Going back to school can be both exciting and stressful. Reading stories about favorite familiar characters that are going back for a new school year, and familiar daily routines that will remind children of how a new school year will go is a great way for children to get ready for the new year.
The illustrations in the selected books for this week’s list will entertain children along with the rhyming texts and children will readily relate to the upcoming routines that will come back with returning to school. Riding the bus, seeing familiar items in their new classroom, and new teachers are all included in these selected stories. Two of the selected books will have children eager to meet their new teacher to find out if she/he will be as entertaining as the teachers in these stories. One book has an additional point of interest for teachers, parents, and librarians in that it includes a bibliography at the end of the story with titles to encourage reluctant readers.
Check out these fun read-alouds in the list and get ready for the upcoming school year. Children will want to add more books to their collection of stories for returning to school.
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“Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind” by Judy Finchler, and illustrated by Kevin O’Malley, is a great book for going back to school and encouraging reluctant readers who know that they will be going back to reading. The principal tells the children that every class will be participating in the Everybody Reads In America program this new school year and that he will dye his hair purple and sleep on the school roof if the classes read 1000 books during the school year. Miss Malarky is determined to find a book that each child will love. One student is especially difficult to select a book for, and she finally finds a book in June, the last month of school, that he wants to read. This reluctant reader with a book about aliens, race cars, and gum, becomes the number 1001 reader, and the principal lives up to his promise to dye his hair purple and spend the night on the school roof. Teachers, parents, and librarians will find the bibliography of books for reluctant readers at the end of this story an added point of interest. “Miss Malarky Leaves No Reader Behind” is recommended for ages 4-8, and was published by Walker and Company. It has an ISBN of 9780802720986.
Children love books about feelings, and if their teacher is entertaining with “silly” activities, then the first days of returning to school are more fun. “Don’t Be Silly, Mrs. Millie” by Judy Cox and illustrated by Joe Mathieu tells the story of a kindergarten teacher who understands that “silly” can motivate children. She starts the school year on the first day by using the wrong words in contexts. When it is time to say the Pledge, she tells them to salute the “frog”. Gathering for story time on the rug becomes “Sit on the bug”. Children can have an interactive reading experience by helping to correct Mrs. Millie’s mistakes. This story provides a fun word game for children in correcting the mistakes. The illustrations add to the hilarity of the word mistakes. This book is recommended for ages 5-8, and was published by Cavendish, Marshall Corporation. It has an ISBN of 9780761457275.
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The Berenstein Bears are also returning to school for the fall. These familiar characters will reassure children that going back to school will be great. Stan Berenstein provides a story with a familiar routine of waiting for the school bus, seeing familiar items in the school, having a great first day back, riding the bus back home, doing homework, watching tv, and going to bed for children to relate their daily routine to. The illustrations provide support for these activities that children relate to participating in. “The Berenstein Bears Go Back To School” is recommended for ages 4-8, and was published by HarperCollins Publishers. It has an ISBN of 9780060526757.