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January Read Alouds for Kids

Hey y'all! I just love January. It's time for a fresh start, new outlooks, and time to watch your students grow exponentially. There are so many holidays and activities at the beginning of the year and plenty of great read alouds to go with them. What are your favorite books to read aloud in January? Here are a few of my favorites:
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1. Squirrel's New Year's Resolution
In this book, Squirrel can't figure out what his resolution should be. But by helping others, he figures it out. This book is the perfect intro to getting students to write their own resolutions.


2. The Jelly Donut Difference
This brother and sister pair learn the value of paying it forward in this sweet, wintery story. I read this story when we need a reminder on what it means to be kind to others after the holidays.


3. The Snowy Day
A classic by Ezra Jack Keats. We read this story on snowy days in the classroom and create wintery art to go with it. Simple and sweet, this story has captivated my classes for years.


4. I Have A Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech is illustrated in this beautiful picture book. This book is an amazing addition to your collection when learning about MLK and the civil rights movement. It will open the door for all kinds of discussions in your classroom.


5. Martin's Big Words
This story of Martin Luther King's childhood is beautifully illustrated and told in a way that speaks to young children. Add this story to your collection of civil rights books, and you are sure to hear some thoughtful and honest questions and discussions from your students.


6. Snowmen At Night
I love this book for teaching perspective. The illustrations show the snowmen from above, giving a different dimension to the story. From there, students can create their own winter scenes showing their perspective from above. All kinds of skills are assessed with this one and students love it!


7. Tacky the Penguin
This is an amazing book to start off your penguin or winter animals unit. Our kindergarten classes teach this book every year and, at the end of the unit, have a "tacky clothes" day where students wear their most "interesting" outfits. This book is great for teaching students to be themselves as well.


This sweet story reminds students about how to be a friend. When inside recess creates tensions and the class has had a little too much togetherness, this book is sure to get your littles back on track. 


This story helps remind students to appreciate the little things. Each little snowflake adds up to transform the city into a winter wonderland. The illustrations are beautiful as well. 


The beautiful descriptions of snow by Cynthia Rylant are the perfect beginning to a winter descriptive  writing unit and excellent for calming down an excited classroom. 


11. Over and Under the Snow
This simple book illustrates the life that you see above the ground in the winter time as well as all of the animals sleeping quietly under the snow. This book is a great addition to your winter animals unit.



What are your favorite read alouds in January? Let me know in the comments. And I hope you found a new favorite or two as well.

Stay cozy,