Is reading a book aloud to your class in the beginning of the year like playing whack-a-mole? Forget classroom management; everybody keeps popping up wanting to explore.
The beginning of the year in pre-k and kindergarten is tough no matter how prepared you think you may be or how experienced you are.
Beginning of the Year Books for Better Classroom Management
One trick I have found to be very successful is to keep your read aloud sessions short and sweet by choosing high-quality picture books that are both fun and educational. Reading these types of books is going to help keep your students interested and engaged for longer periods of time.
Some books may not be the best choices for reading aloud at the beginning of the year because they may not be the right fit for the ages and attention spans of your students at that time.
My list here consists of just a few suggestions, I’m sure there are many others that could be included.
No David series by David Shannon
Everybody loves naughty David! These short, funny, and educational stories are sure to hold the attention of any young child.
Pigeon series by Mo Willems
Mo Willems unique style of writing is short and sweet, yet hilariously funny. Young children love to “talk” to the pigeon.
Pete the Cat series by James Dean and Eric Litwin
These colorful and fun stories are set to music, perfect for the early childhood crowd!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault and Lois Ehlert
The rhyming text in this alphabet book is highly engaging. Young children love to point out “their letter” in the pictures.
Pre-K Books to Read in the Beginning of the Year
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
This rhyming classic is always a sure hit. My kids love to listen to the Brown Bear song by Greg and Steve at the listening center too.
Llama, Llama series by Anna Dewdney
Young children relate to the character of little Llama in the various stories in this series. Rhyming text and colorful illustrations paired with meaningful topics such as separation anxiety, sharing, bullying, and tantrums is a recipe for success with the early childhood crowd!
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
Karen Beaumont’s delightful rhyming text paired with David Catrow’s whimsical illustrations make for the perfect beginning of the year read-aloud that also builds self-esteem.
You may notice that The Kissing Hand and The Gingerbread Man are missing from my list. While I feel that these books are good books, I don’t choose to read them at the beginning of the year for the reasons listed above.
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