September Read Alouds for Kindergarten

September means it's time for fall! Fall read alouds are some of my favorite to share with my students! Here is a list of my favorite fall books for different themes in September.

Apples, Apples, Everywhere! by Robin Koontz
Take your students on a trip to an apple orchard and learn all about apples! This book is a great introduction to an apples unit with it's realistic illustrations and many facts. 

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway
This is a great story about friendship. A worm and an apple become unlikely friends, until the other apples start calling him "rotten". I like to read this during the first week of school to discuss the importance of being kinds and to emphasize that we are all friends in this class!

10 Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss
This story fits in perfectly with a counting to 10 math lesson! It also has so many beginning sight words that students can find! There are so many ideas on fun crafts that go with it! My favorite is spelling their name with apples and gluing them on top of a picture of their head! It's the perfect bulletin board!

The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
Two mouse friends set out to create the biggest apple ever. Little did they know, they were helping it grow together! This is a great story to tie in the importance of teamwork.

Apples by Gail Gibbons
The perfect non fiction read to round out apples! Students will be introduced to new vocabulary, like pollination, as they learn more about apples.

Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd
This book tells the legend of Johnny Appleseed, with its illustrations and storyline tailored to the younger crowd. I use this book to introduce Johnny Appleseed, as it is a fun and easy read. 

Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
All the details in the illustrations brings John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed to life! This book is a little more detailed than the other two, and make take two or three days to read with your students. 

The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki
I recently discovered this book about Johnny Appleseed. My students really enjoyed the pictures and the simple story. This book would even work for preschool age kids!  

Community Helpers
What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry
Richard Scarry's books are some of my favorite! His colorful illustrations really captivate my students. This is a great read aloud as an introduction to your community helpers unit. In this story, your students will travel to Busytown and find out how everyone spends their days. Many community helpers are introduced in this colorful story. 

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
Any story with a lovable dog as the main character is a favorite in my mind! Officer Buckle teaches kids about safety, but his lessons are BORING, that is until Gloria the police dog comes along! This story encourages teamwork and is laugh out loud funny! 

Career Day by Anne Rockwell
This story takes place during a Career Day in a classroom. It would be perfect if you are planning on doing the same with your student's parents. My students loved learning about different careers, and afterwards we discussed "What do you want to be when you grow up?" 

Whose Hat is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper
This is a fun guessing book, where students try and guess what community helper wears each hat! My students love to make a silent guess, then get really excited when the community helper is revealed to them! 

Whose Hands are These? by Miranda Paul
Another guessing book about community helpers! It's a great book to teach about community helpers and learn some new action words. 


Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
What a CLASSIC! I fondly remember my own Kindergarten teacher reading this story and having a play for our parents. This story teaches all the different colors, as well as repetition. My students catch on fairly quickly and like to read along with me. One year, I had my students make animal masks and perform this play for their parents. It was a HIT! 

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
This is a sweet story about a chameleon trying to find his color! He thinks he found the perfect shade of green, until fall arrives! The illustrations are beautiful and your students will oooh and ahhh over each page. I love to incorporate a little watercolor painting for my students to show off their own color. 

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
I love the Pete the Cat series! There is a fun song that goes along with the book that you could play and sing with your students. This story has Pete walking down the street in his nice new white shoes, but then he steps on different things, which make his shoes turn different colors.

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson
This is from the same author that brought you Bear Snores On. Find and explore different colors with Bear and his friends!

Color Dance by Ann Jonas
I love all the colors and movement in this story! The illustrations tell the story, as there is not much to read, but so much to see. We like to make up different movements for the different colors in the story. 

Do you have any books to add to this list? I'd love to hear your suggestions!

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