Choosing The Best Picture Books For Read Alouds In February

Over the years, I collected a lot of picture books for read alouds. When a new month arrived, I loved pulling out the seasonal children’s books for interactive read alouds with my students. Here are some of the picture books for read alouds that I brought out in February. If you don’t own a copy, an affiliate link to Amazon is attached for each children’s book if you need a copy. You can pick one up and have it at your door in a jiffy. We make a small commission, but at no extra charge to you. Just click on the pictures and get to shopping!

Groundhog Gets A Say

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“Groundhog Gets A Say” by Pamela Curtis Swallow is a super cute book told by the Groundhog himself! But instead of telling us about the weather, the Groundhog would rather tell us how fast he can run and what he can use his teeth for!

Martin’s Big Words

“Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport is my favorite book to teach any accomplishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Your students will learn more than just his “I have a dream” speech. They’ll learn where he went to school and how he became a pastor and had a family. This book about Martin Luther King Jr delicately tells about his life and death in a way that is appropriate for your students. Read this blog for more ideas to teach about Martin Luther King Jr childhood through adulthood.

The Story Of Ruby Bridges

There are many choices of books that tell the timeline for Ruby Bridges, but my favorite is “The Story Of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Coles. This is the best biography Ruby Bridges story that I have found is appropriate for first graders. For more about teaching Ruby Bridges to your students, click here.

Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace” and the sequel “Boundless Grace” by Mary Hoffman are both great books to show that it’s important to be yourself and to not worry about what others think. Grace overcomes the stereotype of being an African American girl by showing that she can star in the show Peter Pan!

Books About Presidents Day

Brad Melzer’s series Ordinary People Change The World has so many great biographies that are appropriate for your students. “I Am George Washington” and “I Am Abraham Lincoln”  are two books about presidents day that I enjoy reading to my students.

If you’re in for a belly laugh, see if you can get a copy of “The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln” by Mike Reiss. I promise you will need to spend some time looking over the puns and imagery on each page. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this hard over a children’s book!

Valentines Day Read Alouds

“Love, Splat” by Rob Scotton and “Crankenstein’s Valentine” by Samantha Berger are my two favorites. Splat is loveable and heartsick, and you really root for him in the end. Crankenstein and his new pal work really hard at NOT showing love to each other, but it turns out that they like each other after all!

100th Day Of School

And finally, I read “100 School Days” by Ann Rockwell to my students on the 100th day of school. It’s a great way to kick off our celebration!

What are your favorite February picture books for read alouds?

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Rachael Hull

Rachael Hull

Teaching literacy and facilitating literacy stations has been a passion of Rachael's and she wants to help you gain confidence in your classroom!


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