Top 10 September Read Aloud List

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I am bursting with excitement to share today’s post with you all because one of my friends and former teammates is joining us today for our September Read Aloud List! Casey is a former kindergarten teacher turned reading specialist at a Montessori school (seriously, DREAM JOB!) with a knack for finding the best children’s books EVER (and she also shares my love of all things play-based). If I ever have a book question or need a recommendation, Casey is my person because she can always find hidden gems! My kid’s own book collection is probably half or more things she has recommended to me through the years!

Today Casey is sharing a collection of her top 10 books on her September read aloud list that will help you build your classroom community and get ready for fall!

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  • Peanut Butter and Cupcake:  “Peanut Butter and Cupcake is a book I never hear anyone talk about and it makes me genuinely sad because it’s incredible! The pictures are unlike any other books in my collection and it’s catchy, repeating rhyme gets the student involved in the read aloud. Peanut Butter and Cupcake is perfect for a lesson about making new friends. Bonus points if you read it before you introduce ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Partners!'”

  • A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue: “I’m pretty sure listening to constant tattling is one of the hardest parts of being a teacher. This book teaches kids about the differences between ‘tattling’ and ‘warning’ with a list of ‘tattle rules’. You’ll reference ‘The Tattle Tongue’ all year!”

  • Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It): “As a teacher who isn’t touchy feely, Don’t Hug Doug is an absolute essential for me. This book gently introduces children to consent by focusing on the importance of asking someone if they would like a hug before you hug them. It’s a fun read aloud that shows kids everyone is different and there’s nothing wrong with them, or you, if they say no to a hug. I also love how it gives alternatives to hugs.”

  • The Book with No Pictures: “One of my favorite parts of teaching kindergarten was always being the first person to read The Book with No Pictures to every kid in the room. They go into it whining and asking for you to pick another book, but by the end they are literally rolling on the floor laughing. I’ve never closed this book without half the class screaming ‘Read it again!!!’ This is a beginning of the year essential because it shows students how fun reading can be! Reading isn’t always serious, it’s for fun too! Warning: You will look, sound, and act like a weirdo while reading this book, but it’s totally worth it.”

  • Pig the Pug: I am absolutely a Pig the Pug  Stan (as the kids say). The Pig the Pug series is without a doubt my favorite series; I get every new book that comes out as soon as possible. Nothing will ever beat the original though. Pig is awful; he’s rude, gross, and selfish, but you can’t help but love him. Pig the Pug is a great read aloud when kids start treating each other with less kindness than you’d like. I often reference the book to the students by saying “Don’t be a pig!” It also rhymes and has a good rhythm so it’s a read aloud the kids stay engaged in!”

  • You Get What You Get: “If you have a class of fit throwers run to get this ASAP. Kids love laughing at Marvin, the squirrel main character, throw fits. I love that the book teaches them how to deal with feeling disappointed without tears or screaming.”

  • Allie All Along: “I must admit, I bought this book after I transitioned out of the classroom, so I haven’t read it to an entire class of kids, but it’s too good not to mention! If your classroom is anything like mine was, you have a lot of strong emotions pop up all day. Allie’s big emotions turn her into a monster with color changing fur to match each emotion. This is a beautiful way to illustrate feelings. My favorite part about Allie All Along is the inclusion of her brother. He teaches her how to deal with her emotions and is a great example for the kids in your class who are bystanders when there are big emotions taking over the classroom.”

  • The Pigeon Has to Go to School: “Everyone loves the Pigeon. This is a comforting first day book for students because they have typically already been exposed to a Pigeon book before. He is at least one thing in their day that is NOT new. Even if this is their first Pigeon book, they’ll still love helping the Pigeon realize he’s being ridiculous.”

  • Even Superheroes Have Bad Days: “Kids love superheroes. This is a fact. The superheroes show kids the importance of self-control. They also show off their coping strategies. There’s not much else to say, it’s always a hit!”

  • Don’t Eat the Teacher!: “On my first day of my first year teaching, I grabbed this book in a panic. It wasn’t my book, I’d never heard of it before, but it was in the room and seemed like it was about school, so I read it. I think I loved it more than the first graders and I couldn’t believe I’d never seen it before! I continued to read it every year. Sammy is a shark who bites things when he gets excited. That’s pretty much the entire plot, but it’s flawless. Don’t Eat the Teacher! is surprisingly hilarious and the kids love getting on to Sammy every time he ‘crunches!’ It’s a good lesson in self-control and remembering excitement doesn’t give you a free pass to act wild; but honestly, I’ve never used the book for anything other than first day joy!”

And there you have it, your September Read Aloud List–straight from the book guru herself! My book list just got about a mile longer than it already was and I’m so excited to go check out these new books!

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