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26 Best New and Noteworthy Books for Back to School Read Alouds

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Check out these 20 elementary read alouds for back to school! These fun activities are your survival kit perfect for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. TIps and ideas to help you hack classroom management and build community while covering standards!

What Are The Best Earth Day Books For Elementary?

Check out these Earth Day books for elementary students. Earth Day activities and ideas for the picture books for Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade. Poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction books for kids to teach about environmental science. Great books for for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.

It’s always a good day to teach your students about environmental awareness, not just Earth Day. There are SO MANY great books out there to teach your students about conservation and protecting our planet. When I first started teaching, it seemed like every teacher knew really good books to read for every holiday, while I […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Teaching With Picture Books

You should be teaching with picture books instead of chapter books. But why? For one, picture books are more complex than chapter books. Read on to find out more and when chapter books fit in to teaching.

Picture books have gotten a bad rap over the years. Teachers, parents and students alike think that picture books are what you should be reading to your students until they can read by themselves and then they should be reading chapter books. THEY ARE DEAD WRONG! I’m here to tell you though: you should be […]

What Are Mentor Texts And Why You Need To Use Them Right Now

What are mentor texts? How can you use them? Time-saving tips and ideas and suggestions along with a free guide to get you using mentor texts!

Mentor texts. I feel like “mentor text” is a term that is both over-used and misunderstood. They’re also not utilized to their full potential. Mentor texts are probably one of the most important things you can use in your classroom at any age. They also help you save time, and as teachers, time is the […]

At What Age Should Interactive Read Alouds Stop?

At what age should interactive read alouds stop? What grade level should you stop doing read alouds? The answer and reasons why inside!

Who doesn’t love interactive read alouds? Even as an adult I still read books aloud. I’m an admitted picture bookaholic, yes. But what about the rest of the world? At what age or grade level should interactive read alouds stop? While I was doing my student teaching, I split my days between a Kindergarten/1st grade […]

Best Read Alouds For Black History Month

Check out these engaging picture books for February's Black History Month. Fun fiction and nonfiction stories for kids. Award-winning books about famous African Americans in history. Your elementary students will love these lesson plans and activities for Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grade. Great ideas for your classroom!

Black History Month is right around the corner, and there are SO MANY great books out there to teach your students about African American heritage and history in this country. When I first started teaching, it seemed like every teacher knew really good books to read for every holiday, while I was left asking around […]

What Are The Best Winter Read Alouds?

10 Best Winter Read alouds to read in the wintery, cold months. Fiction and nonfiction books that are sure to engage your students in fantastic stories from award-winning authors. These are the best picture books for winter perfect for kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grade students. Read some new books for your kids this winter! Lesson plans and activities also included!

There are some AMAZING books out there to drive out the winter doldrums. Books about winter wonderlands and snow-filled adventures. Here is where I’m going to summarize what are some of my favorite books to read in winter. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if I’ve missed any of what you would […]

My Favorite Character Education Books

These are the best character education read alouds for elementary and primary. Build citizenship and social skills through read alouds. Picture book mentor texts that will help you teach essential skills through reading and discussion. Plus a free resource to get you started! These picture books for kids and for teachers are perfect for Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade!

The new school year is upon us and I’m here with my recommendations for teaching character education.  I’m kind of obsessed with picture books, and I’m convinced there’s at least one picture book for every situation.  These books are great for teaching character so your students can grow up to be respectful and responsible human […]