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5 End of School Year Picture Books You Should Read

I’ve rounded up 5 picture books you should read at the end of the school year. These are perfect to read those last days of school. I’ve also included some ideas for writing activities for some of the books, that would pair up well.


Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg

First up is Last Day Blues because it’s one of my favorites. I love all of Julie Danneberg’s books in this series and have listed two of her books in this list.

In Last Day Blues, the kids are worried about the teacher because she seems really upset that the school year is ending.

The kids come up with a plan to make sure she isn’t so sad but everything isn’t quite as it seems. I won’t spoil it for you. You’ll enjoy the ending as much as the kids will!


Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Last Day of School by Julie Gassman 

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Last Day of School is a funny book written in rhyme. Why not bring your dragon to school on the last day right?!

The story is funny but the illustrations are even better in my opinion. They add to the humor and kids will love them. The story ends with a fun little twist that I didn’t expect which makes it even funnier. 

A fun writing activity you could add to this book would be to have your students create their own version of the story.

What would happen if they brought a dinosaur to school? It could be independent stories or each student writes one page of a class book. 


The Wonders of Summer by Kealy Connor Lonning

This is a sweet story about a girl and her dad and how they enjoy the simple things of summer. It’s also written in rhyme and the illustrations are beautiful.

After reading this story you could have students write about how they wish their summer would go. Come up with a class list of simple things about summer and kids can choose from the list or come up with their own.

They add illustrations and you’ve got yourself an end-of-year writing activity!


The Big Test by Julie Danneberg

The end of the school year means state testing so added this one to the list. It’s another masterpiece by Julie Danneberg!

In The Big Test, the kids are super anxious about the upcoming state test. The teacher figures out that teaching them the skills on the test is necessary but so is something else. She learns that teaching the kids how to relax is just as important as knowing what to do on the test.

And the story ends in classic Julie Danneberg style! You’ll have to read it to find out!


I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I Wish You More is chock full of wishes. It’s a perfect read for the end of the year because it’s a great way to send your students off knowing the positive things you wish for them.

After reading the book you could have students create a page for a class book that tells about their wish for the future. Then put them all together as a keepsake!

Do you have any end-of-school year picture books I need to add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

💜 Marlene

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