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25 Must-Have Back to School Books
Back to school books are one of my favorite collections of read alouds for the first week of school! Children come to school with a variety of emotions. Some kids feel scared and sad to leave their families, while others come ready to go, full speed ahead, and excited to run the show. This is why a wide selection of back to school books for kids can help set the tone for the entire school year.
After sorting through my personal collection of books to read aloud the first week of school, and gathering input from fellow teachers on instagram (let’s connect), here is a collection of back to school books for preK, kindergarten, and first grade teachers.
Back to School Children’s Books
Even though Pigeon already knows everything, he still has to go to school. This popular picture book series for kids addresses the fears and anxieties that kids feel as they get ready to start school in a fun and silly way. The kids will be laughing and giggling as they face their fears with Pigeon.
This is a classic storybook for kids for the first day of school!
This fun read aloud for back to school will get the kids participating and forgetting about their first day nerves.
This short and simple back to school book is great for starting your homeschool journey, or as a quick read aloud in the classroom. Biscuit is a favorite character loved by kids ages 4-8.
#1 New York Times best selling book from the “If You Give a…” series!
Help your kiddos get over those terrible nervous feelings about starting school with First Day Jitters, a classic addition to your collection of back to school books.
When the little kids come in pouting about going to school, this children’s read aloud will help them feel better about all the fun things to come!
This famous cat does it again! Pete the Car has on his rocking school shoes as he grooves around checking out everything in the school. This fun read aloud will be sure to put a smile on the kids faces – leaving them feeling excited and happy about starting school.
This interactive, role-reversal, book will have the kids laughing and proud to go to school.
There will likely be many kids who can relate to the feeling of not wanting to go to school. But, Joey, on the other hand, comes up with a whole list of reasons and excuses why he can’t go. This teacher-designed book is perfect for the first week of school in first grade!
It’s Llama’s first day of preschool, and he misses his mama! This would be a perfect read aloud book for preschool and preK to help the kids get over their separation anxiety.
Chester Raccoon doesn’t want to leave his mom and go to school. This heart-warming, classic children’s book, will help kids understand that their families are thinking of them, and will be waiting for them as soon as they get home from school. There are endless crafts on pinterest that you can do with this back to school book.
Books for Classroom Management and Building Classroom Community
Whew…David is exhausting and needs a lot of reminders of how to behave in school!
This book is perfect as a bridge to name building activities and lessons to build a positive classroom community.
I’m so grateful a fellow teacher, and family member, recommended this book! I don’t know how it wasn’t already in my collection of Back to School books! Help create a home away from home in your awesome classroom with this #1 Best-Seller book for kids.
This book would be great for the slightly older kids – ranging from first to third grade.
I can’t say enough how much I love this book! It’s an interactive, fun, and shows the kids they have the power to choose how their day will go! There are 8 stories in one based on how the kids choose during each scenario! Great for ages 4-9.
Teach your kids to be responsible, fun, patient, and confident with this book for kids about making good choices.
#1 Best Seller for children’s fiction and social situations! This book is about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. This is a must-have in your back to school read-aloud book collection.
Kindergarten Books Read Aloud
Take away those nervous jitters with a light and funny poem for all the milestones kindergarten has to offer – from the first day of school to the 100th day of school celebration!
Help the kids understand it’s normal to miss mom and dad when starting kindergarten. This read aloud book will help them relate to text, and become engaged in conversations about their feelings. This would be a great ice-breaker conversation on the first day of school – asking the kids to share what they did to get ready for school the night before.
This fun first day of school book is an adaption of the “the twelve days of Christmas” song. There are lots of fun things to happen in kindergarten, and this book helps set the stage for kiddos that are excited and nervous.
This Newberry Honor-winning author, Derrick Barnes, has done it again! The King of Kindergarten is a New-York Times best seller, and should be in your collection of back to school books for kindergarten.
This book was a class favorite year after year! It is full of fun rhymes, bright illustrations, and sets the tone for a fun first day of kindergarten.
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