While I still have a month until I'm back with students, I'm starting to get organized and ready for the start of school. I've found that it's usually best to start with a story, so here are a few of my favorite beginning of the year read alouds.
|The Awesome Book - Dallas Clayton|
This guy is easily becoming my new favorite person. I love the message behind his words and the simplicity of his poetry.
|Officer Buckle and Gloria - Peggy Rathmann|
I use this book to spark a discussion on classroom safety and expectations for the classroom community.
|Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace - James Proimos|
Can kids change the world? You bet! I often use this book as a set up for a Socratic Seminar-esque discussion - "can world peace be achieved through cupcakes?" Afterwards, I have teams work together to make a batch of cupcakes.
|Because Brian Hugged His Mother - David Rice|
Actions matter and we are all connected, so be nice.
|Do Unto Otters - Laurie Keller|
We're all here for the same purpose. So, again, be nice.
|It's Okay to be Different - Todd Parr|
One of my all-time favorites celebrating individuality.
|The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers|
Room 106 is full of voracious readers!
|The New Girl...and Me - Jaqui Robbins|
An especially good read as friendships start to change in 2/3rd grade and kids aren't always sure how to deal with it.
|Squids Will be Squids - Jon Scieszka|
This guy is brilliant and another favorite author of mine. Just a nice little collection of modern fables kids really like.
|Oh, The Thinks You Can Think - Dr. Seuss|
|Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco|
Great book for students who've struggled in learning. I cannot get through this book without crying at the end. Never ever.
|Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell|
Awesome message on self-confidence!
|Horton Hatches the Egg - Dr. Seuss|
Good to use when discussing qualities of excellent citizenship. "I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one hundred percent."
|Sideways Stories From Wayside School - Louis Sachar|
I've started this book on the first day of school with my students for the past 5 years. Kids (and teachers) can easily connect to the characters, however silly they may be. A great community builder, for sure.
|Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary|
Who doesn't love Ramona?! Cleary accurately captures the different emotions an 8 year old can feel towards his or her family, friends, and teachers.
The First Day of School - Judith Viorst
We all have first day jitters :)
Whatifs - Shel Silverstein
Getting all those worries down on paper helps them to disappear.
Helping - Shel Silverstein
I'm thinking this might pair well with Because Brian Hugged His Mother.
Did I miss any? What are your favorites?