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I think we all know by now that my love for picture books runs DEEP. I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for new titles, especially for the first few weeks of school. As an upper elementary teacher, it can be challenging to find back-to-school books that my tiny humans haven’t heard yet. Here are 5 more back-to-school read alouds that you can use in your classroom.


Our Class is a Family book cover

Our Class is a Family

This is the PERFECT back-to-school book. It teaches children that families aren’t just people that you live with or are related to but your class can be your family too. Our Class is a Family will help you build a classroom community that kids will be proud to be a part of.


Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun book cover

Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun

Lucy tries to be brave when she gets teased at school because she looks different and eats different food but she just wants it to stop. When the bully, Ralph, gets stuck on the playground, Lucy remembers what her Papa Gino told her. Do the right thing and treat people with kindness. Lucy has to decide if she’s going to use this opportunity to teach Ralph a lesson or if she should do the right thing and help him. This is a great book for teaching students how to be brave, have courage, and do the right thing.


Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon book cover

Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon

Molly Lou Melon is BACK! Even when it’s hard, Molly Lou always stands up for others and for what’s right. When she sees Bettina Bonklehead teasing people and letting others take the blame, Molly Lou uses her voice to make it known that those actions will not be tolerated.


When Pencil Met Eraser book cover

When Pencil Met Eraser

 Pencil loves drawing and working independently. Eraser loves…erasing. Eraser thinks that their contribution to Pencil’s drawing makes the picture better but Pencil disagrees. One day, just like everyone else, Pencil makes a mistake. It’s at that moment that Pencil realizes the potential that Eraser has and learns that working together may not be such a bad thing. This is a great story that teaches students about friendship and the importance of collaboration.


I Got the School Spirit book cover

I Got the School Spirit

If you’ve read I Got the Rhythm then you’ll recognize this familiar face! Summer has come to an end and she is FULL of school spirit. This story will help your students get excited about their first few days and will show them how to find joy and excitement in the little things during the back-to-school season.


I hope you found a title or two that you can add to your back-to-school collection. If you’re looking for more back-to-school picture books, check out this blog post where I share 5 more back-to-school read alouds!

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