I recently wandered into Barnes and Noble and added a few new books to our collection that were perfect for Spring! These are five books I will be reaching for in March and April. Not only will your students love the the stories and illustrations but they will have many opportunities to go back and think deeply about the texts and their story elements. Here is a quick overview of some of the best story elements to focus on in each story.
5 Must Read Spring Read Alouds
A little girl and her dog set out on a dreary rainy day and find a way to use an umbrella to spread joy to the whole town! There are so many opportunities for focusing on words with this book. Adjectives, verbs, and words with -ing endings. It’s a joyful story that your students will easily be able to relate too. It’s also a fun one to sequence the key events.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
This book is absolutely perfect for transitioning from one season to the next. It’s part of a series of seasonal transitions and I love them for looking at examples of setting and how settings can change throughout a story. The illustrations are so pretty!
The Good Egg
Something about eggs and spring time just goes together. This favorite by Jory John is great for really looking at character traits and how characters evolve over time. The antics of the other eggs are sure to make your class laugh out loud. All the while, they learning an important lesson about self care from The Good Egg. This one is also great for making text to self connections.
Too Many Carrots
This was a new find for me and I couldn’t be happier to have found it! Students will learn about the importance of honeybees and be easily captured by the gorgeous illustrations in this book!
Reading Responses for Spring Read Alouds
Each of these books is filled with reading response opportunities! If you’d like a big selection of reading responses to pair with any book – fiction or nonfiction – I’ve assembled a collection of them here.
Do you have a favorite book from this list? Happy spring reading with your students!