I don’t know about you, but I LOVE finding new picture books to read during the first few weeks of school! These picture books are all about building classroom community, which is what we spend a ton of time doing at the beginning of the year!
I’ve rounded up TEN books that are perfect to read during the back to school season. These are also great to read when building classroom community at ANY time of the school year!
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Ten Picture Books for Building Classroom Community
Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival – This might be one of my favorites. Norman has a pair of wings and he’s nervous what people will think of them. This book is about having the courage to be yourself!
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev – This book teaches that pets come in different shapes and sizes, just like friends! It’s ADORABLE.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson – This another one of my top favorites. Each Kindness teaches how small acts of kindness can change the world.
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig – This book is precious. It’s all about a boy who wasn’t included in games, activities, or groups. It is perfect for teaching students about including others, especially shy and quiet ones!
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold – I love how this book has a diverse range of characters and shows how ALL students are welcome and celebrated at school.
The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah – LOVE this book for teaching students about friendships, tolerance, and acceptance.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry – This is a wonderful book for talking about friendships and anti-bullying!
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf – I love this book because it talks about how all of the crayons are unique and bring value to the picture!
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud – This book teaches about how people carry an invisible bucket with them. When we say positive, encouraging things to people we fill their bucket, and when we say mean, negative things to people we dip from their bucket.
Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller – This book is ADORABLE for teaching about manners and the golden rule!
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