For the past many years, our first day of school has included a read-aloud of a picture book. This central part of our classroom journey starts us off right, inviting students in to share a moment of wonder, of laughter. It starts discussions and sets the tone for the year to come. This is why selecting the first picture book to read aloud is such a big deal for me; what tone do I want to set? Which book will help students gain an ounce of trust when it comes to the experience we are about to embark on? Usually, I have students choose the book they want me to read aloud to them, sometimes I choose for them, but in case you need a few ideas, here are the picture books I love choosing from.
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