Back-to-School Books (3rd) (77 Books)

Everyone needs to shine, no one is invisible, not even the Invisible Boy! Reading Level: L-P
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
520
Ages
4-8
Grades
1-2
Patrice Karst, Geoff Stevenson

The Invisible String

Hardcover (2000-09-01)



Publisher
Devorss & Co
ISBN
0875167349 / 9780875167343
Pages
36
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
9.8 x 10.4 in.

For Adults too!


A steady best-seller and The Invisible String is reaching all over the World!


OVER 400,000 copies sold!

"That's impossible", said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they're all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. "What kind of string"? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, "An Invisible String made of love." That's where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it! THE INVISIBLE STRING is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we aren't ever really alone and reminding children (and adults!) that when we are loved beyond anything we can imagine. "People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can't see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love."

Thus begins this heart-warming and reassuring story that addresses the issue of "separation anxiety" (otherwise known as the sense of existential 'aloneness') to children of all ages.

Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all, and, by extension, ultimately binds every person on the planet to everyone else. Parents and children everywhere who are looking for reassurance and reaffirmation of the transcendent power of love, to bind, connect and comfort us through those inevitable times when life challenges us!

Let's tell the whole world that we are ALL connected by Invisible Strings!

Adopted by
Military Library Services & Foster Care Agencies

Recommended by
Bereavement Support Groups and Hospice Centers

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
210
Ages
5-8
Grades
K-3
Julie Danneberg, Judy Love

First Day Jitters

Hardcover (2000-02-01)



Publisher
Charlesbridge
Series
Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures (Book 1)
ISBN
1580890547 / 9781580890540
Pages
32
Weight
11.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.3 x 0.4 in.
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. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.

Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD520
Ages
3-5
Grades
PK-K
Norman Bridwell

Clifford Goes to Kindergarten

Paperback (2015-04-28)



Publisher
Scholastic Inc
Series
Clifford
ISBN
0545823358 / 9780545823357
Pages
32
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.2 x 0.2 in.
Join Clifford in this brand-new storybook as he spends the day with Emily Elizabeth in kindergarten!

Emily Elizabeth is starting Kindergarten and she's a little nervous. Good thing that the teacher sent a note home that says each child can bring something from home to make the transition a little easier. But the teacher didn't bet on a child bringing something--or someone--as big as Clifford!

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD600
Ages
3-5
Grades
PK-K
D.J. Steinberg, Mark Chambers

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Paperback (2012-06-14) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap
Series
Here I Come!
ISBN
0448456249 / 9780448456249
Pages
32
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.1 in.
Get ready for school with these fun poems!

This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it's the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem--not to mention charming illustrations.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD560
Ages
3-6
Grades
PK-K
Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

Hardcover (2014-06-24)



Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Series
A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure
ISBN
0374360952 / 9780374360955
Pages
32
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
10.3 x 0.4 in.

Turn little pouts into big smiles!

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD370
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman

All Are Welcome

Hardcover (2018-07-10) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN
0525579648 / 9780525579649
Pages
44
Weight
17.6 oz.
Dimensions
10.3 x 0.4 in.

★ An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year selection

New York Times bestseller!

A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.


"Penfold and Kaufman have outdone themselves in delivering a vital message in today's political climate."--Kirkus, Starred review

"A lively, timely picture book."--Booklist

“This is a must-read for pre-school and elementary classrooms everywhere. An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way.” – Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!

"A great read-aloud selection to start the year and revisit time and again." —School Library Journal

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD500
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-2
Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond

If You Take a Mouse to School

Hardcover (2002-07-16) , 1st edition



Publisher
HarperCollins
ISBN
0060283289 / 9780060283292
Pages
32
Weight
10.4 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.3 in.

Mouse goes to school in this picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

If you take a mouse to school, he'll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he'll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he'll need a notebook and some pencils. He'll probably want to share your backpack, too.

The famous mouse from If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back for his first day of school. Only Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond could make school this much fun!

A perfect addition to the classic and beloved series—be sure to collect them all!

 

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD480
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-4
Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried

Hardcover (2000-07-25) , 1st edition



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
ISBN
9780688170 / 9780688170271
Pages
32
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.4 in.

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.

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD240
Ages
2-5
Grades
PK-K
Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Misses Mama

Hardcover (2009-03-19) , 4th Print edition



Publisher
Viking Books for Young Readers
Series
Llama Llama
ISBN
0670061980 / 9780670061983
Pages
40
Weight
19.2 oz.
Dimensions
10.5 x 0.5 in.
Strange new teacher.
Strange new toys.
Lots of kids and lots of noise!

What would Llama like to do?
Llama Llama feels so new . . .

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?

Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!

Activities for Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

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Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
490
Ages
-
Grades
PK+
Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat Board Book

Board book (2016-05-03) , Brdbk edition



Publisher
HarperFestival
Series
Splat the Cat
ISBN
0062294369 / 9780062294364
Pages
34
Weight
8.0 oz.
Dimensions
7.0 x 0.7 in.

Go back to Splat’s first day of school in New York Times bestselling author/artist Rob Scotton’s board book edition of Splat the Cat!

It’s Splat’s first day of school and he’s worried about making new friends. What if no one likes him at cat school? But readers soon discover there was nothing to be afraid of—Splat loves cat school and all his new friends!

The earliest readers will love reading about Rob Scotton’s endearing and hilarious character Splat the Cat in this board book.

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD560
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Patty Lovell, David Catrow

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Hardcover (2001-08-27)



Publisher
G
ISBN
9780399234 / 9780399234163
Pages
32
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
9.3 x 0.4 in.

Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do.

Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart.

But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. A horrible bully picks on her on the very first day, but Molly Lou Melon knows just what to do about that. 

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
490
Ages
3-5
Grades
PK-K
Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy Goes to School

Hardcover (1996-08-01)



Publisher
Viking Books for Young Readers
Series
Froggy
ISBN
9780670867 / 9780670867264
Pages
32
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
8.4 x 0.4 in.
Froggy's mother knows that everyone's nervous on the first day of school. "Not me!" says Froggy, and together they leapfrog to the bus stop—flop flop flop. Froggy's exuberant antics will delight his many fans and reassure them that school can be fun.

"This is a great read-aloud with sounds and words that encourage active participation...A charming story to calm those pre-school jitters."
School Library Journal

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
510
Ages
5-6
Grades
K-1
Natasha Wing, Deborah Zemke

The Night Before First Grade

Hardcover (2014-05-01) , Reissue edition



Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap
Series
The Night Before
ISBN
0448482568 / 9780448482569
Pages
32
Weight
13.4 oz.
Dimensions
9.8 x 0.4 in.
It's the night before the Big Day—first grade. Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore's classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers—as well as the “heroine” of the story—and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD590
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Hardcover (1996-09-01) , 1st edition



Publisher
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Series
Miss Bindergarten Books
ISBN
9780525454 / 9780525454465
Pages
48
Weight
16.0 oz.
Dimensions
9.3 x 0.4 in.
This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten.

It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin! 

"Multifaceted and appealing, this book can be enjoyed in many ways, at home and at school." --The New York Times Book Review

For readers of Kindergarten, Here I Come and The Night Before Kindergarten.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
340
Ages
4-7
Grades
PK-3
Harry G. Allard Jr., James Marshall

Miss Nelson Is Missing!

Hardcover (1977-09-09) , 1st edition



Publisher
Houghton Mifflin
Series
Read Along Book & CD (Book 1)
ISBN
0395252962 / 9780395252963
Pages
32
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
8.3 x 0.4 in.

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.

So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. James Marshall’s scritchy, cartoonish full-color ink and wash illustrations are hilarious. A back-to-school perennial!

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD500
Ages
5+
Grades
K-12
Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot

Hardcover (2003-09-15) , 1st edition



Publisher
Candlewick
ISBN
0763619612 / 9780763619619
Pages
32
Weight
5.6 oz.
Dimensions
7.8 x 0.3 in.
With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD570
Ages
3-7
Grades
PK-2
Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa

The Sandwich Swap

Hardcover (2010-04-20) , 1 edition



Publisher
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781423124 / 9781423124849
Pages
32
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.8 x 0.6 in.
Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?

The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
490
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-4
Kevin Henkes

Jessica

Hardcover (1989-03-20) , First Edition edition



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
ISBN
068807829X / 9780688078294
Pages
32
Weight
8.8 oz.
Dimensions
7.5 x 0.2 in.

"There is no Jessica," said Ruthie's parents. But of course there was. She ate with Ruthie, played with Ruthie, and was sorry when Ruthie was bad. Nobody could see Jessica -- except Ruthie. When it came time for Ruthie to go to school, Jessica went with her. Her parents hoped Ruthie would find a friend at school who would replace Jessica. They were in for a (happy) surprise!

Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
GN580
Ages
5-8
Grades
K-3
Laura Murray, Mike Lowery

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

Hardcover (2011-07-07)



Publisher
G
Series
Gingerbread Man Loose
ISBN
0399250522 / 9780399250521
Pages
32
Weight
16.0 oz.
Dimensions
8.9 x 0.4 in.
When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: "I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!"

With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, a deliciously sweet ending is served up for both the Gingerbread Man and the children who made him.

 Teachers often use the Gingerbread Man story to introduce new students to the geography and staff of schools, and this fresh, funny twist on the original can be used all year long. Includes a poster with fun activities!
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
530
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

Hardcover (2017-07-04)



Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series
How To...relationships
ISBN
055353825X / 9780553538250
Pages
32
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
8.9 x 0.3 in.
How to Get Your Teacher Ready… all year long, from the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Catch Santa.
 
This humorous new book in the beloved HOW TO . . . series takes readers through a fun and busy school year. Written in tongue-in-cheek instructional style, a class of adorable students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready—for the first day of school, and all the events and milestones that will follow (picture day, holiday concert, the 100th day of school, field day!). And along the way, children will see that getting their teacher ready is really getting themselves ready. Filled with charming role-reversal humor, this is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and students, and the perfect gift for back-to-school readiness or graduation.
 
Praise for the HOW TO . . . books:
 
“A new hit this year is How to Catch Santa. . . . The picture book offers lighthearted tips on how kids can steal a glimpse of Mr. Elusive, aka Santa.” —USA Today (How to Catch Santa)
 
“Belongs on the shelf of every kid who loves a grandparent.” —The Salt Lake Tribune (How to Babysit a Grandpa)
 
“The charm of its premise and the clear bond between the generations will have kids and grandparents giggling together.” —School Library Journal (How to Babysit a Grandma)
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
-
Ages
5-9
Grades
K-4
Jamie Michalak, Frank Remkiewicz

Joe and Sparky Go to School

Paperback (2014-06-24)



Publisher
Candlewick
Series
Candlewick Sparks
ISBN
0763671819 / 9780763671815
Pages
48
Weight
0.3 oz.
Dimensions
6.1 x 0.2 in.
The endearing and mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school.

Sparky the turtle may be cautious, but when the strange vehicle full of noisy short people pulls away from Safari World, he finds himself stuck on the bus’s roof just the same. Luckily his giraffe friend, Joe, is adventurous enough to take a running jump, too! When they arrive at school, they discover that there’s a lot to learn, like the fact that the restroom is full of little magic “ponds,” that you’re supposed to count the peas, not eat them, and that the goal of the day seems to be to get a star. But just when Joe fears that he may have to go home starless, Sparky reminds him of all the ways that his loyal friend already shines. Readers will roll over laughing — and find lots to relate to — in this hilarious new adventure.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
-
Ages
-
Grades
-
David A. Adler

Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery

Paperback (2002-03-15)



Publisher
Scholastic
ISBN
0439489202 / 9780439489201
Pages
53
Weight
1.6 oz.
Dimensions
7.7 x 5.2 in.
It's the first day of fifth grade, and Cam and Eric can't wait to meet their new teacher. But no sooner does the day begin, than two policemen come into their classroom and arrest Ms. Benson! Surely, there must be some kind of mistake. Will Cam be able to solve this incredible first day of school mystery?
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
7-10
Grades
2-5
Kate McMullan, Bill Basso, Stephen Gilpin

The New Kid at School

Paperback (2003-05-12) , Revised/Expanded ed. edition



Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN
9780448431 / 9780448431086
Pages
112
Weight
4.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.1 x 0.3 in.
When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
460
Ages
7-9
Grades
2-4
Suzy Kline, Frank Remkiewicz

Horrible Harry Moves up to Third Grade

Hardcover



Publisher
Viking Juvenile
Series
Horrible Harry (Book 13)
ISBN
0670878731 / 9780670878734
Pages
64
Weight
7.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.4 in.
None
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
400
Ages
3-5
Grades
PK-K
Lucille Colandro, Jared D. Lee

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!

Paperback (2012-07-01) , 1 edition



Publisher
Cartwheel Books
Series
There Was an Old Lady
ISBN
0545402875 / 9780545402873
Pages
32
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.2 x 0.2 in.
There was an old lady who's ready for school!

That lovely old lady has returned just in time for the first day of school. Now she's swallowing items to make the very best of her first day back. And just in time for the bus...

With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of the classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page--a fun story for the first day of school!
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
-
Ages
3-5
Grades
PK-K
Natasha Wing, Amy Wummer

The Night Before Preschool

Hardcover (2014-05-01) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Grosset & Dunlap
Series
The Night Before
ISBN
0448482541 / 9780448482545
Pages
32
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
9.8 x 0.4 in.
It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he's too excited about going back! The book's simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child's fears about the first day of school.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
AD660
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Jamie Harper

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School

Hardcover (2006-07-11)



Publisher
Candlewick
Series
AWARDS: Young Hoosier Primary Awards 2011-2012
ISBN
0763624101 / 9780763624101
Pages
32
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
10.1 x 0.3 in.
On sharing day in Miss Mingo’s multispecies class, we learn that Cricket hears with his legs, Snake smells with his tongue, and Frog enjoys eating his own skin in this nonfiction storybook filled to the gills with laughter — and learning.

If there's an elephant in the classroom — along with an alligator, a koala, a centipede, an octopus, and who knows what else — it must be Miss Mingo's class on the first day of school! Miss Mingo, herself a flashy flamingo, is eager to start off the year by inviting all creatures great and small to share something special about themselves. From the enormous Hippo to the teeny Ant, each member of her class is certainly unique. Do you have any idea how long Giraffe’s tongue is? Or how much water Pelican's pouch can hold? Visit Miss Mingo’s classroom for just one day and meet a delightfully diverse group of students — and discover a world full of wonderful facts!
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
AD510
Ages
4-7
Grades
PK-3
James Rumford

Rain School

Hardcover (2010-10-25) , 1 edition



Publisher
HMH Books for Young Readers
Series
AWARDS: Kentucky Bluegrass Awards 2012 Master List Grades K-2
ISBN
0547243073 / 9780547243078
Pages
32
Weight
14.1 oz.
Dimensions
11.0 x 0.3 in.

It is the first day of school in Chad, Africa. Children are filling the road.

"Will they give us a notebook?" Thomas asks.
"Will they give us a pencil?"
"Will I learn to read?"

But when he and the other children arrive at the schoolyard, they find no classroom, no desks. Just a teacher. "We will build our school," she says. "This is our first lesson."

James Rumford, who lived in Chad as a Peace Corps volunteer, fills these pages with vibrant ink-and-pastel colors of Africa and the spare words of a poet to show how important learning is in a country where only a few children are able to go to school.

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
580
Ages
4-8
Grades
1-2
Adam Rex, Christian Robinson

School's First Day of School

Hardcover (2016-06-28)



Publisher
Roaring Brook Press
ISBN
1596439645 / 9781596439641
Pages
40
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
9.4 x 0.5 in.

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.

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-7
Grades
1-2
Hyewon Yum

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!

Hardcover (2012-07-03)



Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN
0374350043 / 9780374350048
Pages
40
Weight
16.0 oz.
Dimensions
10.3 x 0.4 in.

It's a child's first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he'll meet--the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she'll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten. Utterly charming in its simplicity, Yum playfully uses size and color to reveal emotions of this milestone beginning.

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Adam Auerbach

Edda: A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School

Hardcover (2014-06-24)



Publisher
Henry Holt and Co
ISBN
0805097031 / 9780805097030
Pages
40
Weight
11.4 oz.
Dimensions
8.3 x 0.4 in.

Edda is a Valkyrie (an ancient Norse goddess who guides and protects heroes). She lives in a magical land called Asgard where she has everything she wants. Well . . . almost everything. Edda wants to find a friend her own age. Edda's wise papa knows of a place where she can make friends: a place on Earth called "school."

School is very different from Asgard. Edda's not sure if she likes it at first. But then she remembers that Valkyries are very brave. Even little Valkyries. Edda learns that being different is what makes her special and she begins to make new friends.



A Christy Ottaviano Book

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
3-6
Grades
PK-K
Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The King of Kindergarten

Hardcover (2019-07-02)



Publisher
Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN
1524740748 / 9781524740740
Pages
32
Weight
19.2 oz.
Dimensions
9.0 x 10.0 in.
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!

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone--and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He's dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can't wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements--and then wake up to start another day.
     Newbery Honor-winning author Derrick Barnes's empowering story will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton's illustrations exude joy.
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
450
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

Click, Clack, Quack to School!

Hardcover (2018-07-03)



Publisher
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Series
A Click Clack Book
ISBN
1534414495 / 9781534414495
Pages
40
Weight
14.2 oz.
Dimensions
7.8 x 0.4 in.
They can stand in line (sort of), use indoor voices (perhaps), and are capable of sharing (rumor has it), so the Click Clack critters are ready for school…but is school ready for them? A charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise!

Farmer Brown has been invited to be a guest at the elementary school’s Farm Day! The animals excitedly practice their best classroom behavior: standing quietly in line, using their inside voices, and learning how to share. But then they find out that farm animals aren’t actually allowed in school (who knew they were considered a health code violation?!). Rules are rules, so Farmer Brown goes to school solo—or so he thinks…for while our favorite barnyard bunch don’t get high marks in rules, they do excel in disguise.
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
380
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Herman Parish, Lynne Avril

Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School

Hardcover



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
Series
Amelia Bedelia
ISBN
0061544558 / 9780061544552
Pages
32
Weight
14.4 oz.
Dimensions
9.0 x 0.2 in.
None
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
580
Ages
7-9
Grades
2-4
Cathy Hapka, Ellen Titlebaum, Debbie Palen

How Not to Start Third Grade

Paperback (2007-07-10) , Step into Reading 4 edition



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN
0375839046 / 9780375839047
Pages
48
Weight
2.4 oz.
Dimensions
6.0 x 0.2 in.
Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same!Cathy Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum are the authors of many books for children. This is their second book about Will and Steve. They live in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, and New York City, respectively.Debbie Palen has illustrated many books for children, including How Not to Babysit Your Brother and the first four books in the Andrew Lost series. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
520
Ages
3-7
Grades
PK-2
Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears Go to School

Paperback (1978-07-12) , Deluxe ed. edition



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Series
First Time Books(R)
ISBN
0679815295 / 9780679815297
Pages
32
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.2 in.
This classic Berenstain Bears story is a perfect way to teach children about how much fun school can truly be!

Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. All the cubs in Bear Country are ready for the new school year . . . except for Sister Bear. She is about to start kindergarten, but can't stop worrying about what it will be like. Will her teacher be nice? Will she make friends? What will she do all day in class? Includes over 50 bonus stickers!
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
480
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-2
Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska

My Name Is Yoon

Hardcover (2003-04-03)



Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Series
Rise and Shine
ISBN
9780374351 / 9780374351144
Pages
32
Weight
13.6 oz.
Dimensions
10.2 x 0.4 in.

Getting to feel at home in a new country

Yoon's name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn't sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names – maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!

Helen Recorvits's spare and inspiring story about a little girl finding her place in a new country is given luminous pictures filled with surprising vistas and dreamscapes by Gabi Swiatkowska.

My Name Is Yoon is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
570
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum

Hardcover (1991-09-16) , 1st edition



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
ISBN
0688096999 / 9780688096991
Pages
32
Weight
11.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.4 in.

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. "You're named after a flower!" teases Victoria. "Let's smell her," says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

This popular picture book has sold more than a million copies and was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. "Perfectly executed in words and illustration, Chrysanthemum exemplifies Henkes's talent for creating true picture stories for young audiences."—The Horn Book

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
490
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus

Junie B., First Grader at Last!

Paperback (2002-08-20) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN
0375815163 / 9787940039949
Pages
96
Weight
2.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.2 x 0.2 in.
“Hilarious. Barbara Park makes reading fun.” —Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man
 
Barbara Park’s #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty-five years. Over 65 million copies sold!
 
Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! Hurray, hurray for a brand-new school year! Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here’s the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard, she can’t seem to see what everyone else is seeing! Is it possible she might actually end up wearing glasses?
 
USA Today:
“Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set.”
 
Publishers Weekly:
“Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.—and reading—are lots of fun.”
 
Kirkus Reviews:
“Junie’s swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world. . . . A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud.”
 
Time:
“Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty.”
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
AD980
Ages
5-8
Grades
K-3
Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López

The Day You Begin

Hardcover (2018-08-28)



Publisher
Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN
0399246533 / 9780399246531
Pages
32
Weight
19.2 oz.
Dimensions
9.4 x 0.4 in.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.


There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

(This book is also available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres!)
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
280
Ages
5-6
Grades
PK-K
Sue Ganz-Schmitt, Shane Prigmore

Planet Kindergarten

Hardcover (2014-05-20) , Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition



Publisher
Chronicle Books
ISBN
1452118930 / 9781452118932
Pages
40
Weight
16.0 oz.
Dimensions
10.5 x 0.5 in.
A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
AD550
Ages
3-7
Grades
PK-2
Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf

Sophie's Squash Go to School

Hardcover (2016-06-28)



Publisher
Schwartz & Wade
Series
Sophie's Squash
ISBN
0553509446 / 9780553509441
Pages
40
Weight
11.4 oz.
Dimensions
8.4 x 0.4 in.
This charming sequel to the beloved Sophie’s Squash is the perfect antidote to the back-to-school jitters. Sophie goes to school for the first time and has no interest in making friends that aren’t squash. Here’s a gently humorous read-aloud that proves that making friends, just like growing squash, takes time.
 
On Sophie’s first day of school, nobody appreciates her two best friends, Bonnie and Baxter, baby squash that she grew in her garden. Even worse, one classmate, Steven Green, won’t leave Sophie alone. He sits by her at circle time. He plays near her during recess. And he breathes on her while she paints. Steven just wants to be friends, but Sophie isn’t interested. Still, Sophie knows that her squash friends won’t last forever. Maybe it would be nice to have some human friends after all. . . .
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
560
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-3
Jane Schoenberg, Cambria Evans

The One and Only Stuey Lewis: Stories from the Second Grade

Hardcover (2011-07-05)



Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Series
Stuey Lewis (Book 1)
ISBN
0374372926 / 9780374372927
Pages
128
Weight
8.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.7 x 0.6 in.

So what if Stuey isn't the world's best reader, is only allowed to trick or treat around one block, doesn't get to play on his soccer dream team, and has to put up with the most annoying girl on the planet. Somehow Stuey always makes life work and when he puts his mind to it, he can survive anything―even second grade. This hilarious collection of linked short stories, interspersed with sprightly line drawings, marks an impressive chapter book debut.

Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
400
Ages
-
Grades
3-4
Marc Brown

Locked in the Library!: A Marc Brown Arthur Chapter Book 6

Hardcover (1998-06-01) , 1st edition



Publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series
Marc Brown Arthur Chapter Books (Book 6)
ISBN
0316115576 / 9780316115575
Pages
64
Weight
7.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.5 in.
Although Arthur and Francine aren't speaking to each other, they must find a way to set aside their differences when they are locked in the library after it closes.
Readu Level
M
Lexile Level
590
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney

Calendar Mysteries #9: September Sneakers

Paperback (2013-08-06)



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Series
Calendar Mysteries (Book 9)
ISBN
0375868879 / 9780375868870
Pages
80
Weight
2.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.2 x 0.2 in.
It's a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy! With the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries kids!

September is for Sneakers...

In the ninth book of the Calendar Mysteries- an early chapter-book mystery series- Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy have taken care of the first-grade class hamster, Goldi, for the summer. But on the first day of school, when they plan to bring her back, Goldi is missing! In place of her cage is a green-and-orange sneaker key chain. Soon, the kids spot green-and-orange sneakers all over Green Lawn. And they find out other things have been disappearing around town, too. Can the four friends track down the sneaker sneak and get Goldi back?
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
3-7
Grades
PK-2
Lisa Robinson, Eda Kaban

Pirates Don't Go to Kindergarten!

Hardcover (2019-08-01)



Publisher
Two Lions
ISBN
1542092752 / 9781542092753
Pages
32
Weight
27.2 oz.
Dimensions
8.5 x 1.0 in.

Yo, ho, ho! It’s a mutiny against kindergarten!

Pirate Emma is about to start kindergarten! But Emma’s not so sure she’s ready for a new captain and crew. Especially since Cap’n Chu—the roughest, toughest, awesomest preschool cap’n ever—is right down the hall. So Emma decides to head back to the preschool ship to see if she can stir up a mutiny against kindergarten! Is that what she really wants? Or does she just miss her beloved Cap’n Chu? Batten down the hatches, mateys, because the first day of school is going to be stormy!

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
-
Grades
-
Adir Levy, Ganit Levy, Mat Sadler

What Should Danny Do? School Day

Hardcover (2018-12-07) , First edition



Publisher
Elon Books
Series
The Power To Choose Series (Book 2)
ISBN
0692914374 / 9780692914373
Pages
72
Weight
19.2 oz.
Dimensions
11.2 x 8.5 in.
8 stories in 1! In this follow up to the #1 Amazon Best Seller, What Should Danny Do?, your children will get to decide how Danny's day at school will end! Children love being able to make all the choices and control the outcome of the book, while parents and teachers love the lessons the book teaches! Try to reach all 8 endings! #SchoolDay
Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
AD680
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Trudy Ludwig, Patrice Barton

The Invisible Boy

Hardcover (2013-10-08)



Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN
1582464502 / 9781582464503
Pages
40
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
8.4 x 0.3 in.

A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend...

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. 

Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading. 

Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
590
Ages
3-7
Grades
PK-2
Yangsook Choi

The Name Jar

Paperback (2003-10-14) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Dragonfly Books
ISBN
9780440417 / 9780440417996
Pages
40
Weight
4.8 oz.
Dimensions
8.6 x 0.1 in.
The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.
Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
600
Ages
7-10
Grades
2-5
Betsy Duffey, Janet Wilson

How to Be Cool in the Third Grade

Paperback (1999-07-01) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Puffin Books
Series
Puffin Chapters
ISBN
0141304669 / 9780141304663
Pages
80
Weight
2.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.1 x 0.2 in.
It's not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3)Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple!
Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
600
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-4
Kevin Henkes

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Hardcover (2006-01-24) , 1st edition



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
ISBN
0688128971 / 9780688128975
Pages
32
Weight
11.7 oz.
Dimensions
8.5 x 0.5 in.

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

Lilly, the star of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World, is back. And this time she has her name in the title - something she's wanted all along. If you thought Lilly was funny before, you are in for a treat. So hurry up and start reading. Lilly can't wait for you to find out more about her.

Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
690
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-2
Chieri Uegaki, Stephane Jorisch

Suki's Kimono

Hardcover (2003-09-01) , 1St Edition edition



Publisher
Kids Can Press
ISBN
1553370848 / 9781553370840
Pages
32
Weight
14.4 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.4 in.
Suki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother's visit last summer. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school -- no matter what anyone says. When it's Suki's turn to share with her classmates what she did during the summer, she tells them about the street festival she attended with her obachan and the circle dance that they took part in. In fact, she gets so carried away reminiscing that she's soon humming the music and dancing away, much to the delight of her entire class! Filled with gentle enthusiasm and a touch of whimsy, Suki's Kimono is the joyful story of a little girl whose spirit leads her to march -- and dance -- to her own drumbeat.
Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
540
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Harriet Muncaster

Isadora Moon Goes Camping

Hardcover (2017-08-15)



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Series
Isadora Moon (Book 2)
ISBN
039955825X / 9780399558252
Pages
128
Weight
9.9 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.5 in.
Fans of Vampirina and the Princess in Black series will love Isadora Moon: half-fairy, half-vampire, totally unique—and totally outdoorsy!

Camping is full of surprises when you're a vampire-fairy! When Isadora Moon and her family go on a camping trip to the beach, they’re just like everybody else. They roast marshmallows and build sand castles and sleep in a tent!

But in a magical family, anything can happen. And when Isadora goes on a nighttime adventure, she
makes an unusual friend under the sea. . . .

Sink your fangs into all of Isadora’s adventures!
Isadora Moon Goes to School
Isadora Moon Goes Camping
Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet
Isadora Moon Has a Birthday
Readu Level
N
Lexile Level
510
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Clyde Robert Bulla, Thomas B. Allen

The Chalk Box Kid

Paperback (1987-09-12) , 10th Anniversary ed. edition



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Series
A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
ISBN
9780394891 / 9780394891026
Pages
64
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.2 x 0.2 in.

A classroom favorite about the power of art and creativity.
 
A new neighborhood. A new school. A lonely birthday. Life isn’t easy for nine-year-old Gregory. Then he finds an abandoned chalk factory behind his house. It’s a secret place, just for him! Now he can draw anything he imagines on the dark brick walls. What amazing thing will Gregory draw first?
 
Two beloved classics—The Chalk Box Kid and The Paint Brush Kid—get a vibrant new look!

Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
AD730
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Robert Coles, George Ford

The Story Of Ruby Bridges

Hardcover (1995-02-01) , 1 edition



Publisher
Scholastic Press
ISBN
9780590572 / 9780590572811
Pages
32
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
9.0 x 0.5 in.
Capturing the courage of a little girl facing racism and hatred alone, the true story of Ruby Bridges reveals how she helped shape American history as the first African American child sent to first grade in a white school
Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
590
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Andrea Cheng, Abigail Halpin

The Year of the Book

Hardcover (2012-05-22)



Publisher
HMH Books for Young Readers
Series
An Anna Wang novel (Book 1)
ISBN
0547684630 / 9780547684635
Pages
160
Weight
8.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.0 x 0.7 in.
"The Year of the Book is a gentle exploration of friendship through the experiences of a fourth grade bookworm named Anna. Anna learns about friendship in her beloved stories, but it's real life situations that ultimately teach her how to find--and be--a good friend." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated.

When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot—constant companionship and insight into her changing world.

Books, however, can’t tell Anna how to find a true friend. She’ll have to discover that on her own. In the tradition of classics like Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books and Eleanor Estes’ One Hundred Dresses, this novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one.

Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
700
Ages
6-10
Grades
1-5
Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot

My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!

Paperback (2004-06-29)



Publisher
HarperCollins
Series
My Weird School (Book 1)
ISBN
0060507004 / 9780439700429
Pages
96
Weight
4.0 oz.
Dimensions
5.1 x 0.2 in.

With more than 11 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

In the first My Weird School book ever, second-grade teacher Miss Daisy is in over her head. She doesn't even know how to add or subtract! But the kids have other things on their minds. Principal Klutz has promised that if they read a million pages in books, they can turn the school into a video-game arcade for one whole night!

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s insanely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang.

 

Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
-
Ages
-
Grades
2-3
Jack Chabert, Sam Ricks

The School Is Alive!

Library Binding



Publisher
Spotlight
Series
Eerie Elementary (Book 1)
ISBN
1532142609 / 9781532142604
Pages
96
Weight
27.2 oz.
None
Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
630
Ages
7-10
Grades
3-4
Paula Danziger, Tony Ross

Amber Brown Goes Fourth

Paperback (1996-10-01)



Publisher
Scholastic Paperbacks
Series
Amber Brown
ISBN
0590934252 / 9780590934251
Pages
112
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.0 x 0.2 in.
Still struggling with her parent's divorce at the start of fourth grade, Amber Brown prepares for the new school year by planning to win a new best friend at any cost. Reprint.
Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
620
Ages
7-11
Grades
2-5
Laurie Friedman, Tamara Schmitz

Back to School, Mallory

Hardcover (2004-12-01)



Publisher
Darby Creek
Series
Mallory (Book 2)
ISBN
9781575056 / 9781575056586
Pages
176
Weight
8.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 1.0 in.

Summer is over and that can only mean one thing for eight-year-old Mallory McDonald (like the restaurant, but no relation)--she has to go back to school. But not just any school, a new school with all new kids in it. To make matters worse, her mom is going, too! She's the new music teacher, and Mallory can't think of anything that could possibly be worse--until her first day. She has to sit with Pamela, who always says the right thing and steals her ideas. Joey is so busy with his old friends that he has no time for her, and to top it off, she's picked to be an eggplant in the Fall Festival her mom is putting on. It's not fair! What can Mallory do? Should she give Pamela, and her new school, another chance?

Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
560
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School

Hardcover (2013-05-14) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Series
Junie B. Jones
ISBN
0449817830 / 9780449817834
Pages
144
Weight
14.1 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.6 in.
“Hilarious. Barbara Park makes reading fun.” —Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man
 
Barbara Park’s #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty-five years. Over 65 million copies sold!

Laugh-out-loud with the world's funniest kid in this write-in survival guide to elementary school, perfect for holiday, birthday, back to school, kindergarten and first grade graduation gifts!

Hello, school children! Hello!  It's me . . . Junie B., Jones! I have been going to school for over one and a half entire years now. And I have learned a jillion things that will help you survive at that place. And guess what? NOW I AM GOING TO PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO Y-O-U!!! I wrote it all down here in  Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School! Here is some of the stuff I wrote about: * Bus Rules * Teachers (and other bosses) * Carpools * How to Stay Out of Trouble (Possibly) * Homework * Funwork * Friends (Plus Children You May Not Actually Care For). And that is just the tip of the ice cube! 'Cause I drew all the pictures myself. Plus also, there are pages where Y-O-U can write and draw, too!  So open it up and get started. You will have fun, I think!

USA Today:
“Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set.”
 
Publishers Weekly:
“Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.—and reading—are lots of fun.” 
 
Kirkus Reviews:
“Junie’s swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world. . . . A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud.” 
 
Time:
“Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty.”
Readu Level
O
Lexile Level
570
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Carolyn Haywood

Back to School with Betsy

Paperback (2004-05-01) , 1-Simul edition



Publisher
HMH Books for Young Readers
Series
Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic
ISBN
9780152051 / 9780152051013
Pages
160
Weight
7.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.1 x 0.4 in.
Carolyn Haywood's stories about her irrepressible character Betsy have never been out of print, and now, thanks to dynamic new covers, the Betsy books will find their way onto the bookshelves of modern young readers--and into the hearts of a whole new generation.

Third grade begins with disappointment--Betsy's beloved teacher, Miss Grey, won't be teachng anymore. But the new year is packed with fun and surprises, including one great piece of news that Betsy declares is about "the wonderfullest thing that ever happened."
Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
480
Ages
7-10
Grades
2-5
Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty Camp Daze

Hardcover (2018-01-02)



Publisher
Roaring Brook Press
Series
Bad Kitty
ISBN
1626728852 / 9781626728851
Pages
160
Weight
10.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.7 x 0.7 in.

Kitty’s life is really hard. Like really, REALLY hard. All she asks for is twenty-two hours a day to sleep and food to be delivered morning and night. But does she get it? No. And when Puppy and Baby get a little rambunctious during her naptime, Kitty gets bonked on the head and starts to believe she’s . . . a dog.

This new dynamic freaks out Puppy, so he’s sent away to Uncle Murray’s Camp for Stressed-Out Dogs to relax with other canine campers.

But guess who sneaks along?

Still believing she’s a dog, Kitty fits right in. That is until she and Uncle Murray encounter a bear, and then the feline claws come out.

Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty Camp Daze is perfect for any kid with or without camping experience.

Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
390
Ages
7-10
Grades
2-5
Jerry Spinelli

Third Grade Angels

Hardcover



Publisher
Arthur A
ISBN
0545387728 / 9780545387729
Pages
112
Weight
11.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.8 in.
None
Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
870
Ages
6-9
Grades
1-4
Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin, Helena Estes

The Hundred Dresses

Hardcover (2004-09-01) , unknown edition



Publisher
HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN
0152051708 / 9780152051709
Pages
96
Weight
6.4 oz.
Dimensions
6.5 x 0.6 in.

Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda’s classmates, ultimately decides that she is "never going to stand by and say nothing again." This powerful, timeless story has been reissued with a new letter from the author’s daughter Helena Estes, and with the Caldecott artist Louis Slobodkin’s original artwork in beautifully restored color.

Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
AD610
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
David Shannon

A Bad Case Of Stripes

Hardcover (1998-03-01) , 1st Printing edition



Publisher
Blue Sky Press
ISBN
0590929976 / 9780590929974
Pages
32
Weight
17.6 oz.
Dimensions
9.5 x 0.5 in.
"What we have here is a bad case of stripes. One of the worst I've ever seen!"

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of stripes!
Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
520
Ages
6-10
Grades
1-5
Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot

My Weird School Special: Back to School, Weird Kids Rule!

Paperback (2014-06-24)



Publisher
HarperCollins
Series
My Weird School Special
ISBN
0062206850 / 9780062206855
Pages
144
Weight
1.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.1 x 0.3 in.

With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

Summer is almost over, and you know what that means—time to head back to school! But when a tropical storm ends A.J.'s vacation earlier than expected, he and his family have to stay at Andrea's house. Ugh, disgusting!

Soon after, everyone in the house starts getting cabin fever, and even back-to-school shopping won't calm the kids down. So, Andrea and A.J. are sent to Camp Ockatollyquay. The catch? It's a camp to get kids ready for school! But not to worry—Andrea and A.J. rally their Ella Mentry School friends to end their summer on a note they'll never forget.

Join A.J. and the gang from My Weird School in this special series of after-school, holiday-themed chapter books featuring hilarious stories and thirty-two pages of games, puzzles, and more. This is one weird back-to-school special you won't want to miss!

 

Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
530
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley, Julie Brincklo

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Paperback (2019-03-26)



Publisher
HarperCollins
Series
Wayside School
ISBN
9780380698 / 9780380698714
Pages
128
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
5.1 x 0.4 in.

Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Sideways Stories from Wayside School!

Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside School has some of the wackiest classes in town, especially on the thirtieth floor. That’s where you’ll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; Myron, the best class president, ever; and Sammy, the new kid—he’s a real rat.

More than nine millions readers have laughed at the wacky stories of Wayside School. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Wayside School!

Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
640
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Betty G. Birney

School Days According to Humphrey

Hardcover (2011-06-30)



Publisher
G
Series
Humphrey (Book 7)
ISBN
0399254137 / 9780399254130
Pages
160
Weight
10.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.8 x 0.8 in.
Humphrey is excited to get back to Room 26 and see all his old classmates. But on the first day of school, a bunch of strange kids arrive and no matter how loudly he squeaks up, they don't realize they're in the wrong room! Once Humphrey gets over the shock of being with a whole new group of students, he gets busy learning all about them and their problems. There's Rolling-Rosie, who can pop wheelies with her wheelchair, Tall-Paul and Small- Paul, who don't like to hear about their height, Hurry-Up-Harry, who loses track of time, and more.

He hasn't forgotten about his friends from last year, and of course they miss him a ton. But when they start talking about taking him from Mrs. Brisbane's room, Humphrey gets unsqueakably nervous. How could he say good-bye to Mrs. Brisbane and Og for good?

Nominated for twenty-one state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country.
Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
440
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Louis Sachar, Joel Schick

Wayside School Is Falling Down

Hardcover (1989-03-24) , 1st ed edition



Publisher
Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books
Series
Wayside School
ISBN
9780688078 / 9780688078683
Pages
179
Weight
6.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.7 in.

Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Wayside School Is Falling Down!

Yum! Miss Mush is dishing out her famous Mushroom Surprise in the Wayside School cafeteria. Ron says it tastes like hot dogs and grape jelly. Clean your plate and you’ll turn green in time for class picture day. Wear your craziest outfit and you’ll fit right in between Maurecia in her striped bikini and Clavin, who’s wearing his birthday tattoo. Say cheese!

More than nine millions readers have laughed at the wacky stories of Wayside School. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Wayside School!

Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
500
Ages
8-11
Grades
3-4
Louis Sachar

Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger

Library Binding (2003-09-02) , Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition



Publisher
Turtleback Books
Series
Wayside School
ISBN
0613866908 / 9780613866903
Pages
208
Weight
6.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.2 x 0.8 in.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. All the kids from Wayside School had to spend 243 days in horrible schools while Wayside was closed to get rid of the cows (Don't ask!). Now, the kids are back in this sequel.
Readu Level
Q
Lexile Level
640
Ages
8-12
Grades
3-7
Betty G. Birney

Friendship According to Humphrey

Paperback (2006-07-20) , Reprint edition



Publisher
Puffin Books
Series
Humphrey (Book 2)
ISBN
0142406333 / 9780142406335
Pages
176
Weight
4.8 oz.
Dimensions
5.1 x 0.5 in.
After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26-a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits (remember, he has a lock-that-doesn't-lock). Plus, the students are so interested in Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad-bad-sad feelings he's had since Og came, but luckily he still gets to have adventures with different kids on the weekends.  Friendship can be tricky, but Humphrey is an intrepid problem-solver. If any hamster can become buddies with a frog, he can.
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
600
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Lynne Rae Perkins

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

Hardcover (2016-06-14)



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
ISBN
0062373455 / 9780062373458
Pages
32
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
10.0 x 0.2 in.

Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Lynne Rae Perkins introduces a boy (Frank) and a dog (Lucky) in this celebratory, wry, and happily unconventional introduction to the subjects children encounter in school. This beautifully illustrated, humorous, and insightful picture book offers a new twist on the classic boy-and-his-dog story!

On a rainy day, Frank’s parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That’s how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on, they’re inseparable. As Frank and Lucky venture out into the world around them, they discover they both have a lot to learn. Exploring their neighborhood teaches them about biology: Lucky learns all about squirrels, deer, and—unfortunately for Frank—skunks. Sharing a bed teaches them about fractions—what happens when one dog takes up three-quarters of the bed, or even the whole thing? They even learn different languages: Frank makes a friend who speaks Spanish and Lucky tries to learn Duck! Who knew you could learn so much without ever setting foot inside a classroom?

Readu Level
P
Lexile Level
AD760
Ages
3-5
Grades
PK-K
Judy Schachner

Skippyjon Jones, Class Action

Hardcover (2011-07-12) , Rei/Com edition



Publisher
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Series
Skippyjon Jones
ISBN
9780525422 / 9780525422280
Pages
32
Weight
17.6 oz.
Dimensions
9.3 x 0.4 in.
Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It's where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy-once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-8
Grades
1-5
Jack White, Elinor Blake

We're Going to be Friends

Hardcover (2017-11-21)



Publisher
Third Man Books
ISBN
0996401695 / 9780996401692
Pages
32
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.2 in.
"Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs.” ― Entertainment Weekly

"We're Going to be Friends" is one of The White Stripes most enduring and loved songs. With the help of illustrator Elinor Blake, the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children's book. Join Suzy Lee as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend.

“Jack White has written a perfect story and Elino Blake's art is enchanting. It harkens back to 1940s Golden Books. Read it while listening to either Jack or Elinor sing the story. It’s a sonic/optic treat.” ― John Kricfalusi, creator The Ren and Stimpy Show

"It’s back to school! Walk with Suzy Lee and her new friend. In hues of red, black and white with nods to classic animation and mid-century picture books, Elinor Blake creates an enchanted vision for Jack White’s gentle story of new friendship.”―Nina Crews, author The Neighborhood Mother Goose.

In my favorite picture books text and art feel like they were conceived as one. This book has that quality. The text is the lyrics from the wonderful, now classic song "We're Going To Be Friends" by Jack White. In place of sound and music we have Elinor Blake's pictures. These images surprise and delight and have a genuine and rare timelessness, I can easily visualize this charming creation sitting snug between books by Robert McCloskey and Garth Williams on any bookshelf both past and present. ― Tony Fucile, animator The Lion King, Finding Nemo

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-8
Grades
K-2
Kristyn Crow, Molly Idle

Zombelina School Days

Hardcover (2017-06-06)



Publisher
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Series
Zombelina (Book 3)
ISBN
1619636417 / 9781619636415
Pages
40
Weight
14.9 oz.
Dimensions
8.8 x 0.4 in.

Zombelina loves to dance, and going to school is just as fun! She leaps on the bus and twirls down the aisle. In class she raises her hand high in the air, even if sometimes it falls under her chair.

When it's time for show-and-tell, Zombelina can't wait to share her hip-hop moves, but a new student named Morty has his own case of stage fright . . . something Zombelina knows how to fix. She has the perfect idea to make Morty feel welcome: a big rockin' dance party!

After all, friends who dance together, stay together!

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
500
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Roz Chast

Marco Goes to School

Hardcover (2012-07-10)



Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN
1416984755 / 9781416984757
Pages
32
Weight
19.2 oz.
Dimensions
11.0 x 0.4 in.
The irrepressibly inquisitive Marco is off to school in this picture book from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

Marco is the busiest bird, and it’s time he goes to school! There is so much to do at school, from lessons to lunch to building a block tower to the moon! But Marco soon learns that his plans for the day may be just a bit too ambitious. Luckily, school has one extra surprise for him—and that’s a new friend!
     In Marco’s latest wacky adventure, acclaimed cartoonist Roz Chast proves that it’s not getting to the moon that counts—it’s the friends we make along the way.