August means back-to-school season, which means it’s time to hunt for the perfect back-to-school read-alouds. At the beginning of the school year, I always loved to pull out my favorite read alouds and find some new, fresh ones that my students would enjoy. Back-to-school read alouds provide opportunities to build a classroom community, soothe fears and worries of young students, and help students get to know each other better.
To help you kick off the school year with high-quality, engaging read alouds, I have six books for you to use in your August read aloud lessons. You will love how these books easily lend themselves to practicing specific reading strategies, too.
Why should I use read alouds to teach reading skills?
Teaching reading skills while you are doing your interactive read aloud gives you so much bang for your buck. Students are usually captive when you read aloud to them. You can use this time to build and deepen their comprehension skills. You can teach them to infer, visualize, determine what’s important, and synthesize all while we read aloud to them. Additionally, you can also work with them on character development and retelling.
6 Books for Back to School Read Alouds
When choosing these books, I wanted to find books that were likely to be new to you and your students. I also wanted the books to incorporate important lessons and topics for the beginning of the year. And friends, these books do just that!
- My First Day by Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien
- The Smart Cookie by Jory John and Pete Oswald
- Can I Join Your Club by John Kelly
- Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olsen
- The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
- Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
August Read Aloud Lessons Planned For You
If you want read aloud lessons ready written for you, with activities planned out and ready to go, I can help. I put together everything you’ll need for lessons in the August Read Alouds resource. Each book has a full lesson plan with objectives, vocabulary to introduce, direct explanation, modeling, guided practice, and closure components. I guide you through the entire lesson!
I also included vocabulary cards and a vocabulary activity for each book. Because vocabulary is one of the Five Pillars of Reading, I wanted to provide you with plenty of opportunities to reinforce new words.
One of the most favored components of teachers who already use this resource is the printable sticky notes. Not only do you have a full, detailed lesson plan, but you have printable sticky notes to put inside your book with teaching points already written for you.
August Read Alouds has six lesson plans that help reinforce skills like making predictions, making connections, questioning, visualizing, and synthesizing. Everything you need for read alouds all in one place!
Be sure to grab your resource today to take planning read alouds off your plate as you welcome new students into your classroom!