School is in the Bag

Odds are your kids are already back to school … but some school districts don’t resume until after Labor Day, so hopefully this note is perfectly timed!

I have culled through the Book Bag on the Reading Tub® Web site to find some books that can help ease the butterflies of those heading to school for the first time, those who still get nervous even though this is “old hat,” some titles that you may find useful for reinforcing basic skills, and (unfortunately) some books to help with bullying.

The list is grouped into early workbooks, picture books, early reader books and Middle School books (for kids transitioning from elementary school). If you have a favorite that worked in your house, please add a comment.


The American Schoolhouse Reader (3-book set)
by Beverly Allie, editor
Bully Brigade by Betty Jo Shuler
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
D.W.’s Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown
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
My School / mi escuela by Ginger Fogelsong Guy
Songs for School with the Bandimals (Vol 1, series 2) by Herb Bridgman
Thank You, Esther by Charlotte Lundy
Tomorrow is the First Day of School by Maureen MacDowell

Marvin Monster’s Teacher Jitters by Tabatha D’Agata
Morris Goes to School (I Can Read Level 1) by Bernard Wiseman
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
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta