As the school year comes to a close, it’s time to pull out some really good read alouds. So I’ve gathered my favorite end of the year books to share with you! While reading, you’ll be able to reflect on your time together in your class and celebrate what a wonderful year you will have. The books will also reassure your students that they are ready to move forward to something new!
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End of the Year Books
Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate
Sometimes You Fly celebrates life’s milestones and accomplishments. It provides a reminder to students that not everything is a success. But that they need to keep trying! The book explains that there will be ups and downs, but there are lessons to be learned. And accomplishments can be a just a bit sweeter after trying multiple times!
Just in Case You Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano
Just in Case You Want to Fly invites kids to take a journey. It provides them with what they will need on their adventure through life. The book also shares that, no matter where they go, they’ll always be able to find their way home. There are words of encouragement that someone will always be there to guide them. In this book, the poetic words and collage illustrations pair beautifully together!
The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi
The Magical Yet is a great book for the end of the year and also for teaching growth mindset! It is a reminder that things can be tricky, but that readers need to be patient. Students will learn that they can’t do something…yet. With persistence and practice, they’ll be able to achieve the things they set their mind to. A great reminder to not give up!
My Heart is a Compass by Deborah Marcero
My Heart is a Compass is an adventurous book about how, sometimes, the reward is in the journey. Rose wants to bring something exciting for Show and Tell, but she doesn’t know exactly what she is looking for. She creates intricate maps to explore new worlds. In the end, she is disappointed that she doesn’t have something new for Show and Tell…or so she thinks! Students will really enjoy the neat maps in this book!
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
I Wish You More is a book of endless wishes – for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength. It captures the essence of a teacher or caregiver who want the best for the young kids in their care. This concept can be hard for kids, but this book does a good job of explaining it.
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Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Dear Girl is a love letter written to girls. It is a reminder that she is strong, powerful and that she has a valuable place in the word. Similarly, Dear Boy teaches boys to be kind, bold and to never shy away from their feelings. Both books empower kids to be who they are, especially in a world that might be telling them something different. A powerful book to share with students!
These end of the year books are perfect for moving forward to a new grade. They are reminders for students that you will always be with them and that you have given them the wings to fly and succeed. These picture books make great end of the year read alouds or even gifts for graduating students!
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