With its holidays and breaks, March can be a crazy time in the classroom. Throw in the stress of the upcoming testing season, and it becomes even more clear why things tend to get a little overwhelming.
Instead of getting caught in a test practice rut, consider getting more authentic literature into your students' hands. Finding novels and nonfiction texts that relate to seasonal themes can be a great way to keep students engaged and learning.
The 10 best books to read in March
Below is a collection of books that are all perfectly themed to March holidays and special events. They cover a variety of genres and topics, and there are a number of different reading levels represented.
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Whether you're looking for books for your next novel study or book club…or you just want to beef up your classroom library with some timely ideas, these are the books you should get into your kids' hands this month.
Who was Susan B. Anthony? (Biography)
March is Women's History Month, making this biography the perfect book to honor one of the important women in American history.
As with all the books in this series, this biography of Susan B. Anthony offers an engaging look at her life and how she came to be an important historical figure in women's history.
This literary nonfiction text offers students a chance to learn new facts about Susan B. Anthony, while still offering opportunities to practice important comprehension skills.
Buy the Book: Who was Susan B. Anthony?
Who was Dr. Seuss? (Biography)
In addition to St. Patrick's Day and Women's History Month, March is also when we celebrate Read Across America Day.
While most students are familiar with Seuss' classics, like Green Eggs & Ham, students often don't know much about the man behind the stories.
I guarantee your students will learn a TON about Dr. Seuss if they read this book, and they might even learn the backstory of their favorite Seuss book.
Did you know that Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham to win a bet? That story (and more) are all included in this literary nonfiction book.
Get the book: Who was Dr. Seuss?
Get the novel study companion: Dr. Seuss Biography Study
Charlotte's Web (Fantasy)
Spring is coming! This story is one of my favorites to bring out in springtime. (Plus, March 1st is National Pig Day. Who knew?)
The book follows the first year in the life of a spring pig named Wilbur and the young girl who loves him. Throw in one intelligent spider and you've got the start of a great story.
From the first line, “Where's Papa going with that ax?”, your readers will be hooked.
Buy the book: Charlotte's Web
Get the novel study companion: Charlotte's Web Unit
Magic Tree House: Leprechaun in Late Winter (Science Fiction)
This is a great book for St. Patrick's Day. It is a pretty quick and easy read, and students tend to love the Magic Tree House series.
This book, along with all the other books in a the series, mix fiction with fact to help readers learn about important science and social studies topics while the read. This book takes readers to Ireland, where Jack and Annie help a young girl learn about her heritage and change the course of her life.
This book is perfect for a fun March-themed book club or for the seasonal section of your classroom library. This book also has a great nonfiction companion if you want to work on paired reading.
Buy the book: Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter
Pippi Longstocking (Fantasy)
This story about a young girl with some strange habits is sure to get your students giggling.
Since March 21st is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (yes, that's really a holiday!), I thought this book would be the perfect way to celebrate. Your students will love Pippi's kind heart and slightly unusual way of handling life's challenges.
As an added bonus, this book has been made into a movie. This makes it a great opportunity to work through those standards relating to comparing and contrasting across different media.
Buy the book: Pippi Longstocking
Get the novel study companion: Pippi Longstocking Unit
Dear Mr. Henshaw (Realistic Fiction)
This book is a bit different from the others on the list because it is partially written through letters. This makes it a great opportunity to take a deep dive into author's craft.
Beverly Cleary covers so many relatable topics throughout the chapters of this book, and it is a great way to engage students when the spring lull hits.
While this book isn't entirely spring-themed, like many of the others on the list, it is a great story that is perfect for those weeks leading up to spring break.
Buy the book: Dear Mr. Henshaw
Get the novel study companion: Dear Mr. Henshaw Unit
Wonder (Realistic Fiction)
Tensions can be high during the long months leading up to spring break. The kids start pushing each other's buttons. Friends get on one another's nerves. Any teacher knows that spring fever is real.
That's what makes this such a great book for this time of year. The focus on kindness is a perfect reminder, and it can lead to some great discussions about how our differences make us unique.
When it comes to literary analysis, this book is a great opportunity to discuss point of view. The story is told through the lens of several different characters who all experience the world a little differently.
Although it is a longer book, it is a pretty easy read so don't let the size intimidate your students.
Buy the book: Wonder
Get the novel study companion: Wonder Novel Study Unit
Calendar Mysteries – March Mischief (Mystery)
This book is a great option for students who are reading at a second or third grade level. Written by the same author as A to Z Mysteries, this series centers around the younger siblings of that gang of characters.
When leprechauns start to go missing all across Green Lawn, Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy are determined to figure out who is behind all the mischief.
With all the elements of a mystery in an easy-to-read format, you can dive deep into the genre in a way that is accessible to even your struggling readers.
Buy the book: Calendar Mysteries #3 – March Mischief
Spring According to Humphrey (Fantasy)
The According to Humphrey series is another favorite amongst students, and this book is perfect for this time of year. This is the 12th book in the series, but it might just encourage your readers to go back and enjoy Humphrey's story from book 1.
March is a time of new growth. Flowers begin to bloom, baby birds start hatching…the signs of spring are everywhere.
Told through the perspective of Humphrey, the class pet, this story follows the class through their many explorations into the wonders of springtime.
With a great lesson that families come in different forms, this novel is sure to be a hit with your readers.
Buy the book: Spring According to Humphrey
Bridge to Terabithia (Realistic Fiction)
This classic tale of friendship and imagination captures readers from the beginning.
Reading this story as a read aloud or in literature circles will definitely spark some discussions about friendship, but like so many great pieces of literature, the ending isn't quite picture perfect. Have the tissues ready!
This book is great for more advanced readers. As I mentioned above, the ending is sad and includes loss so make sure you consider this before assigning the text to your students.
Buy the book: Bridge to Terabithia
Get the novel companion: Bridge to Terabithia Novel Unit
Looking for more great books for your students?
Whether you want to build your classroom library or you're looking for your next novel study or literature circle book, you're sure to find something here.