If you’re looking for some great books to read this month, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 books to read this November, all perfect for kindergarten at home!
November is a bit of a tricky month. The excitement of Halloween has passed, kids are getting excited about Christmas but it’s still so far off! There’s no holiday this month, and at least here in Ontario, the weather is usually grey, overcast and getting chilly!
In Canada, we celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11th (Veteran’s Day in the U.S.). It’s an important day to remember, but it’s also hard for kids to really understand the importance of the day and the impact of the World Wars. At this age, I try to focus more on peace, rather than on the World Wars. And of course, we’ve got a book for that!
Each week, I choose a specific book to read – either on a theme we’re interested in, or a specific math or literacy concept that I want to target. I work best with a bit of routine, so I try to schedule our home learning, both weekly and monthly. It’s not a hard and fast plan, but it helps me to focus and know that we’re going to cover those things SOMEtime within the week. You can see our November ideas and activities here.
On that note, getting back to the books we’re planning to read…
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Here are five books to read in November for Kindergarten.
(But preschoolers and even early primary grades will also enjoy these books!)
In Windblown, colourful scraps of paper blow in the wind. But who do they belong to? The author uses the same scraps of paper over and over again to create different animals on each page. At the end, the wind blows the pieces around and asks the reader what they will do. After reading, have your child create their own art using the shapes, or even cut the shapes on pieces of felt and create your own felt story to use over and over again.
2. The Peace Book
Todd Parr does a great job of writing wonderful books for kids! His books are easy to read, covering a variety of great topics and the bold, bright, simple illustrations are a hit with toddlers, infants and preschoolers. In The Peace Book, Todd Parr introduces the concept of peace to young children, not as the opposite of war, but by doing acts of kindness and feeling good about yourself. The repetition of “Peace is…” reinforces the positive messages that peace is all about being happy and how small things bring people peace. A fun read, filled with examples that young children will understand like having enough pizza for everyone in the world and everyone having a home. A great book to read around Remembrance Day to introduce the concept of peace!
3. The Squirrels Who Squabbled
This hilarious book is about two greedy squirrels who both want the very last nut of the season! The squirrels race through the forest, chasing the nut, until they realize they might need to work together after all. This funny rhyming adventure has an important message about the importance of friendship and sharing. The engaging illustrations are full of woodland and autumn scenes, perfect to begin discussing the change of seasons and hibernation.
4. Bear Snores On
Bear Snores ON introduces young children to hibernation and what animals do in the winter. Bear’s cave slowly fills up with other animals who are trying to stay warm in the winter but Bear is hibernating and keeps sleeping through the whole thing, until the end. The story is easy to read and the illustrations are great! Although this book takes place in the winter, I like to read it now with my kids to talk about how some animals go into hibernation in the winter.
5. Rhyming Dust Bunnies
This fun and silly story is perfect to read anytime! The dust bunnies love to rhyme, well except for one, and the others keep pointing out when the words don’t rhyme. It’s filled with engaging illustrations and a funny story that will keep kids laughing along with the book. Young kids will love the repetition and be joining you with the rhymes before too long. It’s a perfect introduction to rhyming words.
And that’s the books that we’re reading this November! If you have any other great ones to suggest, please let me know in the comments below! I’m always on the lookout for great books to add to our collection!