Learning Lab Resources: Back to School Read Alouds
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Back to School Read Alouds

The first few days of school is perfect for read alouds.  It is important to start building a classroom community as soon as students enter your classroom. Read alouds, generally realistic fiction, will allow you to open a discussion and give students opportunities to make connections to your classroom.  They also lend themselves well to teaching behaviors and expectations that will be enforced throughout the year.

I went and compiled a list of 30 books that would be perfect to read throughout the first week.  Many of them deal with starting a new school year, while others focus on bullying, tattling, and the consequences of disrespectful behavior.  If you hover over the image of a book, you will be able to read a short summary. Click the pictures for a more in-depth description. I hope you find this useful!


  1. Hi Melissa! I was at Barnes and Noble browsing for new books to add to my back to school collection. I wish I had taken your list. I see some new ones on the shelf. Thanks for the ideas!

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  2. Hi Melissa! I love this post! Thank you for sharing...so many great book ideas! I remember when you started your blog....it was right around the time I did. Shortly after I had started I got my first teaching job and abandoned it! I am just now starting to get back into it and completely redid my blog. I enjoy reading your posts! Keep up the good work!!

  3. Great books! My all time favorite is First Day Jitters. An outstanding story with a surprise ending. Thanks for sharing.