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!

Hello Preschool! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593324103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 4th, 2021

The perfect introduction to the joy of preschool, featuring a diverse teacher and classroom (originally published in hardcover as Hello School!)

Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525644712
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - June 29th, 2021

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 Goes to School (Uni the Unicorn) (Step into Reading) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984850270
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

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!

My First Day of School: Ready-to-Read Pre-Level 1 Cover Image
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Jill Wachter (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781534428447
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Spotlight - July 2nd, 2019

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!

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Find Spot at Preschool Cover Image
By Eric Hill, Eric Hill (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780241484807
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Published: Warne - June 1st, 2021

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?

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Beach Toys vs. School Supplies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374314040
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - June 15th, 2021

A fun-filled tale of summertime, teamwork, and the balance between having fun and buckling down, from Twins creator Mike Ciccotello!

Dear Teacher,: A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us Cover Image
By Paris Rosenthal, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063012745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - March 16th, 2021


David Goes to School (David Books [Shannon]) Cover Image
By David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590480871
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Published: Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 1999

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.

School Is Cool! (A Hello!Lucky Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419751103
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - July 13th, 2021

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!

The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939100429
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tanglewood - August 4th, 2020

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.

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The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018


Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!

Superhero vs. School Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681198286
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - July 7th, 2020

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!

Sounds Like School Spirit Cover Image
By Meg Fleming, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593108321
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Published: Dial Books - July 20th, 2021

The ultimate back-to-school ode, this interactive, cheer-filled picture book joyfully celebrates the community we build at school

Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards Cover Image
By Meghan P. Browne, Carlynn Whitt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593173275
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Published: Random House Studio - June 22nd, 2021

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.