Our Best (Back) To School Picks
There’s a fresh bag of apples in the fridge, a new backpack lies waiting in the closet, and the smell of freshly-sharpened pencils is in the air. How is it already back-to-school season again? Of course, for some of our younger readers, the whole affair isn’t quite so routine. We had them in mind when we created the list of books below—you’ll find books to assuage fears, soothe doubts, and maybe even get your kiddos excited about the start of a new school year. Read on!
The perfect introduction to the joy of preschool, featuring a diverse teacher and classroom (originally published in hardcover as Hello School!)
An acclaimed author and a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator team up to bring us a funny, warm, and utterly winning chapter book that follows, day by day, the first hundred days in one first grader's classroom.
Uni the Unicorn for early readers! This Step 2 Step into Reading book about Uni and friends going to school is great for back-to-school time, or any day of the year!
Young readers can learn all about what happens at school in this Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read with sweet text and photographs of first-time students!
It’s the first day of school in this early reader by Biscuit creator Alyssa Satin Capucilli. What will it be like? At school, students will meet the teacher, make new friends, sing songs, play, learn, and so much more!
Join Spot and his friends on their first day of preschool in this fun lift-the-flap book.
It's Spot's first day at preschool, and he can't wait! There are lots of fun activities to try and games to play with his friends... but when it gets to snack time, Spot has disappeared! Where has he gone?
A fun-filled tale of summertime, teamwork, and the balance between having fun and buckling down, from Twins creator Mike Ciccotello!
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A companion to the Caldecott Honor-winning classic No, David!by bestselling picture-book creator David Shannon!David's teacher has her hands full. From running in the halls to chewing gum in class, David's high-energy antics fill each schoolday with trouble -- and are sure to bring a smile to even the best- bahaved reader.
In the latest picture book from Hello!Lucky, a cheerful narrator guides a class of nervous critters through their very first day of school
What you learn in school will last all year!
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.
A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
Geisel Award-winner Ethan Long shows that every kid has the power to conquer school-day worries once and for all.
In the darkest of nights, when all else is lost, Scotty is ready to vanquish any foe. After all, that's what a superhero does.
But this hero is about to come face-to-face with his greatest fear, his only weakness: the first day of school!
The ultimate back-to-school ode, this interactive, cheer-filled picture book joyfully celebrates the community we build at school
A folksy, larger-than-life picture book biography about Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas who has inspired countless women in politics today.
Dorothy Ann Willis hailed from a small Texas town, but early on she found her voice and the guts to use it.