love using this book at the beginning of the year. It’s the perfect lead-in to introduce everyone and get to know each other’s names.
This is another great book to read when you are discussing names and getting to know each other.
Really, any book by Kevin Henkes is a good choice.
This is a cute book about being proud of who you are, which is always a great message for kids.
This is the perfect way to lead into a discussion about tattling vs. reporting.
I just love Wodney Wat 🙂 He can’t pronounce his R’s and always gets teased, but saves the day at the end.
I always read this book on the first day of school. Then, we go on a scavenger hunt around the school.
Kids LOVE the pigeon, so this is definitely a must-have!
I love so many of Mark Teague’s books because the illustrations are wonderful. This one is perfect for the beginning of the school year.
The message in this one is wonderful for all students and how they may have not accomplished certain things, YET.
This book comes from the perspective of the actual school building’s feelings about the first day of school.
A dinosaur’s first day of school with human classmates make it challenging for her.
The students give tips for how to get the teacher ready for the first day of school.
Such a cute book about how to treat others.
Spoon thinks that Fork, Knife, and Chopsticks have it much better than him, but he learns how special he is. I also recommend Straw and Chopsticks by this same author.
This is a great book to talk about interrupting and how to control your thoughts until it is time to speak.
Which Back to School books would you add to the list?