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Back to School Favorites

Check out our favorite back to school reads as we look towards the fall and prepare to go back to the classroom! These heartwarming stories are full of bravery, empathy, and inclusion.

We Will Rock Our Classmates (Penelope #2) Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781368059596
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 21st, 2020


Readers will twist and shout for this headbanging companion to the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don't Eat Our Classmates.


I Got the School Spirit Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781547602612
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - July 7th, 2020

This exuberant celebration of the first day of school illustrated by award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison will have every kid cheering for school to begin!


Danbi Leads the School Parade Cover Image
By Anna Kim, Anna Kim (Illustrator)
$16.19
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!


First Day Critter Jitters Cover Image
By Jory John, Liz Climo (Illustrator)
$16.19
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


The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781368046459
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - July 2nd, 2019

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?!
Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!


Butterflies on the First Day of School Cover Image
By Annie Silvestro, Dream Chen (Illustrator)
$15.26
ISBN: 9781454921196
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sterling Children's Books - May 7th, 2019

The first day of school is exciting--but it can be scary, too Meet Rosie, a brand-new student who just happens to have butterflies in her stomach.

"Silvestro and Chen take a common figure of speech and transform it, literally, into a lovely expression of a universal experience." --Kirkus
"A cheering first-day story." --Publishers Weekly


The King of Kindergarten Cover Image
$16.19
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!


The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family Cover Image
By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780316519007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.


The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$17.09
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
$16.19
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.


We Don't Eat Our Classmates Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781368003551
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 19th, 2018

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.


Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma Cover Image
By Keith Calabrese, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781534408944
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 3rd, 2018

In the tradition of School’s First Day of School, debut author Keith Calabrese and Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Medina share a sweet, universal story about a clever little girl whose shoes are nervous about the first day of school.

Today is a big day! Today, Lena starts kindergarten. She is very excited.


School's First Day of School Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781596439641
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 28th, 2016

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.


I'm New Here Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781580896122
Availability: Backordered
Published: Charlesbridge - August 4th, 2015

Three students are immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia and have trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English in their new American elementary school. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.


Splat the Cat Cover Image
By Rob Scotton, Rob Scotton (Illustrator)
$16.19
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ISBN: 9780060831547
Published: HarperCollins - July 1st, 2008

It's Splat's first day of school, and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Nervous kitties wondering about friends and school will enjoy laughing along with Splat the Cat!


It's Back to School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around the World Cover Image
By Ellen Jackson, Jan Davey Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780761319481
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - August 1st, 2003

The first day of school is an event that brings mixed emotions to children everywhere. There is excitement in seeing old friends and it's nice to begin a new year with a new teacher and good intentions. But first day feelings are mixed. Will last year's friends still be friends? What if the new teacher doesn't like me? Or what if the work is too hard?


First Day Jitters (The Jitters Series #1) Cover Image
By Julie Danneberg, Judy Love (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9781580890618
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Published: Charlesbridge - February 1st, 2000

Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school.


Wemberly Worried Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$16.19
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ISBN: 9780688170271
Published: Greenwillow Books - July 25th, 2000

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.


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Cover Image
By Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780525454465
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 1996

This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten.


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