February is chock full of fun and important days. Picture books are a great way to celebrate them with your students! So I have rounded up my favorite February read alouds for the classroom!
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February Read Alouds
Groundhog’s Day Off by Robb Pearlman
Every year, on February 2nd, people ask Groundhog the same question, “is spring coming?” And he’s had enough! In this silly book, Groundhog packs his bags and sets off for a much needed vacation. Now the town needs someone to replace him. None of the animals seem right for the job though. Can they woo Groundhog back?
Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons
To go along with Groundhog’s Day Off, this one is a non-fiction book. Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons shares the history behind this unusual holiday. She also shares everything you need to know about groundhogs – what they eat, where they live and how they raise their young. Easy to understand text and colorful illustrations make this a great book to share!
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner
World Read Aloud Day is at the beginning of February every year. A great time to celebrate books of all kinds! How to Read a Story is a fun book that takes students step-by-step through the process of reading a book. Step One: Find a story (a good one). Step Two: Find a reading buddy (someone nice). And so on! Such a delightful book about reading and stories.
Check out my World Read Aloud Day blog post for some fun activities to do with your students!
Somebody Loves You, Mr, Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
February 14th is Valentine’s Day! I’m not a big fan of typical books about the holiday, but this one is definitely a favorite of mine. Mr. Hatch lives a lonely life. One Valentine’s Day, a package shows up on his doorstep that reads “Somebody Loves You!”
This gift from a secret admirer gives him a new perspective on life. But then it turns out that it was delivered to him by mistake. His new friends rally to show him that lots of people do truly love him!
Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell
The kids in class are celebrating Presidents’ Day by putting on a play. Each student dresses up as one of our former leaders to share their accomplishments. It is a fun book that students can connect to, but also has a lot of information in it!
Check out my Presidents’ Day books blog post for more books. And grab a free Presidents’ Day interactive read-aloud lesson!
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
February is Black History Month, but this is a topic that should be discussed ALL year long. The Undefeated is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the civil rights movement and the passion and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. A powerful book that shares the accomplishments of the past, but brings attention to the endurance of those surviving in the present.
I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
As we talk about Black History Month, it is also important that we recognize Black Joy as well. I am Every Good Thing share a genuine and deep love for all that Black boys encompass. The narrator is proud of everything that makes him who he is and that he’s got big plans. He is creative, adventurous, smart, funny and a good friend.
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Random Acts of Kindness Day is on February 17th! Be Kind is a great book to share with students during the middle of the month.
When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better. She wonders what it means to be kind and empathetic towards others. This book gives concrete examples of specific little things that students can do to show kindness.
Check out my Kindness Books blog post for more books and to grab a free interactive read-aloud!
What are some of your favorite February read alouds to share with your students? I’d love to know!
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