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Back to School Stories for Preschool and Kindergarten

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Get ready for back-to-school season with diverse stories that are ideal for the youngest students! Discover more the library has to offer students, educators, and caregivers at denverlibrary.org/backtoschool.

Never, Not Ever!
Béatrice Alemagna
When Pascaline, a little bat, screams "Never, Not Ever" in response to going to school, something extraordinary happens, which changes her mind.
Isabel And Her Colores Go To School
Alexandra Alessandri
English just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers her native Spanish. As she prepares for a new school, she knows she's going to have to learn. Her first day is uncomfortable, until she employs her crayons and discovers there's more than one way to communicate with new friends.
Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-day-of-school Dilemma
Keith Calabrese
Lena is excited about starting kindergarten but her favorite shoes are not until, with the help of her father and a very special headband, she convinces the shoes--and herself--to be brave.
On My Papa's Shoulders
Niki Daly
Walking to school with Mama, Gogo or Tata is fun. But riding high on Papa's shoulders is the BEST! On my Papa's Shoulders invites young readers along on a little boy and his Papa's walk to school, where they have their own special way of saying goodbye.
Calvin
JR Ford
A transgender boy prepares for the first day of school and introduces himself to his family and friends for the first time.
The Little Bear
Nicola Killen
The night before her first day of school Ollie has a dream of a magical schoolhouse in the woods with her Little Bear friends.
Danbi Leads The School Parade
Anna Kim
Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to join in the dances and the games, but she doesn't know the rules and just can't get anything right. Luckily, she isn't one to give up. With a spark of imagination, she makes up a new game and leads her classmates on a parade to remember!"
My First Day
Nguyen Quang Phung
This is no ordinary first journey. The rainy season has come to the Mekong Delta, and An, a young Vietnamese boy, sets out alone in a wooden boat wearing a little backpack and armed only with a single oar. On the way, he is confronted by giant crested waves, heavy rainfall and eerie forests where fear takes hold of him. Although daunted by the dark unknown, An realizes that he is not alone and continues to paddle. He knows it will all be worth it when he reaches his destination.
I Got The School Spirit
Connie Schofield-Morrison
As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with school spirit as she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes, and eagerly anticipates the next day.
This Is A School
John Schu
A school is more than just a building. It's a community of people, a place for discovery, and a place to explore!
Your Name Is A Song
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class.
Gibberish
Young Vo
When Dat starts school in a country where he does not speak the language, everything around him sound like gibberish until a new friend helps him make sense of his new world.
The Pigeon Has To Go To School!
Mo Willems
The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.

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