We love read-alouds. Those sweet faces following every word as we turn the pages. But some of these books leave our lips trembling and our eyes burning as we fight back tears. Don’t believe us? Check out these read-alouds that make teachers cry every time, as shared by teachers on our Facebook group!

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

“I have to have my paras read it instead of me…I end up blubbering.” —Judy C.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

“Every. Single. Time. I read that to my PreK group I have to stop to cry a little, but it’s a good moment to teach that sometimes grown-ups can have happy tears.” —Nichole W.

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

“The ending gets me every single time. I cried when I was in eighth grade and I still cry now. The first time I read it with my students, a couple of them were inconsolable.” —Amanda R.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

“Every single year. I thought that since I was reading it alone on a video for remote learning last year I wouldn’t, but I still totally did.” —Tabitha V.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

“I always have to have a student read the chapter to the class when we learn about her mom. I can’t get through it.” —Kim H.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

“Even thinking about it brings tears to my eyes!” —Angela T.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

“A few years ago, I read Wonder for the first time and didn’t look up anything beforehand. When Grandma and Daisy the dog died, my class and I were all in tears and a hot mess.” —Nicole F.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

“One of students said ‘I’ll read this part so you can cry’ ❤” —Kathy F.

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

“If there is another adult in the room I have them read the ending because I will start bawling!” —Jennifer G.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Maybe it’s strange but, The Polar Express. I read it to my students every year but the ending always makes me cry…” —Bridget R.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“Every. Time.” —Deanna G.

Night by Elie Wiesel

“I sob during the scene where the little boy is playing the violin in the freezing cold night…” —Melinda N.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

“I read Of Mice and Men to my students and it makes me cry every time.” —Christine I.

The Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis

“It takes so much out of me holding back my tears.” —Christina G.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

“I lose it every time when Aslan dies. 😭😭😭” —Abbey Y.

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15 Read-Alouds That Make Teachers Cry Every Time