December Read Alouds for the Elementary Classroom
Tis the season and it almost always is a busy one! Between assessments, observations, projects and planning parties, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all. One thing I love to do is to take time and plan to read aloud to my class.
Making time to slow down and read out loud to your students can help make meaningful connections every day during this crazy season. There are a ton of amazing December read-aloud books to choose from! You can choose stories that highlight giving vs receiving, specific customs or holiday traditions as well as just some plain funny ones.
My Favorite December Read Alouds in no specific order!
Ever wondered how Santa got the job of being Santa? What did he do before he became Santa?
When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything — from a chimney sweep to a postman to a circus performer. But none of these worked out. It wasn’t until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special talents, that Santa was able to find his dream job.
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner is one of my favorites! It takes an inside look at how the snowmen we build celebrate Christmas. Full of imagination and magic this will be one your kids will love as well. You can even do a writing assignment after asking the kids what fun things the snowmen might do next. One thing I really enjoy about this book is the hidden images throughout. Ask your students to find them as you read.
In this book, Olive is preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join their team, in the end, Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need.
Such a super cute story! It is Christmas Eve and one of Santa’s Elves has the tall task of keeping Santa on schedule! This Elf lets Santa know when it is time to go, he is very helpful. He programs the GPS and all is going well until they fall a bit behind schedule.
When they arrive back at the North Pole they discover something left in Santa’s sack! Momma Clause comes to the rescue when she develops a plan to get this cute little stowaway back home!
One of my absolute favorites is Rudy’s Windy Christmas!
While Santa and Mrs. Claus eat their dinner, Santa sneakily feeds his sprouts to one of the reindeer rather than eat them himself. The result is, uh, smelly, to say the least. Now, Rudy can’t seem to stop releasing windy pops from his backside as he and the other reindeer help Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve.
The rest of the reindeer are downwind from Rudy and they are not handling the sprouty wiffs so well. They laugh so heartily at Rudy’s rear-end trumpet that they simply cannot fly the sleigh as usual. It’s up to Rudy’s super-turbo gas to get them back home.
These are just a few of the fun December Read Alouds I enjoy with my students. The stories included in this post are also a part of my December QR Code Listening Center Bundle. Wanna try it out and see if it would be a hit in your class? Here is a sample set of the December stories that include 2 differentiated response sheets with audio instructions!