As back to school time creeps nearer, it’s time to start penciling in some titles and activities in your plan book! I thought I’d share a list of books I’ve shared with my first graders during the first week of school!

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The Night Before First Grade

There are also versions for the The Night Before Preschool  and The Night Before Kindergarten

This series of books provides a humor that students can connect with!

First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell’s Classroom Adventures)

This book also has a silly twist. I’ll admit it was lost on some of my first graders, but when I taught third grade, those students LOVED this story on the first day. I think they also loved that even though they were being told they were “big kids” now, they had the kind of teacher who pulled out a picture book that first day (and continued to all year long!).

David Goes To School

I don’t think I’ve met a first grader who hasn’t loved David! This book is also a great one to use when establishing classroom rules. If they haven’t heard No, David!that’s another great one to read.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

Pete is another favorite! There are so many Pete the Cat titles that you can explore with your students throughout the year. I have the version with the CD which is also fun to add to a beginning of the year listening center.

I Know I’ve shared about some favorite characters already, But I’d love to share just a few more. I feel like when you pull out a book with a familiar character, it really helps students to feel connected right from the start of the year! It also makes them feel super smart and excited when you are able to pull out another book about the same character as the week goes on!

I hope you have a wonderful time planning some amazing back to school fun for your students! If you have another book to share, let me know in the comments below!

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