Magnificent March Read Alouds for Kindergarten

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March Read Alouds

It’s March!  It may still be snowy and windy, but the promise of spring is close.  Daffodils are beginning to peak through the dirt (or snow).  Cats in hats are reading and rhyming their way through schools.  Little green footprints are appearing in classrooms, and kids are creating beautiful traps.  March is one of my favorite months, and with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, and Women’s History Month, there are many wonderful picture books for you to choose from!  Here are some of our favorite March read alouds for kindergarten. 

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Dr. Seuss Books

Read Across America is a nationwide celebration of reading.  It takes place on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  On this day, teachers, parents, librarians, politicians, actors and many others can be seen wearing tall red and white striped hats and reading their favorite books, in an effort to boost students’ enthusiasm for reading.  As a kindergarten teacher, Dr. Seuss’s birthday was a fantastic day filled with red fish, blue fish, green eggs and ham, and of course a cat in a hat.  If you are looking for some ideas on how to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, read our blog, Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day.  Below are just a few of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. 

St. Patrick's Day Books for Kids

As every kindergarten teacher knows, March 17th means tricky little leprechauns causing mischief and mayhem in the classroom.  Be sure to read our St. Patrick’s Day for Kids blog for some great ideas, printable resources, and teacher approved videos to help make St. Patrick’s Day extra fun and memorable.  Below are some great books to complement your St. Patrick’s Day activities.

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing: Another cute story in The Night Before… series by Natasha Wing.  If you plan on having your children make leprechaun traps, then this book is a must read.  It follows two children on the night before St. Patrick’s Day.  They have decorated their house and set many fantastic traps in hopes of catching a leprechaun.  Spoiler alert, they do catch a tricky little leprechaun, but will they get him to give away his gold?  As with all the books in this delightful series, this book is full of rhyme and fun to read.

Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day by Joan Holub: In this whimsical story, Rabbit has planted a pot of green shamrocks to make a shamrock chain for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  After caring for the shamrocks all spring, Rabbit wakes to find his shamrocks missing!  Will Rabbit find his shamrocks in time for the parade?    

The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen: This is an adorable story about a leprechaun who tricks a man who is after his gold.  It is perfect for a kindergarten book discussion.  It offers a short fun story, great for retells and text dependent questions.

St.Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons: Here is a very informative book on St. Patrick’s day.  I would recommend reading this book on your own and marking various spots to stop and discuss with your class, as this book has some complicated parts. 

Spring Read Alouds for Kindergarten

With the Spring Equinox in March, this month is perfect for teaching about the season of Spring.  Here are some delightful Spring read alouds.  For more spring book recommendations along with activities to help you teach a fantastic spring unit, read our blog, Our Best Teacher Approved Spring Activities for Kids.  

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer:  Readers will delight in this poetic rendering of the familiar saying.  Dane Baur and Emily Arnold bring to life the unpredictable, ever changing weather patterns of spring.  “March comes with a roar.  He rattles your windows and scratches at your door.”  The rhythmic text and vibrant illustrations make this book a fun read for all ages. 

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes: Another delightful book by the award-winning author Kevin Henkes.  The illustrator is the acclaimed painter, Laura Dronzek. Together they have created a lovely book with all the freshness that is spring.

When Will It Be Spring by Catherine Walters: An adorable story about Alfie, a little bear who’s having trouble sleeping through the winter.  He keeps confusing his mother’s detailed descriptors of spring with winter happenings.  Adorable characters, pretty pictures and descriptive text make this a must have book.

I Am Spring by Rebecca and James McDonald: This wonderful book is full of good information, and the illustrations are gorgeous.

Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum: This is a National Geographic Kids book. This book is beautifully written; “Spring nudges awake slumbering trees.” And the photography is stunning!

Read Alouds that Celebrate Women

March is a month dedicated to honoring the contributions of women.  Here are some beautiful picture books to help you celebrate Women’s History Month.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez:  An inspiring tale based on the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga.  This Chinese-African-Cuban girl became a drummer despite Cuba’s taboo against female drummers. The rhythmic narrative and vibrant illustrations bring this beautiful story to life.

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai: This powerful and heart-warming picture book, written by Malala herself, narrates Malala’s life and mission of creating a peaceful world in which all children have the right to learn and lead.  “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”  Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  You will love this beautiful book.

My Name is Gabriela by Monica Brown:  This is a story about Gabriela Mistral, the first Latina women to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  She was a poet and a teacher.  Through her work, she inspired children all around the world to speak out and be heard.  This poetic book is a lovely tribute to Gabriela Mistral.

Who was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? By Lisbeth Kaiser:  This board book is packed with information, written simply, so young children can understand who Ruth Bader Ginsberg was.  There is also an online read aloud by the author. 

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