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5 Read Aloud Books for the New Year

I love a good year-end countdown; looking back and reflecting on the year that has passed while preparing for the year ahead can feel refreshing and motivating. I always like to look at some of my favorite books that I've read too. And while I think about books that I loved, new books that I found, and ones that had an impact on me; there are always picture books that stand out.  As you reflect on the books that you have read throughout the year, you can also think about books that will have an impact on your students as you begin the new year together after a long break. Here are five of my favorite books to read as you return to school refreshed and ready to start the new year.  They each spark great discussion and encourage some deeper thinking about important subjects.

1. The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed is always a favorite. It is funny, keeps kids engaged, and is a great one to start off the new year.  It's a good reminder for kids that you can always start fresh…the Bad Seed changed his attitude and that opportunity is there for them too!

2. After the Fall

After the Fall is the story of what happens after Humpty was put back together again.  It is a wonderful story of encouragement through hard times and will have you and your students thinking. It is a great book to read at the start of the New Year because your students can think about things that they have overcome and help them set goals for the rest of the year.

There are so many great activities to do with this book, you can check out some of my favorites here:

3. Malala's Magic Pencil

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Malala's Magic Pencil is a wonderfully written and age-appropriate story that tells the story of Malala Yousafzai.  It will empower your students and challenge them to think. As you enter the New Year, this is such a great story to challenge students' mindset about school and their return after a long break. Malala went through so much and is a great example for everyone

4. Nerdy Birdy Tweets

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Nerdy Birdy Tweets is a fun story that is a wonderful starting point to discuss the digital footprint that we make as we explore the internet and the world of social media.  It's a great discussion starter that your students can most definitely relate to! As you begin the New Year, it is a fun but important read.

5. The Book of Mistakes

The Book of Mistakes is one of my favorites that really exhibits how we can continue on, even when we make a mistake.  It is full of imagination and fun illustrations and is a great book to read to students as they readjust to the habits and routines of the school day.

I know you and your students will enjoy these books! They are always a crowd favorite and bring up so many great discussions.

And because I couldn't narrow it down to just five, here are a few more that I know you will love!

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