10 Favorite End of Year Read-Alouds

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As another school year comes to a close, books can be a great tool for connecting and empathizing with all different kinds of emotions little learners may be feeling. Some children may be looking forward to exciting summer adventures, for others the end of the school year may be an overwhelming experience because they’re not ready to leave the classroom… yet!

As you read these beloved end-of-school year stories with Novel Effect, talk about the feelings of the characters, ask questions, listen, and learn how your kiddos may be feeling about all the changes happening in their lives.

The Magical Yet

Angela DiTerlizzi

The perfect tool for parents and educators to turn a negative into a positive and reminds us that we all have things we haven’t learned…yet! Use it to kickoff a discussion on all the ways your little learners have grown in the last year.

Going Places

Peter H. ReyNolds

This sublime celebration of creative spirit and thinking outside the box—both figuratively and literally—is ideal for early learners, recent grads, and everyone in between.

A Letter from your Teacher on the Last Day of School

Shannon Olsen

Through a letter written from the teacher’s point of view, the class is invited to reflect back on memories made, connections formed, and challenges met. Students will also leave on that last day knowing that their teacher is cheering them on for all of the exciting things to come in the future.

Last Day Blues

Julie Danneberg

What do teachers do for summer vacation? Mrs. Hartwell’s students worry that their teacher will miss them while they are gone for the summer. The class comes up with a way to make sure Mrs. Hartwell won’t be too sad. But Mrs. Hartwell and the other teachers have some plans of their own.

Last Day Blues reminds everyone that teachers and students are more alike than we sometimes think.

Graduation Groove

Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

Diverse kids dance their way to first grade by celebrating all the things that made kindergarten great, from classmates to projects, teachers to classroom pets.

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise story celebrate all of our special milestones! The inspiring and timeless message encourages readers to find the success that lies within, no matter what challenges they face. A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

Wherever You Go

Pat Zietlow Miller

This inspiring and beautiful celebration of life and new experiences is perfect for end-of-school conversations on all that lies ahead! Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends as they journey to discover the magical worlds that lie just outside their doors.

I Wish You More

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Mrs. Spitzer's Garden

Edith Pattou

Mrs. Spitzer is a wise teacher who knows many things. She knows about gardens. She knows about children. She knows how similar they are, and how both will flourish if tended lovingly.

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The Night Before Summer Vacation

Natasha Wing

A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there’s bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect “twist”

Download the Novel Effect app for free to bring these books to life with interactive soundscapes of music, sound effects, and character voices that respond to your voice as you read aloud.

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