10 Books I Recommend Reading for Back-to-School!


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.”

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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!

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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. “

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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!

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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The Class

“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.”

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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!

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