Back to School Read Alouds

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Hey, y'all. Happy Sunday morning to you. I hope this back to school season has you feeling inspired and excited! This week, I'll be sharing a few of my favorite back to school read alouds for kinder, first, and second. (This post includes affiliate links.)

Every year in kindergarten, we start the first day of school off with The Kissing Hand. Chester is worried about leaving momma on the first day of school, but Mom's comforting encouragement helps give him the confidence to have a good first day. We use this book to discuss how we are feeling and we graph our first day emotions. 

In first and second grade, we start the year off with First Day Jitters. Sarah is having a hard time getting out of bed on the first day of school. She is afraid the kids will be mean and won't like her. After lots of coaxing from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah finally gets up and goes to school. When she arrives, the principal greats her and introduces her to the class…as the teacher! This is a great book to teach empathy and other people's points of view. Could the teacher actually have first day jitters too?! This is a great conversation starter about feelings. 

How Full Is Your Bucket? We read the bucket filling books to discuss how we can be nice to our classmates and considerate of their feelings. Each person has an invisible bucket. When positive things happen, the bucket fills up. When negative things happen, the bucket gets dipped into. We talk about the importance of being a bucket filler versus being a bucket dipper.

The Crayon Box that Talked teaches kids about cooperation, diversity and acceptance. The crayons in this box just can't seem to get along, until someone special takes them home and shows them how important each and every color is.

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore leads into our discussion about why we need rules and which ones we should have. The main character has a hard time knowing what's okay and what's not okay. We discuss how we should behave in school and develop rules we can all agree on for our class.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes is a super cute book about being awesome in school. Pete is rocking and rolling through his day at school. He discovers all the major rooms in the school (library, lunchroom, etc) which leads us into a school tour.

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses is an adorable story about how you have the power to have a positive attitude. It helps us own our actions and sets the stage for positive conversations. It's a fun and exciting addition to the first weeks of school.

And we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to begin our study of letters. We graph the letters in our name and see who has the longest and shortest names. 

This was our graph from a few years ago. 

What are some of your favorite back to school books? Let me know in the comments below and have a great week!


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