Back to School Books

I’m a firm believer in reading aloud to children, no matter what the age.  Whether it is a picture book, chapter from a novel, or a short poem, I love to begin a school day reading to my students.  It is time well spent. 

By carefully choosing just what to read, I am able to model all sorts of reading techniques, add to what we are already learning, and motivate my students to read more by a certain author or in a particular genre.

Need a read-aloud idea?  Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar is a great Back to School choice.  Its short funny chapters about the students and teachers of Wayside School is a prefect way to start your school day. 

This book is filled with some pretty strange characters that are sure to capture your audience.  The great thing about this one is that each chapter is a story within itself, making it a perfect read-aloud for several days. 

Be warned:  Your students will be hooked on this series, so go ahead and check out Louis Sachar’s other Wayside books at -students will want you to continue reading this one!


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