October Read Alouds for Kindergarten

Happy October!

Halloween books are always a student favorite in my class! I always add a "spooky" element when I read aloud, by turning the lights off and using a flashlight to only show my face. They go crazy! There are so many fun themes in the month of October!
Halloween isn't the only focus this month- we also study Fire Safety, Spiders and Bats, and Pumpkins. Here are some of my favorite not-so-scary and fun read alouds for the month of October.

Halloween
The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey
This story is full of funny puns, that will get your students laughing! Starring a weiner dog dressed up as a hot dog, it is sure to be a Halloween favorite in your class!

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
This story has a great lesson attached all about our emotions. We talk about times or things that made us act like a Crankenstein and then talk about ways to get in a better mood.

Click, Clack, Boo: A Tricky Treat by Betsy Lewin
I'm a big fan of these funny cows that like to play tricks on Farmer Brown. When his candy disappears, he realizes that his animals are at it again! Will it be a trick or a treat?


 
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
A witch and her sidekick, a black cat, are flying along when wind blows her hat, bow, and wand away! Follow along as helpful animals help her look and get a fun ride on her broom! 


Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Jasper Rabbits loves eating carrots everywhere, until he thinks they are following him! It's also teaches your students a lesson about not being greedy. The black and white illustrations with the pop of the color orange make this the perfect Halloween tale!


Fire Safety
Stop, Drop, and Roll by Margery Cuyler
Some of your students may relate to Jessica, the main character who worries about fire safety. She learns that it's better to know what to do and it makes her fears go away. This is the perfect book to introduce fire safety and have those important conversations with your students.

Firehouse by Mark Teague
This story teaches students about firefighters and what they do at their job! But instead of people, it stars fun loving Dalmatians and their fire chief, a French Bulldog. It's an easy read, with bright colorful pictures- perfect for Kindergarten!

No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol
A little girl makes a new dragon friend and invites it to tea, when all of a sudden the dragon sneezes and blows fire everywhere. She teaches the dragon all about fire safety. My students always love fantasy read alouds, especially when there are dragons!

Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill 
Sometime in October, we always have our first fire drill. If you have students who have never been in school before, practicing drills can be kinda scary! Read this story featuring animals to introduce what a fire drill is and what to do when it goes off. This will help put them at ease when it's time to practice. 

Pumpkins 
The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin
Spookley has to be the CUTEST story about a pumpkin to exist! This is one of the first ones I read every year. It has a wonderful lesson tied in to the story- it's okay if you can't do what others are able to do, because we all have our special talents. Spookley saves the day with his quick thinking and his square shaped body! 

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Rebecca hated pumpkins when she was little, but when a pumpkin falls off a truck, she smashes it with a shovel. But soon, a huge field of pumpkins grow, so Rebecca thinks of different ways to help others with all the pumpkin she has!

It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall 
A brother and sister decide to grow their own pumpkin for Halloween. The story shows the life cycle of a pumpkin from seed to full size pumpkin with bright and colorful illustrations.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Such a classic! This book was actually left in the classroom by a previous teacher. I am so glad I decided to keep it! It explains the pumpkin life cycle in an easy, Kindergarten friendly way. They enjoy watching the pumpkin grow from a tiny seed, then start all over again! The illustrations are realistic, so even if you do not have a non fiction pumpkin book to read, this is a great alternative!

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
I think I will have a Pete the Cat book on every list, because my students just adore him! This goes along with the famous Five Little Pumpkins poem. 

Bats
Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon
One of my favorites and so many others too! A baby bat accidentally finds herself in a bird's nest, who then adopt her. The end of the story even includes some facts about bats!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro
This themed series is a great way to practice your rhyming skills! My students love to guess what she is going to swallow next. We also try to remember all of the things she swallowed at the end of the story! After I read the story, my students draw a picture of one of the things she swallowed and share their pictures. 

Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats by Ann Earle
A non fiction read with lots of amazing photographs! There are so many interesting facts about bats, I'm sure you as the teacher will even learn something new! We usually do a KWL chart before we read and fill out the facts we learned.
Spiders

Aaaaaargh, Spider! by Lydia Monks
A lonely spider just wants to be the family pet, but she can't seem to stop scaring them! My students love screaming "Aaaarrgghh Spider!" and now when we spot spiders in our classroom, they do the same!
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
This tale comes from Ghana as a story passed down from generation to generation. It is a great way to teach about different cultures and how they used storytelling to explain science or the history of their culture. 

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
He is favorite author to read aloud because of the amazing watercolor illustrations that are in each story! This story is about a spider who works hard to build her web, even though there are distractions all around her. It shows that hard work and perseverance pays off!

I hope you enjoyed this list of my favorite October read alouds. What books would you add to this list?









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