I’m not the kind of teacher to do the same projects yearly. Well, at least not all of them. I like that teaching can take on a life of its own and that no year is like the next. Each year is unique and what you and the kids bring is equally special.

Here are some new books I plan on trying out this year, as opposed to the traditional books I read on the first day of school – I still plan on reading some of those, but it’s nice to have a change once in a while, don’t you think?

  • We don’t eat our Classmates! By Ryan T. Higgins

This is a great book that talks about how hard it can be to make friends and is a great conversation starter about how we can make new friends. What that looks and sounds like. I think this will be a great book for before our very first recess.

  • Wordy Birdy By Tammi Sauer

This is a great book about the importance of listening. I think this will be a great book to read to set up our classroom carpet expectations!

  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

This book looks like a great book to talk about what we have in common and different and how we handle that in our class. This is a great book to talk about and lay the foundation for a positive classroom climate.

  • A place called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper

This is a great kindergarten book that can be used prior to our “scavenger hunt,” we do to explore the school. This little in-school field trip is essential to helping kids understand their environment and surroundings. I think it will also help ease anxiety. Ok, not a new book, but a new book to me!

  • Is your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

This book will be another great book for setting up classroom principles, rules and expectations. I’m going to use this book as part of our anchor chart. $3.99 on Kindle? Oh Yeah!

  • Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice by Julia Cook

Enough said. I bet you can decipher what this book is about. This is perfect for maybe the first or second day of school. Using a just-right voice is essential.

Do you have any newer books you have introduced? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you.

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