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Back to School Books

Picture Books

No matter where we come from or who we are, we all get a little nervous when we start something new. Books can help kids learn what to expect. Start the school year off right with a reassuring read. 

The Class, The King of Kindergarten, Mae's First Day of School
Hello Goodbye Dog, Hello School!, Clothesline Clues to the First Day of School
We Don't Eat Our Classmates, Someone New, Twig
All Are Welcome, Best Frints at Skrool, School's First Day of School
Dear Substitute, Stella Brings the Family, Ming Goes to School
Goodbye Brings Hello, Lenny Goes to Nursery School, The Day You Begin

Chapter Books

For kids in elementary and middle school, going back to school means new friendships, new expectations, and new opportunities. Read these books aloud or just share a copy with a reader in your life. Through first day jitters, classroom dynamics and friendship drama, these school-themed chapter books can help students navigate the hallways and classrooms of the new school year.

The Terrible Two, The Next Great Paulie Fink, Life According to Og the Frog
The Pants Project, Finding Langston, New Kid
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say, George, The Year of Billy Miller
Pie in the Sky, All's Faire in Middle School, Because of the Rabbit
Juana & Lucas, Waylon! One Awesome Thing, The First Rule of Punk
Mr. Wolf's Class, Absolutely Alfie, Harbor Me