Is reading a pre k 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. But these back to school books for your pre-k and kindergarten classroom are both fun and educational.
Best First Day of Preschool/Pre-K Books
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 back to school books is going to help keep your students interested and engaged for longer periods of time.
Some back to school pre k 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 back to school book list here consists of just a few suggestions, I’m sure there are many others that could be included. And don’t forget to check out our Back to School Bundle to make going back to school a breeze!
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Celebrate diversity and inclusion from day 1 with this New York Times Bestselling picture book!
Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olsen
Help your students experience a sense of belonging and acceptance with the ultimate read-aloud for building a strong classroom community.
Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn
Join adorable Lola for a comforting and cheerful first day of school that will set your little ones minds at ease.
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! And when you’re done reading , you can have your preschoolers engage in one of these Pete the Cat Activities.
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
These back to school pre-k books will help work on rhyming and are a perfect read-aloud book.
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. Perfect to pair with an All About Me theme.
Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson
Your little learners will relate to this sweet tale about bear making a new friend.
You may notice that The Kissing Hand and The Gingerbread Man are missing from my back to school pre k book 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.
And if you need more help setting up for the beginning of the year, don’t forget to grab our Back to School Bundle. You will get our behavior management toolkit, plus editable signs, and charts to help you organize and manage your classroom.
More Book Lists from Pre-K Pages