The end of the school year brings excitement and often sadness. Celebrations and rituals can help young children prepare for the transition to summer. Here is a list of my favorite read aloud books for the end of the school year. Enjoy!
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing. This rhyming book is written in the style of The Night Before Christmas. It’s silly, fun, and the children can chime in on the ends of the lines with rhymes.
Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg. On the last day of school, the children come up with a gift for their teaching that shows her all the things they’ll miss about school. Charming!
The Last Day of School by Louise Borden. At the end of the school year, a 3rd grade boy tries to decide when to give his teacher his special gift. This is a longer book that’s perfect for upper elementary grades.
Lizzie and the Last Day of School by Trinka Hakes Noble. This is a good book for children who love everything about school and don’t really want it to be over.
No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher’s Dirty Looks by Diane deGroat. This 1st grade boy worries about getting an award at the end of the year. The happy ending includes excitement about the end-of-year festivities.
by Joseph Slate. In this alphabet book, the kindergartners celebrate the last day of kindergarten in humorous ways.
The Last Day of Kindergarten by Nancy Loewen. This kindergarten girl is sad that the school year is ending but realizes it’s also exciting to be starting a new grade soon.
Last Day Hooray! by Nancy Poydar. In Mrs. Bell’s class, the children are all dreaming about what they will do during the summer as they happily prepare for the end of the school year.
Please share any of your favorite end-of-year books!