As you might know, I love kicking off themed units, holidays, and more with a read aloud. Reading aloud to students is one of my favorite things… the discussion, questions, engagement, community building are just some of the reasons why I make read alouds such a big piece of our curriculum.
With Presidents’ Day just around the corner, I wanted to share my tried and true read aloud books!
So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George
This hilariously illustrated book shares the quirks of our former presidents and what it takes to be president, including the good and bad things about being president. Want a printable unit with reading, writing, and extension activities? Check out this book’s Rounding Out the Read Aloud unit.
If I Were President by Catherine Stier
Have you ever imagined what it’s like to be president? This book goes through what a group of students would do if they were president. You can facilitate a wonderful group discussion after reading this aloud.
Ellie May on Presidents’ Day by Hillary Homzie
Ellie May wants to be the class flag leader the week before Presidents’ Day and is determined to get picked. But how far will she go? This book weaves Ellie’s personal story with cool presidential facts.
What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven
Creative collages combined with fascinating stories about former presidents of the United States make for a fascinating book. Each president’s portrait uses everyday items that are related to a personal anecdote.
Here is an awesome Presidential Oath of Office Freebie I have to help teach this special and historic moment!
To integrate writing, check out this free president-themed acrostic poem.
What are your favorite books to read on Presidents’ Day?