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Picture Books about Testing for Elementary Teachers – 2024

The days leading up to your end of the year assessments or standardized assessments is a great time to explore the prepping for tests and reducing stress about them. This post shares popular picture books about testing for kids that elementary teachers often use as read alouds. All of the children’s books on this list lend themselves to this topic really well. Take a peek below to learn more about these picture books about testing for kids!

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3 Picture Books about Testing

Below is a list of some of our favorite picture books about testing for kids at the elementary level. Check them out below!

1. The Big Test Jitters by Julie Danneberg

In The Big Test Jitters by Julie Danneberg, it’s the end of the school year in Mrs. Hartwell’s classroom! It is time for her students to show what they learned during the school year by taking the Big Test. Mrs. Hartwell spends the week getting them ready for the test. They practice sitting quietly, working alone, and filling in bubbles. As the week goes on, the students begin to get nervous. Many of them need to go to the nurse because they are not feeling well. When Mrs. Hartwell realizes how her students are feeling about the test, she realizes she must teach them one last lesson.

As the class heads to the library, the students are clearly nervous. When Mrs. Hartwell opens the door she explains the last part of preparing for a test is to relax and stop worrying! She has designed a day of relaxation where students can play games, taste test snacks, and make their own thinking caps! They are now ready to take the Big Test.

Check out these The Big Test Jitters Lessons and Activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

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2. Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler

Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler is about a school that is preparing for the big test. The teachers in the school keep telling the kids that the test isn’t anything to stress or worry about, but the students in the school start to notice that their teachers are acting weird. Miss Malarkey looks worn down and keeps biting her nail, the principal can’t stop yelling, they are served fish in the cafeteria instead of potato chips, and they have to meditate during gym. Even their parents are making them do more work at home.

When the day of the test comes the teachers start to melt down. The kids work hard on the test and are happy when things return to normal when the test is finished.

Check out these Testing Miss Malarkey lessons and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

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3. The Anti-Test Anxiety Society by Julia Cook

The Anti-Test Anxiety Society by Julia Cook is about a girl named BB who hates taking tests. She thinks the words test stands for terrible every single time! When BB goes to take a test the hair on the back of her neck stands up, her face turns as red as a beet, she starts to sweat, her stomach aches, and she can’t control her feet. She knows she will get a bad grade on the tests so she doesn’t even want to try.

One day, BB tells her teacher how she feels about taking tests and her teacher says she should join the The Anti-Test Anxiety Society. This a group of kids who prepare for tests and try their best. They teach BB the Dynamic Dozen steps for preparing for a test and trying your best on the test. With the help of the society, BB changs her mindset about test taking.

Check out these The Anti-Test Anxiety Society activities and lessons to help you plan and deliver highly engaging interactive read aloud lessons!

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In closing, we hope you found this list of picture books about testing for kids helpful! They are part of our Starts With a Story collection. If you want to get more book ideas to read aloud to your elementary students, then grab this reading freebie. It includes read aloud books lists, reading logs, and reading challenges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. It will have you covered for the entire school year, as well as the summer months! Grab this free elementary reading packet now!

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