Classroom Read-Alouds for the New School Year

The first day of school has finally arrived! In honor of back-to-school, I’ve selected a few of my favorite school-themed picture books that are perfect for the classroom!

Have your kids already gone back to school this year? We always go back to school after Labor Day, but I know many of you start your school year much earlier!

TheDotThe Dot ©2003 by Peter H. Reynolds

Sometimes a little dot can have a big impact! This inspiring story about an unlikely artist reminds readers that there is creativity in all of us.

The Art LessonThe Art Lesson ©1989 by Tomie dePaola

Fans of dePaola’s other books will love this autobiographical tale of a boy who yearns to become an artist. The warm, colorful illustrations fit the story perfectly.

My Mouth is a VolcanoMy Mouth Is a Volcano! ©2005 by Julia Cook

This book puts an entertaining spin on a classic classroom problem: talking out of turn. The book addresses interrupting in a way that kids will relate to, with lots of laughs along the way.

Gingerbread Man Loose in the SchoolThe Gingerbread Man Loose in the School ©2011 by Laura Murray

In a fabulous twist of the original story, a gingerbread man gets left behind when the class who created him goes to recess. What ensues is a fast-paced, high-energy adventure that will have kids laughing out loud!

If You Take a Mouse to SchoolIf You Take a Mouse to School ©2002 by Laura Numeroff

In this energetic sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the mouse is back for a school-themed adventure.

Lost and FoundLost and Found ©2012 by Bill Harley

When Justin loses his favorite hat, he dreads visiting his school’s lost-and-found and coming face to face with the school’s intimidating custodian, Mr. Rumkowsky. When Justin finally decides to face his fear, a world of surprises awaits him.


  1. Thanks for the list – I especially want to check out The Art Lesson and My Mouth is a Volcano for the start of the school year

  2. stanleyandkatrina says:

    Well three books that we LOVE on your list and two that we will need to find, now. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting!
    ~Cool Mom/Christine M.
    Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina

    • Haven’t seen The Dot– looks intriguing. And the first story in our 3rd grade anthology is called Lost and Found– but by Mark Teague. This would be a fun supplement to explore. Thanks for the suggestions (again!)!

  3. Could I bring My Mouth is a Volcano into a secondary classroom? Kidding, but that looks like a great book for teachers and working on classroom discussions. Thanks for sharing – great list!

  4. Katie I loved all of Laura Numeroff’s books and this one is simply wonderful. These little tales have some awesome lesson plans around them too did you know? I just found out myself/ Thanks for sharing on the blog hop!

  5. Oh once again tooo many great books, thanks for these, gonna pin them lol. Thanks for hosting the kid lit blog hop.

  6. What a great set of books. I love “If you take a Mouse to School!” Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop and thanks for hosting. Cheryl

  7. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    Great idea for a post Katie! I’m really curious about “My Mouth is a Volcano”. I can think of a few kids who might be able to relate to this concept. lol Thanks for posting in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂

  8. Thank you for this list! The Lost and Found book looks especially interesting to me, though many of these are familiar authors.

  9. I love the Tomie DePaola one you’ve mentioned as well as If You Take A Mouse… The others are new to me, so I’ll have to check them out ASAP! Thanks for linking up with Booknificent Thursday! Always glad to have you!

  10. An excellent list for the beginning of the school year.

  11. These all sound fantastic! Thanks so much for introducing me to them. I’m going to pass along the volcano one to my mom, who is a fourth grade teacher. I think she’ll appreciate it 😉 Thanks for hosting the KLBH!

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