The read aloud books that you choose to read to your new students on the first week of school help to share understanding about school procedures, build a classroom community and set the tone for the school year. Here are some of our favorite back-to-school read aloud titles!
David Goes to Schoolby David Shannon
An exploration of naughtiness, David Goes To School, helps children understand rules and why they are important. David, the main character of the book, disrupts the class with his many antics — from showing up late, to chewing gum, to yelling out of turn. David Goes to School provides a platform for a conversation on how David misbehaves, what is the right way to behave, and why it is important.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
The Kissing Hand is the story of Chester, a raccoon who is starting school in the forest, but does not want to go. To help ease his fears, Mama Raccooon shares with him the secret of the “kissing hand” which provides the reassurance that her love is with him wherever he goes. The Kissing Hand is a great read for students who are starting school for the first time.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
We all remember the dreaded day when school starts. Sarah Jane Hartwell is no different. When her alarm rings, Sarah Jane Hartwell is reluctant to get out from under the covers, nervous about everything she will encounter on her first day of school. After much hesitation, Sarah makes it to school. It is then that we realize that Sarah Jane Hartwell is not a student, but a teacher. First Day Jitters helps children to realize that they are not alone in experiencing back-to-school anxiety — teachers get butterflies, too.
Children’s beloved character, Froggy, is going back to school! Only, he is nervous about his first day back. The night before school begins, Froggy has a terrible nightmare about it only to find that the morning of does not prove to be any better. Froggy is surprised however, to find that his first day of school turns out to be rewarding. Froggy Goes to School is a great read to calm those back-to-school jitters.
What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
What if Everybody Did That? is a great book that conveys a message about responsibility and the consequences of certain behaviors. Through the story of a boy who is forced to consider the consequences of his thoughtless choices, students can engage in conversation about the outcomes associated with certain behaviors. This book provides an easy segue for establishing classroom rules and routines and the importance of following them.