14 Uplifting Read-Alouds for Tough Testing Days


Stressful testing days can be physically and mentally demanding for students and teachers alike. To help alleviate some of the pressure, uplifting read-alouds can serve as a calming activity for everyone involved. The right selection of books can encourage students to unwind, develop self-confidence, and feel motivated. We’ve compiled a list of 14 read-alouds that are perfect for those tough testing days.

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

This classic book encourages readers to believe in themselves and embrace their own journeys in life.

2. “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds

A creative story about courage and perseverance, this book will inspire students to find their inner artist.

3. “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires

A young girl struggles to create the most magnificent thing but discovers that failing is just part of the process.

4. “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers

This poetic book highlights the importance of self-acceptance and kindness towards others.

5. “After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)” by Dan Santat

An inspiring tale of courage, determination, and overcoming fears after experiencing a setback.

6. “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson

This beautifully illustrated book encourages children to embrace their differences and connect with others who may have different experiences.

7. “What Do You Do With a Problem?” by Kobi Yamada

Through a story about facing problems head-on, children learn that every challenge can teach them something valuable.

8. “Beautiful Oops!” by Barney Saltzberg

This colorful book shows that mistakes can lead to unexpected discoveries and creativity.

9. “I Believe I Can” by Grace Byers

A motivating story that reminds children they have the power within them to achieve their dreams, no matter the obstacles.

10. “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae

Students will appreciate this endearing story about a giraffe who finds his own unique way of dancing.

11. “The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes” by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

A lighthearted reminder that it is okay to make mistakes and learn from them.

12. “Be Brave Little One” by Marianne Richmond

This uplifting book instills courage and the importance of facing challenges with bravery.

13. “The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!” by Mo Willems

A hilarious and relatable story of Pigeon’s journey as he starts school and learns to overcome his fears.

14. “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty

A charming book about a young girl who dreams of becoming an engineer, showing that no dream is too big or too small.


These incredible read-alouds serve as a valuable resource during testing days when everyone needs some motivation and stress relief. By reading these stories in the classroom, students can learn valuable lessons while taking a break from the pressure of exams. Take the time to explore these uplifting tales together, and let them provide inspiration, hope, and light during those challenging days.

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