Looking for the best books February has to offer? Good news! There are lots of great holidays that can create cross-curricular connections, and by now the kids have developed their reading competencies and independence to the point that they are ready to take on more responsibility for their learning. This makes it the absolute best time to start literature circles, book clubs, or even independent novel studies in your classroom.
With the mid-winter blues afoot, February is a great time to shake things up with some novel studies. Below is a collection of books I've put together to help you get started in February book clubs. I've pulled texts from a variety of genres and topics. As I mentioned in my post on planning book clubs for maximum impact, don't be afraid to make your novel studies serve dual purposes…or even to delve into a non-traditional genre! There are so many great ways to build in reading skills and cross-curricular connections through these authentic literature experiences, but it takes some purposeful planning to do so. (Click any book title to get it on Amazon!)
The 9 Best Books to Read in February
George Washington's Socks – A combination of science fiction and historical fiction, this book is about a boy who travels back in time to the Revolutionary War and meets George Washington. There is danger, survival, and excitement in this book, and it is perfect for Presidents Day in February. Get the trifold here!
Magic Tree House: Abe Lincoln at Last – Looking for an easier read that is still perfect for February? Magic Tree House has it! This book (and its nonfiction companion) is perfect for a Presidents Day-themed book club! Get the nonfiction trifold here.
Who is Abraham Lincoln? – If you are looking for a little more challenge than Magic Tree House, then this biography of Abraham Lincoln's life is a great addition. In fact, using both versions allows you to differentiate a book club on Lincoln's life! Get the trifold here!
The Chocolate Touch – Valentine's Day brings out the chocolate lover in everyone. Students LOVE book clubs themed around candy. The Chocolate Touch is a great addition to a chocolate-themed February book club. Centered around a boy who turns all that he touches into chocolate, this book also contains a great lesson about being unselfish. Get the trifold here, or buy the bundle for a ready-made, no prep book club!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Another great chocolate-themed book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a great book for a little more challenge during book clubs. It has rich vocabulary and lots of great opportunities to delve deep into characters. Thinking about that chocolate-themed book club? This one is a must have! Get the trifold here, or buy the bundle for a ready-made, no prep book club!
Because of Winn-Dixie – A story of friendship between a misfit dog and a lonely little girl, this story touches my heart every time I read it. Valentine's Day isn't always just about love. Friendship and overcoming loneliness to find your place in the world are great themes for a book club. This is another great text with wonderfully rich vocabulary and opportunities for discussion. Get the trifold here!
Wonder – A perfect companion to a friendship-themed book club, Wonder is the story of a boy with a facial deformity that is beginning school for the first time. This is a great opportunity to talk about acceptance, friendship, and individual differences while focusing on important reading concepts, like point of view! Get the trifold here!