15 Children’s Books for the Month of August

August is the month where many students go back to school, some in early August and others in late August. Either way, reading is one way to practice skills at home and gear up for the upcoming school year.

Books to read in August for special education classes


This list of books to read in August is full of both fiction and nonfiction, silly and serious titles! They are picked for kindergarten through 3rd-grade students, but can be read with students of any age.

Books to Read in August About Pirates

Did you know that International Pirate Month is in August? Me neither but when I found out I knew that I had to share some of my favorite pirate books! My students are fascinated by pirates, and I love sharing in their excitement!

  • How to be a Pirate is a cute story about becoming a pirate on a silly ship! The rhymes and nonsense words are sure to capture your little learners’ interest and make them giggle all throughout the book.
  • There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Fish is a spin on the Old Lady books and your pirate-loving students will adore it! It is full of rhymes and rhythm to engage students.
  • How I Became a Pirate is a cute story about all the great things you can learn on a pirate ship, but did you know…there are no goodnight kisses? Jeremy isn’t sure the open sea is the place for him.
  • The Pirates Next Door is a funny story about a pirate family that moves to town while they fix their ship. Neighbors aren’t happy but they soon discover that they are good and kind.
  • Pirate Stew is an adventure book about turning ordinary stew into pirate stew. The rhymes and songs will grab your reader’s attention and keep them wondering what will happen next.
Books to read in August for special education classes

5 Unicorn Books to Read in August

  • Never Let a Unicorn Scribble is a cute story about persevering and believing in others. Unicorns can do amazing things, but they can’t scribble! A little girl is determined to teach her unicorn how to scribble.
  • How to Catch a Unicorn is a funny book about trying to catch a unicorn. They try many different traps, but none are successful. I love this series for STEM challenges to make traps.
  • Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn is a great book to read if you want to incorporate some movement into the classroom. It features a ballerina on each page showing children dance moves to do while you read the story.
  • I Turned My Mom Into a Unicorn is a unique story to teach thankfulness. Ted’s mom is always asking him to do chores and he is tired of it. If his mom were a unicorn, every day would be fun right?
  • Unicorn Day is a book about a day of fun for all unicorns, but they discover there is an imposter! Will they be kind and include the outsider in their glorious day?
Books to read in August for special education classes

5 Books to Read in August for National Picnic Month

  • The Bears’ Picnic is a Berenstain Bear adventure to find the perfect picnic spot. There are mosquitos, noisy trains, and rain that are spoiling all the good spots. Will they find a great place to have a picnic?
  • Little Ant Goes to a Picnic is a cute story about an uninvited guest. Little ant is realizing that picnics are a dangerous place for someone so small.
  • Peanut and Pearl’s Picnic Adventure is a great book for beginning readers. It has simple vocabulary and uses sight words so kindergarten or first grade students could read it.
  • Pignic is a funny story about a family of pigs having a picnic. They make some new friends and have the time of their lives! Plus, there is MUD!
  • The Best-Ever Step-By-Step Kid’s First Cookbook is a great resource to have at your home or in your classroom. It shows step-by-step directions for making simple recipes that are kid friendly. They would be great for a picnic or for packing lunches.
Books to read in August for special education classes

Do you have any great books to read in August? Please drop a comment below with your favorite titles!

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