Back to School

August is here and for families city-wide, that means one thing – it’s time to head back to school. For many kids (and maybe some parents, too) heading back to class or starting school for the very first time can stir up a lot of feelings. Whether you’re relieved and excited or nervous or scared, these back to school books will get everyone ready to start the school year on the right foot!

The Kindergarten Cat by J. Patrick Lewis
When the school janitor finds a kitten on the playground, scared and shivering, there’s only one place he knows it’s meant to be – in the kindergarten classroom! The kids in the class are quick to explore whether or not the little cat is ready for kindergarten, sharing their knowledge of letters and sharing with the new class pet. Though there’s a lot to learn in kindergarten, soon Tinker Toy, the kindergarten cat, fits right in, realizing that there’s no place it would rather call home than this class of friendly kindergarteners.

Ruby's School Walk by Kathryn White
“I must be brave, I must be strong.” Ruby repeats this mantra to herself every day on the way to school with her mother. On her way she encounters a rushing river filled with crocodiles – or maybe it’s just logs and fish in a stream. Ruby’s imagination continues to run wild, as she bravely battles her way bats and witches, a tiger, and a deep, dark forest, all on her way to school – the thing she might just fear most of all. But if she can take on all of those scary obstacles, surely saying goodbye to her mom will be no challenge at all for such a strong, brave girl.

Smelly Locker by Alan Katz
Back to school has never been funnier than in these school-themed songs, set to familiar tunes. Just try reading this book without breaking out in song yourself! With subjects varying from heavy backpacks to passing notes, and even school vacation, there’s something silly for every student. Great to read aloud, this book is a great way to help even the most reluctant student beat the back-to-school blues.

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin
Everyone knows that monsters love adventures, so summertime is great! But, did you also know that monsters love to take on the biggest adventure of all – school? When this colorful crew of monster friends has to head back to school, all of them are so excited. All of them except one, of course, Blue. More nervous than all of his monstrous friends, Blue doesn’t know why they have to head back to school. With worries about lunchtime, making friends, and learning all there is to learn, Blue isn’t sure he’s ready for this challenge, but by the end of the day, he might just change his mind!

Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School by Richard Torrey
Posters, pajamas, pants – everything Ally owns is covered in her favorite thing: dinosaurs. On her first day of school, little Ally-saurus (as she prefers to be called) is hoping to meet other dinosaurs in her class. But when she gets to school, Ally finds that not everyone loves dinosaurs as much as she does. With other kids more interested in space adventures or playing princess, Ally is faced with the fact that not everyone loves the same things. Can she still make friends? Of course she can! And maybe she’ll find that dinosaurs aren’t the only thing she loves, while she’s at it.

Dog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio
Charlie does not want to go back to school this year. He’s so tired of school, in fact, that the night before his first day of class, he wishes that he was a dog, like his pet Norman, and wouldn’t have to go. When he wakes up the next morning, Charlie is in for quite a surprise; his wish worked! While he’s left to relax in Norman’s bed on the floor, his dog gets ready for school. What starts as a fun week of swapping places quickly takes a turn for both Norman and Charlie, who discover that life as a dog is hard for a boy and that school might not be the best fit for a pup. Can one more wish get Charlie and Norman back to the lives they’re used to? Read along and find out!

Done reading? Ready for school? Get those school supplies organized with this pencil holder craft from Easy Crafts for Kids, opens a new window, perfect for little bookworms!

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