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Back to School Booklist

Back to School Booklist

Going back to school can bring up a lot of emotions for children, whether it’s their first year or their fifth year. They might be nervous, excited, afraid, hopeful – or some combination of feelings.

Books about school can help children understand that their feelings are normal and likely shared by others as well. Plus, reading such books with children might encourage them to open up about their fears, worries, and hopes for the new school year.

Talk with them about what the characters in the book are feeling and ask your child if they have ever felt the same way about school. Discuss how the character deals with their feelings and chat about whether or not those strategies would be helpful for your child.

If your child is excited about school, you could talk about ways that they could help children who are nervous or afraid.

Even silly or unrealistic books about school can turn jitters into giggles as children imagine ridiculous scenarios that probably won’t ever happen, but which would be hilarious if they did.

Picture Books 

A New School Year by Sally Derby and Mika Song

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn

This is a School by John Schu and Veronica Miller Jamison

Mission: Back to School by Susan Hood

Ming Goes to School by Deirdre Sullivan

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

Chapter Books & Graphic Novels

Max Crumbly: Middle School Mayhem by Rachel Renee Russell

Mr. Granite is From Another Planet by Dan Gutman

The School For Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

School! Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School by Kate McMullan

Babymouse: Tales from the Locker by Jennifer Holm

The Loud House: Back to School Special

Class Act by Jerry Craft

Non Fiction

Back to School: A Global Journey

Adventures to School: Real-life Journeys of Students From Around the World

Stop by the library today and explore our collection to find books that will help get your child ready to go back to school – or go to school for the first time!


Written by Carolyn L., Youth Services Library Assistant

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