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The Best Back-to-School Books

image_mini1Rid your kids of first day-jitters and fire them up for the first day of class with these ten school reads! –Andrea Zimmerman

MIDDLE
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School
By David Borgenicht, Ben H. Winters, and Robin Esptein

If your older child is stressed about transitioning to a new middle school, hand them this guide, which dishes straightforward (and actually helpful!) advice on bullies, cliques, homework overload, and surviving a crush.

ELEMENTARY
Miss Little’s Gift
By Douglas Wood

Perfect for any child who has trouble reading or sitting still, Miss Little’s Gift tells the story of Doug, a child who struggles with both of these things. But with the after-school help of Miss Little, he overcomes his difficulties and now uses words everyday. In fact, he’s the author of the book!

ELEMENTARY
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill
By Jamie Harper

What’s great about this book is that not only does it tell a zany story about Miss Mingo’s class—which consists of zoo animals—and an unexpected fire drill, but the author also includes trivia about each of the animals in the book, in a perfect blend of fact and fiction.

KINDERGARTEN AND UP
Curious George’s First Day of School
By Margaret and H.A. Rey

Everyone’s favorite monkey troublemaker commits some first-day faux pas when he attempts to “help out” in art class. If your child is as curious at Little George—in or out of class—this is the book for them.

PRESCHOOL
Fisher Price’s Little People, Let’s Go To School
By Reader’s Digest

Perfect for young, interactive readers who like to lift flaps and play I-Spy, this board book indulges the brain through a variety of fun school settings.

ELEMENTARY
An Anaconda Ate My Homework
By Alice Shertle and Aaron Renier

Sometimes students aren’t the only ones nervous for the first day of school. Calm your child’s nerves by reading this book—it’s worth it for the surprise twist at the end!

KINDERGARTEN AND UP
We Love School
By Marilyn Janovitz

Ah, the tired old ‘My pet ate my homework’ excuse. Only, what if that pet was a raptor and it really wasn’t an excuse? Set in comic-book style, this book has lots of color, action, and of course, crazy animals.

KINDERGARTEN AND UP
1st Day Jitters
Julie Danneberg and Judith Dufour Love

Ideal for young children just learning how to read, these furry kittens, bunnies and puppies will give your kids a friendly rhyming introduction to classroom basics.

KINDERGARTEN
The Night Before Kindergarten
By Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell

If your child’s starting Kindergarten and knows the rhyming rhythm to ‘Twas the night before Christmas,’ they’ll breeze through this funny parody about what happens—to kids and parents alike—on this important first day.

PRESCHOOL AND UP
If You Take A Mouse To School
By Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

Part of the ‘If you give…’ series, the infamous mouse in overalls takes on grade school. We know how he fairs with cookies, but how does he deal with pencils and backpacks? Your kids will love finding out what crazy demands he has up his furry sleeve next…

ELEMENTARY
Keisha-Ann Can!
By Daniel Kirk

This empowering story about a girl who masters math, cleanup time, and jump rope during recess will fire up your kids with a ‘can-do’ classroom attitude. Not to mention, the rhymes are really catchy!

Image: Bethalto Public Library District

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