Back to School Read Alouds

Do you have favorite read alouds that you share with your class each year?  I have some favorites and am always looking for new ones to add to my collection.
Students love the Black Lagoon series by Mike Thaler.  Best of all there are books about many of the members of the school community that you introduce your class to at the beginning of the school year.   Here are a few examples (affiliate link):

During the first month of school, I  recommend reading The Substitute Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Discuss with your students what your expectations are when you are not at school. This will ensure a smooth day for your substitute and students.

At some point in the year, you may get a new student.  Keep a copy of the forms, newsletters, and other handouts that you are sending home to parents the first week of school NOW, so you can send them home with the new student.  It also helps if you have a supply box with basic supply and an extra desk set up ready to go.  You do not usually get advanced notice before your new student arrives.  Once you have welcomed your student and he or she is settled in your class, you can read the book,  New Kid from the Black Lagoon.

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