On Your Mark, Get Set....Go! Over 100 Book Suggestions to Start Your School Year
You know what time of year it is. You wake up in a sweat in the middle of the night because you have had yet another dream in which the students take over the classroom. You start google searching things like, "101 creative things to do with tissue paper in a classroom," or "10 steps to avoid teacher burnout from the beginning." You feel your heart rate go up walking through Target because WHY THE HELL DO THEY HAVE BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES OUT IN JULY???
|We got the back to school blues|
Yes folks, it is time to go back to school. Our kiddos start a week from Thursday and my meetings start a week from today. This summer I had one of my busiest on record. (More on that in a non-book related post later.) I unexpectedly managed to get almost all of my summer reading list read. The only outlier was Gulliver's Travels. Man, that book was just not doing it for me. Unapologetically, I let it go.
|My first day as a teacher ever...|
About to start my 11th year as a teacher!
I've been seeing Facebook posts and getting some emails about what books to stock up on for the upcoming school year. Here's what I do. I read the twitter-sphere, the blogs, the reposts of old posts, and I keep my Boston Public Library account page open in a tab. Then I request the books immediately or put them in my "For Later" shelf. Pro-tip: There is much power in the For Later shelf. I used to have stacks of books everywhere that I couldn't get through. Now, I keep those suckers queued up so I am ready with a new book once I finish and return the other library books.
Without further ado, here are some links to the lists I've been pouring through as well as some lists I've compiled myself. I counted 'em up and there are over 100 books here. I also added a bonus section at the end with even more books!
Beach Books that you should read if you are desperately still clinging to summer
A recent Facebook post I saw asked for good read alouds for kindergarten on the first day of school. Here is the list of books that were named:
- Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
- Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
- My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
- A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip and Erin Stead
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
- Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
- P Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis
- Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor
- Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett
- Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
- Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
- Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
- Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
- Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann
- The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
- The Day the Crayon’s Quit by Drew Daywalt
- Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman
|Hoot, one of my favorite characters of 2015|
EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS! Get ahead of the crowd with this list!
Books from the future (Publisher's Weekly's list of new books coming in Spring of 2016)
Alright, no more panic attacks or nightmares...you have lists! (Just kidding, I know you will still have panic attacks and nightmares.)