I wanted to share four of my all-time favorite picture books for back to school! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to use picture books as a way to build a classroom community of learners that share and understand the same background of mentor texts.
Yes, fifth, sixth, and even middle school kids enjoy listening to picture books (even though they may not admit it!). Below is a list of picture books and activities I use to begin building our classroom community.
Activity: After reading the story of how Miss Malarkey never gave up on a reluctant reader, explain that you are going to be just like her. Tell students that you will always be there for them, encouraging them to find ‘just right’ books throughout the year. Take some time to explain your classroom library and how to choose ‘just right’ books (books that are not too difficult, easy, or boring after reading the first page)
If you would like more lesson ideas for using books like these you can check out the following back to school resources available at my TpT store by clicking on the link below: