Books for Back-to-School!

It’s back to school time! Going back to school can be a time of varied emotions for students. They’re excited about going back to school and seeing friends, nervous about their new teachers and classes, and most likely a little sad to be leaving summer behind! Here are some of my favorite children’s books about going back to school. They cover a wide variety of emotions students may be feeling, and thoughts they may be having. Have a great year!

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff – The classic series takes on a new topic, school, in this fun and sure to please book. The familiar rhythm will soothe students while giving them lots of laughs about mouse’s first time at school.

It’s Time for School, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt- A little boy doesn’t want to go to school, and so he tries to delay by asking his Mom lots of “what if” questions. His Mom answers with patience and silliness to show him that school is lots of fun. This is a great book to get nervous students laughing about school.

Alice Ann Gets Ready for School by Cynthia Jabar- Alice Anne is both very nervous, and very excited, as she prepares for one of the most important days of her life; her first day of school.

Billy and the Big New School by C. Anholt and L. Anholt- Billy isn’t so sure about starting school, but he cares for a sparrow who teaches him that he can take care of himself also.

First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar- A little girl named Ivy is so excited for school to start, but she is also a little nervous. What if she gets on the wrong bus or can’t find her classroom? This is a cute little book that covers a lot of the first day jitter topics.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg- I love this book, and it’s one of my niece’s favorites as well. It describes all the nervousness and jitters that lead up to the first day of school, except at the end you find out it wasn’t a nervous child, but a nervous teacher!

I Don’t Want to go Back to School by Marisabina Russo- Ben’s sister fills his head with terrible warnings about second grade, but will they come true?

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing- A take on the classic "Twas the night before Christmas . . ." with the topic being the first day of Kindergarten instead of Christmas. Students who are familiar with the original will find comfort and familiarity with this version.

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen- Jim begins his first day of school with a questions most children have, “Will I have a friend?” This book does a great job taking children through the worries about making new friends at school.


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Hannah T

About Hannah T

I am a 2010 graduate with a degree and certification in Elementary Ed., and I have worked with students from birth to junior high. I believe that one of the most important qualities to surviving a teaching career is a sense of humor. I also strongly feel that students are most successful when they are active and hands-on learners. My Mom was a Special Ed. teacher for almost 30 years, and my Dad was an English major, so I enjoy bouncing blog ideas off the two of them. This usually results in an exchange of great stories with my Mom, and a correction in my writing from my Dad. When they're not available, the job falls to my rescue dog, Coozie.

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