Back to School Books for Week 3: ABCs, 123s, and Colors!

Below are the books we will be reading for the third week back to school. My district goes back to school the last full week of August, so we will be focusing on “Back to School” topics for the first three weeks of school. The following books focus on the theme “ABCs, 123s, and Colors.” It’s perfect for the short week after Labor Day!
Incase you missed the intro to this series and week one and two, click below to catch up:
Week 1: All About School
Week 2: Animals at School


Pete the
Cat: I Love My White Shoes
This book has a million fun activities to go along with it! It’s great for sequencing and for building those basic print concepts.


Pete the
Cat: Four Groovy Buttons
Another great book from Pete! We use this book before math activities tied around graphing, counting, comparing, and measuring with different colored buttons!


I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton
Great book for talking about different emotions.
How Do
Dinosaur’s Learn Their Colors
Goes great with last weeks social skills read loud, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

Transition Books:

I love reading books during longer transitions, such as before lunch, after recess, packing up, etc. Below are some fun books that go along with the literacy lessons for the week, and are just the right length for reading (5-10 minutes). 

Why is Blue Dog Blue?
My students love this book! We will probably do a fun activity in art to add some color to the classroom.
Elmer – David McKee
Another great story! We will be making our own “Elmer the Elephant” and does some short activities to go along with this book.

Red: A Crayon’s Story – Michael Hall
Perfect Square – Michael Hall
Another book to set-up for an art activity.

Monsters Love Colors
These books are too cute, and we will be reading Monsters Love School in week 2.

Chicka Boom Boom
I love reading this book at the beginning of the year. We will be making our own Chicka Chicka Tree’s with the students’ names so they can count the letters and making a big display: “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look Who’s in Our Room!”
Chicka Chicka 123
Great for reviewing numbers.


Last year, we made pictures of the students stepping in a fruit of their choice and they wrote the color their shoes turned. They were super cute! We will be incorporating home by asking parents to help their child pick a favorite fruit. 
We will also be reading the Interactive Vocabulary Books pictured below from Speech Room News. I display them all year in the classroom, but they are quick and fun reads for my students and serve as a great review of colors.

 I will be going in depth about what I have planned for my literacy lessons and centers once we get closer to school, I just wanted to give ya’ll a chance to check these books out and give you plenty of time to check them out at the library or purchase them before you will need them. I hope you enjoy! 


  1. Sarah Forst on July 8, 2015 at 2:45 am

    This series is sooo helpful!

    Years That Ask Questions

    • Gabrielle Dixon on July 10, 2015 at 7:03 am

      I'm so glad you find it useful, Sarah! I have a special place in my heart for literacy, and I know it can be so hard to fit into our classrooms sometimes — especially in special needs classrooms! I plan on doing apples after back to school! 🙂

  2. Erin B on July 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Love this series. During "storytime" I alternate between reading books and showing kids books on you tube or tumble books. I like the kids to hear other voices reading. These are some great new additions for my list!

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