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For parents of elementary school children or primary/elementary teachers returning to school shortly, here is our “Back to School” book recommendation list. Going back to school means new teachers, new friends, new shoes, new school supplies and sometimes, going to a new school. I have come up with a list of 60 books (YES! 60 books!) of all kinds of back to school related themes that is experienced with the first day/week of school. Come back to our blog periodically as I will post new lists of all sorts for every type of reader!

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Back to School: 
1. This School Year Will Be The Best! by Kay Winters and Renee Andriani
2. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
3. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
4. A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

5. Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg and Mark Chambers
6. Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis
7. The 12 Days of Kindergarten by Jenna Lettice and Colleen Madden
8. The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell

First Day Jitters:
9. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love
10. You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
11. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
12. A TigerTail (Or what Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) by Mike Boldt

The Night Before School:
13. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López
14. The Pigeon Has To Go To School! by Mo Willems
15. The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell
16. The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing and Deborah Zemke

Making Friends:
17. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
18. Making Friends Is An Art by Julia Cook
19. Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them by Patti Kelley Criswell
20. Join In and Play by Cheri Meiners

School Rules:
21. My Mouth Is A Volcano by Julia Cook
22. Back to School Rules by Laurie Friedman and Teresa Murfin
23. A Dragon With His Mouth On Fire: Teach Your Dragon To Not Interrupt by Steve Herman
24. Tony Baloney School Rules by Pam Munoz Ryan

Reminiscing about Summer Vacation:
25. How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
26. Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton
27. The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Benjamin Chaud And Davide Cali
28. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation by Stan and Jan Berenstain

29. Dear Teacher by Amy Husband
30. How To Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan
31. A Letter To My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson
32. My Teacher’s Secret Life by Stephen Krensky

“All About Me” theme:
33. What I Like About Me! by Allia Zobel Nolan and Miki Sakamoto
34. What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston and Tim Mack
35. Marvelous Me by Picture Window Books
36. It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

Lunches and Snacks:
37. Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want To Survive the Cafeteria by by John Grandits
38. Eating Lunch at School by Joanne Mattern
39. My Healthy Habits: Choose Good Food! My Eating Tips by Gina Bellisario
40. Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell

41. I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… by Benjamin Chaud And Davide Cali
42. The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle by Stan and Jan Berenstain
43. The Croc Ate My Homework by Stephan Pastis
44. No More Homework! No More Tests!: Kids’ Favorite Funny School Poems by Bruce Lansky

45. What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
46. What if Everybody Said that? by Ellen Javernick
47. The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners by Stan and Jan Berenstain
48. Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller

49. Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying by Julia Cook
50. My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig
51. Dragon and The Bully: Teach Your Dragon How To Deal With The Bully by Steve Herman
52. Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook

Goal Setting:
53. What Do I Want To Become by Rumeet Billan
54. Ara The Star Engineer by Komal Singh
55. I Want To Be A Lot by Ashley Savage
56. Buckaroo Chuck: Cowboy For Reals by Lexi Kinney

New school:
57. The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz
58. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson
59. The School Book by Todd Parr
60. Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School by David Mackintosh

Happy reading! Cheers to a new school year!
IB 🙂
Founder of Mind Growth Education