Today, Julia from In the Afternoon is sharing some of the best children’s books for Back-to-School. My littlest is starting pre-school in a couple of weeks, and although I don’t think she’s afraid (she seems excited!), I love the idea of easing her fears and helping her prepare with one of these fun stories.
It’s that time of year! Time to get back in the habit of making lunches, checking homework and getting out the door on time. If your kids are having a hard time letting go of the lazy days of summer, or if they’re harboring some first day jitters, pick up a school-themed book to share together.
Here are 5 great books for back-to-school, for toddlers to tweens:
Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz: For the smallest students, there’s no better choice than this recent release from perennial toddler favorite Karen Katz. Rosie takes the reader through a typical day at preschool, from putting her things away in her cubby and saying goodbye to daddy to art class and recess. Each spread includes a helpful tip from Rosie as well, such as “At play time, you can play by yourself or with a friend.” The straightforward is perfect for assuaging fears and opening up a discussion prior to the first day.
Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum: In this role-reversal, a young boy is completely self-assured and confident about his first day of Kindergarten while his mother is a nervous wreck, worrying that he won’t have enough time to eat lunch and fretting that she forgot some of his school supplies. The illustrations in this story are worth a thousand words, using scale and color to portray emotions.
Max and Mo’s First Day of School by Patricia Lakin, illustrated by Brian Floca: Max and Mo are hamsters who call an art room home. On their first day back at school, they are embarrassed to be called Tummy and Fluffy, so at night they bust out of their cage and make name tags for themselves. I love Floca’s watercolor illustrations, and this title is perfect for sharing with kiddos apprehensive about elementary school.
Back to School, Weird Kids Rule! by Dan Gutman: This chapter book series always goes over well with the middle grade crowd. In this title, A.J. is bummed when a tropical storm cuts his summer vacation short– and even more bummed when he and his family have to stay at Andrea’s house. When everyone starts to get cabin fever, A.J. and Andrea are sent off to camp– only it’s a camp to get kids ready for school!
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson: Rafe Khatchadorian’s plan for having the best school year ever? Breaking every rule possible in his school’s Code of Conduct. (Sound like anyone you know?) Rafe’s story is compelling because Patterson knows exactly what makes middle school so awkward; guaranteed to ring true for every tween.
What are your favorite back-to-school books for kids?
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