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Celebrate CTE Month with These Read Alouds for Elementary Students

Celebrate CTE Month with These Read Alouds for Elementary Students

Every young person is asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ some have answers, some do not. Since February is Career and Technical Education month, and finding opportunities for career exploration in earlier grades is growing in popularity, we put together a list of books for younger students that will help them build background knowledge, serve as inspiration, or are just great additions to your classroom library. Check them out below!

When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic

National treasure, Weird Al, uses this book to teach kids to bring their imagination to the world of work. There are careers that exist today that didn’t 50 years ago, so though Billy’s ideas get sillier as the pages turn, the message is why not let kids explore the variety of careers they come up with when answering the question, “what do I want to be when I grow up?”

What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada

This book is written for those of us with big ideas. It follows one child with a brilliant idea and the child helps brings it to the world. This story inspires readers to welcome their ideas, give it space to grow, and see what happens next.

Career Day by Anne Rockwell

On Career day in Mrs. Madoff’s class, the students take turns introducing special visitors. Every visitor has something interesting to share, and together the class learns all about the different jobs people do.

Who Will I Be by Abby Huntsman

Every young person gets asked, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ When Isabel is asked this question, she doesn’t know. In this book, you follow Isabel as she explores the value of service and the power of giving back to your community.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

There is a reason this book is such a popular gift to anyone celebrating a major milestone. The inspiring and timeless message encourages readers to find the success that lies within, no matter what challenges they face.

What Do People Do All Day? By Richard Scarry

Another classic! In this book we go to Busytown and find out what everyone gets up to all day. Full of fun and adventure, this classic picture book will keep the attention of little readers as they find out how everyone from construction workers to doctors help Busytown run smoothly.

Looking for more resources for celebrating with February holidays in your classroom? Check out our February Resource Round Up for Black History Month, President’s Day, and more, here!

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Beth Holine

Beth Holine joined Edmentum in 2011 as a Marketing Specialist. In her role, she works to provide teachers and educators with innovative, useful resources. Beth has a B.S. in Psychology from the Iowa State University.