Books / Read Alouds for the Beginning of the School Year

One of my favorite parts of the school day is reading aloud to my students.  It allows me to share my LOVE of reading and instill a love of books in my students.  It is a time where we can connect, share experiences, and build a classroom community.  I pause often throughout the reading to ask questions, share thoughts, and allow students to add their opinions and ask questions.

In the beginning of the school year books are a great way to discuss nervous feelings, expectations, how to be a good friend, behaviors, etc.  I feel it is important to put these books in your library or book area for children to read at their leisure.  Even though kindergartners may not be able to read all the words in a book, they can still “read” by looking at the pictures and retelling the story in their own words.

Listed below are some of my favorite read aloud books for the first weeks of school (I couldn’t list all of them as this post would be too long lol).  I hope this helps you stock your library area for the hectic beginning of the year.

First Day Jitters / Feeling Accepted

Books About School

Behavior / Rules

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