Back to School for the Wee Ones

Summer is almost over, and school will soon start. We have pulled some great books to acclimate your little school attendees (virtual or in person) to the concept of school.

If you are working with a little one, trying to help them learn to read, here's some tips from LitHub.

Danbi Leads the School Parade Cover Image
By Anna Kim, Anna Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451478894
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2020

An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book
 
Meet Danbi, the new girl at school!


The Truth About Dragons Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316481489
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

A mesmerizing picture book about the excitement (and often times anxiety) of a new experience, represented by a castle full of dragons that aren't quite what they appear. As a young girl cautiously approaches a castle full of soaring, roaring dragons, she worries about their wildness and their terribly sharp teeth.


First Day Critter Jitters Cover Image
By Jory John, Liz Climo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735228559
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Published: Dial Books - July 7th, 2020

First-day-of-school jitters have never been funnier or more reassuring than in this picture book by the New York Times bestselling author Jory John and critically acclaimed illustrator Liz Climo


Pearl Goes to Preschool Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536207439
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Published: Candlewick - July 21st, 2020

Pearl loves to dance! But will she love preschool, too?


Ways to Welcome Cover Image
By Linda Ashman, Joey Chou (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313180
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - June 16th, 2020

Ways to Welcomes is a sweet, timely picture book from writer Linda Ashman and illustrator Joey Chou about kindness and connection, ideal for schools and classrooms.

A welcome can be warm
Or cold,
Shy and quiet,
Big and bold.
An offering,
A smiling face,
That lights an unfamiliar place.
There’s lots of ways to show we care


The King of Kindergarten Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740740
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 2nd, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.


The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets.It sits and shines behind your head--like a crown. Mommy says that today, you are going to be the King of Kindergarten!


Take Your Pet to School Day Cover Image
By Linda Ashman, Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524765590
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2019

Wouldn't it be fun to bring your pet to school? Now imagine if EVERYONE brought their pet to school! That's exactly what happens in this hilarious picture book! A lighthearted, perfect read for back to school--no matter what that looks like!


1, 2, 3, Off to School! Cover Image
By Marianne Dubuc, Marianne Dubuc (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781525306563
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Published: Kids Can Press - May 4th, 2021

In this playful take on school readiness by award-winning author-illustrator Marianne Dubuc, a child visits their friends' schools and discovers how many wonderful things kindergarteners do in a day!Pom is ready for the first day of kindergarten. Not the real first day, that's not for another year. But Pom has been hearing a lot from all the animals about each of their schools.


I Will Be Fierce Cover Image
By Bea Birdsong, Nidhi Chanani (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250295088
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 23rd, 2019

Written by Bea Birdsong and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani, I Will Be Fierce is a powerful picture book about courage, confidence, kindness, and finding the extraordinary in everyday moments.

Today, I will be fierce!


Sounds Like School Spirit Cover Image
By Meg Fleming, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
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


Time for School, Little Blue Truck Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358412243
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Published: Clarion Books - June 22nd, 2021

Ride along to school with the #1 New York Times best-selling Little Blue Truck and meet Blue's new friend: a bright yellow school bus. Beep-beep!

Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the road.


Hello Preschool! Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593324103
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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!)


Preschool, Here I Come! Cover Image
By D.J. Steinberg, John Joven (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524790547
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - June 23rd, 2020

A book for all preschoolers-to-be from the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! Now includes a sheet of stickers!


The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

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


All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The perfect back-to-school read for every kid, family and classroom!

In our classroom safe and sound.
Fears are lost and hope is found.


Cookie & Broccoli: Ready for School! Cover Image
By Bob McMahon, Bob McMahon (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593109076
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Published: Dial Books - July 7th, 2020

The first in an early graphic novel series about outgoing Cookie and shy Broccoli as they navigate the ups and downs of starting school--perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly!


Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
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.


Isadora Moon Goes to School Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780399558238
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2017

Meet Isadora Moon! She's half-fairy, half-vampire and totally unique!

Isadora Moon loves sunshine — and nighttime. She loves her magic wand — and her black tutu. She loves spooky bats — and Pink Rabbit. Isadora is half-fairy, half-vampire, and she’s special because she is different! 


The Best Seat in Kindergarten (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Katharine Kenah, Abby Carter (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062686404
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Published: HarperCollins - June 18th, 2019

Beginning readers will love this warm introduction to all the excitement and uncertainty of starting kindergarten!


Tiny Diamond's First Day of School (DreamWorks Trolls) (Step into Reading) Cover Image
By David Lewman, Fabio Laguna (Illustrator), Grace Mills (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593373439
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2021

An all-new school-themed Step into Reading leveled reader based on the DreamWorks Trolls--Includes over 30 stickers!

Children ages 4-6 will love this all-new DreamWorks Trolls school-themed Step into Reading reader featuring Tiny Diamond on his first day of school! More than 30 stickers add to the fun!


Wemberly Worried Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061857768
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 27th, 2010

Wemberly worried about everything. Big things. Little things. And things in between. Then it was time for school to start. And Wemberly worried even more. If you ever worry (or know someone who does), this is the book for you.


The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781939100429
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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.


Never, Not Ever! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063076495
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Published: HarperCollins - July 13th, 2021

A perfect back-to-school book...with a twist! For little kids everywhere who feel anxious leaving home to go back to school.

A Kids' Indie Next Pick!


Becoming Vanessa Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525582120
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

Get ready to go back to school with this inclusive, empathetic story that will help kids new to the classroom transform from timid caterpillars into beautiful butterflies who love exactly who they are!


I Don't Want to Go to School Cover Image
By Lula Bell, Brian Fitzgerald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781680102482
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Published: Tiger Tales - May 11th, 2021

It's Mouse's first day of school. It's Dinosaur's first day of school. As each of them get ready for the first day of school, they definitely DON'T want to go! But when class begins, there is a very big surprise! A reassuring tale for those first-day-of-school jitters.


The One and Only Sparkella Cover Image
By Channing Tatum, Kim Barnes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250750754
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 4th, 2021

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!
A
Publishers Weekly Bestseller!

Leading actor, producer and director Channing Tatum's picture book debut, The One and Only Sparkella is a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter—illustrated by Kim Barnes.

Ella is excited for her first day at a new school.


The Giggles Are Coming Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593109311
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Published: Dial Books - July 6th, 2021

A couple of friends can't keep from laughing during class on the first day of school, in this companion to The Yawns Are Coming from the illustrator of the Ordinary People Change the World series!


Write-On Wipe-Off Let's Practice Phonics (Highlights Write-On Wipe-Off Fun to Learn Activity Books) Cover Image
By Highlights Learning (Created by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781644723029
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Published: Highlights Learning - May 18th, 2021

This wipe-clean phonics book combines curriculum-based language-arts-skills practice with puzzles, humor, and playful art. The convenient, reusable format is designed to make learning phonics exciting and fun.


New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature! 


All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Calling all Raina Telgemeier fans! The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.


The Unteachables Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062563903
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 30th, 2019

A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher—perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. A good choice for summer reading or anytime!


The Unteachables Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062563903
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 30th, 2019

A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher—perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. A good choice for summer reading or anytime!


The One Thing You'd Save Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Robert Sae-Heng (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328515131
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Published: Clarion Books - March 16th, 2021

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class.


Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) Cover Image
$3.99
ISBN: 9780545108553
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Published: Cartwheel Books - December 1st, 2009

The extraordinary true story of Ruby Bridges, the first Black child to integrate a New Orleans school -- now with simple text for young readers!

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked through an angry crowd and into a school, changing history.


Uni Goes to School (Uni the Unicorn) (Step into Reading) Cover Image
$4.99
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!


How to Start First Grade (Step into Reading) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781524715540
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

It's back to school for Steve! Will his first day of first grade be ruined by the new kid? A hilarious Step 2 reader about self-confidence and friendship!


Preschool, Here I Come! Cover Image
By D.J. Steinberg, John Joven (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524790547
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - June 23rd, 2020

A book for all preschoolers-to-be from the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! Now includes a sheet of stickers!


I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do Anything! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593206607
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Published: Flamingo Books - December 29th, 2020

Based on a viral video comes the story of one boy's positive energy and how a sunny outlook can turn everything around.


Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box, Too!: Ready-to-Read Graphics Level 3 Cover Image
By Maggie P. Chang, Maggie P. Chang (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534484689
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Published: Simon Spotlight - June 29th, 2021

Meet spunky, funny, and friendly Geraldine Pu as she takes on a bully and makes a new friend in this first book in a new Level 3 Ready-to-Read Graphics series!

Geraldine Pu’s favorite part of school is lunch. She loves her lunch box, which she calls Biandang. She can’t wait to see what her grandmother, Amah, has packed inside it each day.


Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks) Cover Image
By Workman Publishing, Editors of Brain Quest (From an idea by), Jen Haberling (Guest editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761160915
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 9th, 2016

It’s the revolutionary English language arts study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.
    
Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts . .


Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks) Cover Image
By Workman Publishing, Editors of Brain Quest (From an idea by), Ouida Newton (Guest editor), Altair Peterson (Text by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761160960
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 9th, 2016

It’s the revolutionary math study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.
    
Everything You Need to Ace Math . .


Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks) Cover Image
By Workman Publishing, Lily Rothman (Text by), Editors of Brain Quest (From an idea by), Philip Bigler (Guest editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780761160830
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 9th, 2016

It’s the revolutionary American history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.
    
Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . covers Native Americans to the war in Iraq.