Well, here we are…back-to-school time again…albeit from home (for us)! Whether you’re heading back in-person or staying home, I’m sure there are many kids out there who are nervous about this new school year, especially those starting school for the first time. In a previous blog post I shared a lovely book that helped my youngest with her transition to school (you can read all about “Lion Heart Goes to School” here.). Since then, I have discovered so many more books that are wonderful for parents and teachers to share at the beginning of the school year.
I hope this list of 10 books inspires excitement about returning to school! Let me know in the comments which book you love for back-to-school.
I have provided links to purchase each book from Bookshop.org – an online resource which connects you with book sellers in your local area. It’s a great way to support small business owners and get to know bookshops nearby you! I’m sure these titles can also be easily found in your public library.
The Day You Begin
“Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.”Bookshop.org
School’s First Day of School
“It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he’s not the only one going through first-day jitters.”Bookshop.org
Your Name is a Song
This is a special book! It was published only a few months ago but is really resonating with families everywhere.
“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.”Bookshop.org
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
This classic book about an eager, school-loving little mouse will surely become a favorite at story time. Lilly’s love for school is infectious! Even though she has a big lesson to learn (after taking out her anger on her teacher for confiscating her toys), she nevertheless appreciates her teacher and leaves us all wishing we were in elementary school with her!
Read along with me here!Bookshop.org
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
“It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. “Bookshop.org
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
We love all of the Pete the Cat books and this one doesn’t disappoint!
“Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song…because it’s all good.”
Read “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas” with me here!Bookshop.org
My Teacher is a Monster!
“A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She’s loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won’t allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day… he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.”Bookshop.org
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
My girls adore every single Mo Willems book, especially the Pigeon series. This one is adorable and will have your little ones laughing and excited about returning to school. I just love how the Pigeon is afraid he might learn TOO MUCH at school!
Read “The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog” with me here!Bookshop.org
Click, Clack, Quack to School!
“They can stand in line (sort of), use indoor voices (perhaps), and are capable of sharing (rumor has it), so the Click Clack critters are ready for school…but is school ready for them? A charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise!“
Read “Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type” with me here!Bookshop.org
“Count along with twenty young students from nineteen different homes as they get ready for their first day of kindergarten. Boni Ashburn’s snappy rhyming text and Kimberly Gee’s adorable and diverse group of children make this a great pick for little ones getting ready for their first day of school.”Bookshop.org
Happy reading everyone! Please let me know which books you like to read this time of year. I’d love to add them to my book list on Bookshop.org!
And, remember, you can read over 100 books with me on my YouTube channel!