Special Collections

Back to School (K-3) Read Alouds

Description: Reading aloud can be a powerful way to build community and shared understanding at the beginning of the school year. (Can be a part of your social/emotional learning curriculum.)


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Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day

by Jamie Lee Curtis

A child's moods range from silliness to anger to excitement, coloring and changing every day.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Time to Say "Please"!

by Mo Willems

This book teachs children to say please, excuse me, and I'm sorry.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups

by David Wisniewski

Adults seem to know a lot of rules for kids to follow: eat your broccoli, stop blowing in your milk, (so what is the straw for?) don't jump on the bed! But why?

Date Added: 07/20/2017


It's Mine!

by Leo Lionni

Three green frogs learn a lesson about being greedy and the importance of depending upon each other.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Swimmy

by Leo Lionni

A Caldecott Honor Book. When a hungry tuna fish comes to call, Swimmy is the only little fish to survive. All alone, he explores the wonders of sea. At last he finds a new school of fish, and discovers a way that they can safely explore together.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

by Mem Fox

A small boy tries to discover the meaning of "memory" so he can restore that of an elderly friend.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Leo the Late Bloomer

by Robert Kraus

Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

by Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Images and image descriptions available.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


The Giggler Treatment

by Roddy Doyle

When Mr. Mack punishes his sons for their mischievous behavior, the Gigglers--tiny creatures whose main occupation is to get back at adults who are mean or unfair to children--set out to give him their special poo on the shoe treatment.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


The Empty Pot

by Demi

A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers. Anything he planted burst into bloom. The Emperor loved flowers too. When it was time to choose an heir, he gave a flower seed to each child in the kingdom.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Henry Aaron's Dream

by Matt Tavares

Tavares hits one out of the park with this powerful tale of a kid from the segregated South who would become baseball's home-run king. An ideal read for Black History Month and spring training time.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel

by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell

Learning not to hit? Having to wait your turn? Sitting still?! It's definitely hard to be five, but Jamie Lee Curtis's encouraging text and Laura Cornell's playful illustrations make the struggles of self-control a little bit easier, and a lot more fun!

Date Added: 07/20/2017


The Quiet Book

by Deborah Underwood

A quirky collection of quiets from "making a wish quiet" to "top of the roller coaster quiet." By Deborah Underwood Illustrated by Renata Liwska SSssssshhhhhhhh! (This is the Quiet Book.)

Date Added: 07/20/2017


We Are in a Book!

by Mo Willems

Elephant and Piggie are best friends. In We Are in a Book! Elephant and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Why Do You Cry? Not a Sob Story

by Kate Klise

As his fifth birthday party approaches, Little Rabbit decides to invite only those friends who are also too old to cry until he learns that others of all ages weep for all sorts of reasons.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by Mo Willems

In the latest Elephant and Piggie adventure, Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever? Ages 4-8

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Interrupting Chicken

by David Ezra Stein

Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor! A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken's habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan

by Jeanette Winter

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


School for Bandits

by Hannah Shaw

Ralph Raccoon looks perfectly normal. But he doesn't act normal at all. He's disturbingly well behaved, clean and tidy, shockingly polite, and he even brushes his teeth! Mr. and Mrs.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Word After Word After Word

by Patricia Maclachlan

Every school day feels the same for fourth graders Lucy and Henry and Evie and Russell and May. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class-bringing magical words and a whole new way of seeing and understanding.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


The Crayon Box that Talked

by Michael Letzig and Shane Derolf

"While walking through a toy store, the day before today, I overheard a crayon box with many things to say..." Once upon a time, Shane DeRolf wrote a poem.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

Date Added: 07/20/2017


Rain School

by James Rumford

Date Added: 07/20/2017


The Rainbow Fish

by Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish learns to share its beautiful silver scales and makes friends

Date Added: 07/20/2017



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