My Top 10 Beginning of the Year Read Aloud Books (Part 1)

It's almost here! And by here, I mean the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!  

This is one of the best and most nervous days I have all year.   There is so much that has to be accomplished in 7.5 hours.  This day is one that can not get a redo.  The kids are just as nervous as I am.  I like to set the tone for the day and year with great read aloud picture books.  With all my newbies surrounding me on the carpet, I love the warm fuzzy environment that is created for a great start to the year. 

I will be writing today about my top 10 favorite Beginning of the Year read aloud books (part 2 coming on Friday).   

Top 10:
10: Today I Feel Silly                    
This book is about about all types of feelings that we have.  

It is perfect for the first day of school because the kids have so many feelings on that day.  They know those little butterflies are in their stomach but they can't quite put their finger on which feeling is causing it.  This book helps them figure out which feeling it is.  

9. The Kissing Hand
What a classic! In The Kissing Hand, Chester is nervous about going to school. His mother shows him a family secret to make sure he is not nervous. 

Many younger grades read this and I have found that when my 2nd grade students get to me, they have heard this story several times.  However, it is a classic for the first day of school and should not be skipped.
8. Nugget and Fang
Nugget and Fang shows a great friendship between two very different creatures of the sea. When Nugget goes to his 1st day of school, he learns that his classmates are afraid of sharks, like Fang. 

The students really love this book.  As a bonus, it teaches that they can be friends with different types of people.  

7. Chrysanthemum 
This story is about a little one who has an unusual name and has to deal with classmates who tease her about her name. 

I love this book because it teaches self-esteem skills, acceptance of yourself, and dealing with teasing.  It also helps that I LOVE Kevin Henkes. 

6. Swimmy
Swimmy shows a group of scared fish how to work together and be problem solvers to overcome a difficult situation. 

I like grouping the students together to brainstorm solutions to "What if" situations for the school year after reading this book.  It starts our classroom community and teamwork off on a great foot.

Be sure to come back on Friday to see the conclusion to "My Top 10  Beginning of the Year Read Aloud Books". 

Until then, off to more learning, laughter, and love!

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