Back to School Books


Whether you are a teacher, student, or parent, the first day of school brings a wide range of emotions. These books should help bring a little laughter and emotional support for first-day nerves. 

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Everyone gets nervous on the first day of school, even the school building itself. Nothing goes as planned for the building on its first day with children, but all is okay in the end and everyone wants to try it again the next day. A unique take on first-day jitters.


The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh, Illustrated by Chuck Groenink. One of my favorite books of the year! Sometimes you are searching for true friendship or something new in life, while everything you need is right in front of you.


The Teacher’s Pet by Anica Mrose Rissi, Illustrated by Zachariah OHara. A class bands together to help their teacher when his love for the class pet clouds his judgment. The tadpole grows into a hippo. The pet's size and needs are destroying the classroom. Kids will love the idea of knowing more than a teacher.


The Smallest Girl In The Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts, Illustrated by Christian Robinson. This book reminds us that you can make a big impact on those around you by speaking up. Sally McCabe might be small, but she’s an observer of the world, and so one day she realizes she can make a difference despite her age or size.


If You Ever Want To Bring an Alligator To School, Don't (Magnolia Says Don’t!) by Elise Parsley. If you don’t know the Magnolia series, this is a great one to get you started. They are very funny for both younger kids and school-aged children. Magnolia just wants to have the best show-and-tell ever and acts against her better judgment when she brings her alligator.


Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt, Illustrated by Shane Prigmore. “What if I am not ready? What if we crash into a comet, or get sucked into a black hole, or even worse…what if my lunch floats away?” “You are well prepared,” says Dad. Planet Kindergarten is an exciting story that will help kids to picture their first day and to tackle new challenges.


The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. This book will resonate with perfectionists and worriers. It helps our children see the beauty in the process rather than the product. You might also want to check out The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. 


A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen, Illustrated by Mark Lowery. This book is a cute story about the power of writing and getting started. You don’t have to know how to write everything or anything to create something beautiful.


How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan, Illustrated by Lee Wildish. From the author of the How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit A Grandpa, this book helps kids feel confident in the things they know and what to expect at school. It's also pretty funny, so kids and parents alike will love it. 


Kindergarten Countdown by Anna Jane Hays, Illustrated by Linda Davick. There are only seven days until the first day of kindergarten. The book helps kids count backward, learn the days of the week and also gain excitement about the big day! I've purchased it for several kindergarten classrooms in the past and everyone always enjoys it for a simple and quick read. 


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