Great Books for Back to School

Summer vacation lasts a mere 36 more hours here! The pencils are sharpened, the backpack and lunchbox match, but the changes … even for my “seasoned” first grader … have her a little nervous. And I know she isn’t alone.

So I’ve put together a list of books to share. The common thread is that they are about or have the story set in school. For younger kids, you’ll find plenty of books with a first-time-in-school theme. My new favorite for this year is Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton For independent readers and older kids, there are some great stories that are set in school. Some are humorous and others deal with more serious themes (like bullying). This year’s fave for middle schoolers is The Curse of Addy McMahon by Katie Davis.

As always, if I’m missing a must-have, leave me a comment.


The American Schoolhouse Reader (3-book set)
by Beverly Allie, editor
Bully Brigade by Betty Jo Shuler
NEW! Hands-On English by Fran Santoro Hamilton
Help Your Kids Get it Done Right at Home and School by Donna Genett, Ph.D.
Let’s Get Ready for First Grade by Linda Desimowich and Stacey Kannenberg
Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten by Linda Desimowich and Stacey Kannenberg
30 Minutes a Day Learning System (Preschool) by Brighter Minds
30 Minutes a Day Learning System (Kindergarten) by Brighter Minds
30 Minutes a Day Learning System (Grade 1) by Brighter Minds

Boomer to the Rescue by Peter Parente
NEW! Bubble-Gum Radar (Yoko and Friends School Days Series) by Rosemary Wells
D.W.’s Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown
NEW! Daisy Dawson is On Her Way by Steve Vooks
Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
I’ll Do the Right Thing by Jean Alicia Elster
Maddie and the Magic Penny by Celeste Scheinberg
Maggie and Kate: A Friendship Begins by Peggy A. Schmuldt
Molly McSholly Conquers Kindergarten by Tracy Uttley
Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
NEW! My Preschool by Anne Rockwell
My School / mi escuela by Ginger Fogelsong Guy
Songs for School with the Bandimals (Vol 1, series 2) by Herb Bridgman
NEW! Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Thank You, Esther by Charlotte Lundy
NEW! The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
NEW! There’s a Dragon at My School by Philip Hawthorne and Jenny Tyler
Tomorrow is the First Day of School by Maureen MacDowell

NEW! Bubba Begonia You’ll Be Sorry by Gerry O’Brien
Marvin Monster’s Teacher Jitters by Tabatha D’Agata
Morris Goes to School (I Can Read Level 1) by Bernard Wiseman
NEW! Trouble With Teachers by Helen Orme
What a Day it Was at School by Jack Prelutsky

A Bully’s Doom: The Whisperer’s Tale by Robert Hansen
Click Here to See How I Survived Seventh Grade by Denise Vega
The Computer’s Nerd by W. Royce Adams
NEW! The Curse of Addy McMahon by Katie Davis
Fortune Teller’s Club: Playing with Fire by Dotti Enderle
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
NEW! The Winner’s Group by Vicki Ebeling

NEW! Firegirl by Tony Abbot
NEW! Lucky by Rachel Vail
NEW! Secrets and Kisses by Celise Downs