I love reading to my class and I get started on day one! I love the books First Day Jitters and The Juice Box Bully, but by the third grade, all of my students have heard these books several times. So I try to mix in some different books to keep it interesting. The following books are my very favorite read alouds for the first week of school. I have included an Amazon affiliate link for each book so that you can easily find the book if you want to add it to your classroom library.
I absolutely love Peanut Butter & Cupcake! It is an adorable story about friendship. Peanut Butter is trying to find someone to play ball with him, but everyone already has a best friend. I know that lots of our kiddos feel that way! The illustrations in this book are really cute and none of my students had ever read the book before.
Enemy Pie is another funny book. The story is about two boys who don’t like one another and how they end up resolving their differences. The boys find they have lots in common. I get a real kick out of just how clever Dad is in this book!
How to Be Cool in the Third Grade is always my first chapter book read aloud. It is about a boy who wants to be cool, but he doesn’t think he has the right name, school supplies or clothes. It also doesn’t help that his mom kisses him at the bus stop! This is a short but cute book that makes us laugh and is a conversation starter about what “cool” really is. I think that a great follow up to this book is the book Third Grade Angels!
I hope you have a happy back to school that is filled with fun books and students who cannot wait to hear you read!
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I'm so glad to read this post! I've taught 4th grade so many years and have many beloved books we always read together…but I'm switching to 3rd this year and have been on the lookout for new read alouds. I'm going to check these out!
I'm new to 3rd and needed some suggestions, thanks! My 2 year old just got the Peanut Butter and Cupcake book for his birthday, how perfect! 🙂
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Excited to read these books to my kiddos this year! Thanks for sharing 🙂
How To Be Cool was a big hit with my third graders last year!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! Love all of your stuff! Bought the 3rd day of Third Grade right away when I saw it too! 🙂