Back-to-School (1st) (18 Books)

Back to school season is right there! What if I am scared of leaving home? What if I am scared of meeting new classmates? What if I am scared of a new teacher? Reading Level: F-I
Readu Level
F
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Tish Rabe, Laura Hughes

On the First Day of Kindergarten

Hardcover (2016-06-21)



Publisher
HarperCollins
ISBN
0062348345 / 9780062348340
Pages
32
Weight
11.4 oz.
Dimensions
9.3 x 0.3 in.

Perfect for nervous/excited kids about to go to kindergarten (and their parents!). This engaging adaptation of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” convinces parents and children alike that there is no place cooler than a kindergarten classroom.

On the first day of kindergarten, there’s so much to do! From making new friends to jumping rope in gym to riding the bus to school, there are lots of exciting firsts to look forward to.

Even though saying good-bye to Mom and Dad is hard, when the school bus pulls up, it’s time to begin kindergarten fun.

Tish Rabe is a seasoned children’s book author with over 160 titles, including ones for Sesame Street and Curious George, under her belt. Like Natasha Wing with The Night Before Christmas, Rabe puts a novel spin on a first-day-of-school classic with On the First Day of Kindergarten.

And don't miss the follow-up: On the First Day of First Grade!

Readu Level
F
Lexile Level
160
Ages
4-8
Grades
-
Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories

Biscuit Goes to School

Hardcover (2002-07-23)



Publisher
HarperCollins
Series
My First I Can Read
ISBN
9780060286 / 9780060286828
Pages
32
Weight
25.6 oz.
Dimensions
6.0 x 0.3 in.

Go back to school with Biscuit and share the love of reading with your beginner reader!

Biscuit can't wait to go to school! Even though no dogs are allowed, he is determined to see and do everything that takes place at school. But what will happen when the teacher discovers a puppy in his classroom?

I Can Read books are widely recognised as the premier line of beginner readers. Inaugurated in 1957 with Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, the series has grown to over 200 titles, which include mysteries, adventure stories, poetry, historical fiction, and humour. Featuring award-winning authors and illustrators, and a fabulous cast of classic characters, I Can Read books introduce children to the joy of reading independently.

Readu Level
G
Lexile Level
AD440
Ages
3-6
Grades
PK-1
Margery Cuyler, Bob Kolar

The Little School Bus

Hardcover (2014-06-24)



Publisher
Henry Holt and Co
Series
Little Vehicles (Book 2)
ISBN
9780805094 / 9780805094350
Pages
32
Weight
14.9 oz.
Dimensions
9.1 x 0.4 in.

Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it's off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day's work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

Christy Ottaviano Books

Readu Level
G
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-1
Philemon Sturges, Shari Halpern

I Love School!

Hardcover (2004-06-29)



Publisher
HarperCollins
ISBN
006009284X / 9780060092849
Pages
32
Weight
12.8 oz.
Dimensions
10.0 x 0.3 in.

What's your favorite part of the school day?

Come along to a warm, friendly world of reading and writing, singing and painting, and all-around fun that will make you want to yell, "I love school!"

Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
AD330
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Boni Ashburn, Kimberly Gee

The Class

Hardcover (2016-07-05)



Publisher
Beach Lane Books
ISBN
1442422483 / 9781442422483
Pages
40
Weight
17.6 oz.
Dimensions
9.0 x 0.2 in.
Count along with twenty young students from nineteen different homes as they get ready for their first day of kindergarten.

Alarm clocks go off and students all over town wake up and get ready for their big day. Some feel eager, others are nervous, and a few are even grumpy! But they all get dressed, eat breakfast, pack backpacks, and make their way to school, where they will meet their new teacher and become a wonderful new class. Boni Ashburn’s snappy rhyming text and Kimberly Gee’s adorable and diverse group of children make this a great pick for little ones getting ready for their first day of school.
Readu Level
G
Lexile Level
210
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
James Dean, Kimberly Dean

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School

Paperback (2014-02-25)



Publisher
HarperCollins
Series
My First I Can Read
ISBN
9780062110 / 9780062110756
Pages
32
Weight
2.4 oz.
Dimensions
6.0 x 0.1 in.

From New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean, Pete the Cat can't decide what to wear to school in Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School. With so many groovy options to choose from, Pete finds the perfect way to show off his creativity.

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School is a My First I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for shared reading with a child.

Readu Level
J
Lexile Level
AD480
Ages
4-7
Grades
PK-2
Lisa Mccourt, Cyd Moore

Scholastic Reader Level 1: Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?

Paperback (2010-07-01)



Publisher
Cartwheel Books
Series
Scholastic Reader Level 1
ISBN
9780545115 / 9780545115186
Pages
32
Weight
3.2 oz.
Dimensions
6.0 x 0.2 in.
Stinky Face is full of "What ifs" as he gets ready for kindergarten!

It's time to go to kindergarten, but Stinky Face has a question . . .

"But, Mama, what if the sink in my classroom pours grape juice instead of water?"

As the situations grow stranger, Stinky Face's mama always has just the right answer to make him feel better.

With Lisa McCourt's zany ideas and Cyd Moore's motion-filled illustrations, this reader is sure to make every worried kindergartner-to-be a little less nervous.
Readu Level
H
Lexile Level
-
Ages
3-6
Grades
PK-1
Salina Yoon

Bear's Big Day

Hardcover (2016-06-21)



Publisher
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN
080273832X / 9780802738325
Pages
40
Weight
16.0 oz.
Dimensions
9.2 x 0.4 in.

Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon's beloved duo Bear and Floppy head to school in Bear's Big Day--a charming picture book about embracing new experiences.

It's Bear's very first day of school! He wants to be grown up, so he leaves his stuffed bunny Floppy at home along with all his familiar things. But being away from his best friend is hard--and the first day doesn't turn out quite how like Bear wanted it to. Bear learns that the first day of school might not always be perfect, and being grown up doesn't have to mean giving up the things he loves.

This third book in the Bear and Floppy series from beloved, bestselling author-illustrator Salina Yoon tackles big themes like starting school and being independent, even in scary new situations.

Don't miss these other books from Salina Yoon!

The Bear series
Found
Stormy Night
Bear's Big Day

The Penguin series
Penguin and Pinecone
Penguin on Vacation
Penguin in Love
Penguin and Pumpkin
Penguin's Big Adventure
Penguin's Christmas Wish

The Duck, Duck, Porcupine series
Duck, Duck, Porcupine
My Kite is Stuck! And Other Stories
That's My Book! And Other Stories

Be a Friend

Readu Level
H
Lexile Level
-
Ages
2-5
Grades
PK+
Keith Baker

1-2-3 Peas

Board book (2014-05-06) , Brdbk edition



Publisher
Little Simon
Series
The Peas Series
ISBN
1442499281 / 9781442499287
Pages
36
Weight
10.4 oz.
Dimensions
5.5 x 0.9 in.
From 1 to 100, every number is a roly, poly thrill in this Classic Board Book edition of 1-2-3 Peas!

Meet the peas—the 1-2-3 Peas! Come along as they count from one to one hundred in this pea-filled board book that’s packed with bright, bold numbers and playful number-themed scenes. These tiny green mathematicians will have young readers everywhere calling for more peas, please!
Readu Level
H
Lexile Level
AD380
Ages
3-5
Grades
-
Bill Martin, Michael Sampson, Laura J. Bryant

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going To School?

Hardcover (2013-08-06)



Publisher
Two Lions
ISBN
1477817220 / 9781477817223
Pages
1
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
9.8 x 0.5 in.
On the first day of school, Kitty Cat discovers that there are lots of things to enjoy. She plays, she enjoys a snack, she paints, she sings, she listens to a story, and she shares something special during Show-and-Tell. The day ends with a big hug from her mom. Children will love Laura J. Bryant’s appealing illustrations that bring Kitty Cat to life, along with the other adorable kittens at the school.
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
5-6
Grades
PK-K
Mo Willems

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

Hardcover (2019-07-02)



Publisher
Hyperion Books for Children
Series
Pigeon
ISBN
1368046452 / 9781368046459
Pages
40
Weight
27.2 oz.
Dimensions
1.1 x 1.1 in.
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!
Readu Level
I
Lexile Level
AD380
Ages
3-5
Grades
PK-K
Meredith Rusu, Eone

First Day of School

Paperback (2016-06-28)



Publisher
Scholastic Inc
Series
Peppa Pig
ISBN
9780545925 / 9780545925471
Pages
32
Weight
2.4 oz.
Dimensions
6.2 x 0.2 in.
There's a new student in Peppa's class! Her name is Emily Elephant. At first, Emily is very shy and quiet. Peppa helps her adjust to school and make new friends as they learn, play games, and of course, jump in muddy puddles!
Readu Level
I
Lexile Level
-
Ages
3-8
Grades
PK-3
Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, Nancy M. Leak

The Kissing Hand

Hardcover (1993-10-15) , Stk edition



Publisher
Tanglewood
Series
The Kissing Hand Series
ISBN
9781933718 / 9781933718002
Pages
32
Weight
12.0 oz.
Dimensions
8.5 x 0.3 in.
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. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.
Readu Level
I
Lexile Level
480
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex

Chu's First Day of School

Hardcover (2014-06-24)



Publisher
HarperCollins
ISBN
0062223976 / 9780062223975
Pages
32
Weight
12.6 oz.
Dimensions
8.5 x 0.2 in.

A picture book school story featuring the New York Times bestselling panda named Chu from Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and acclaimed illustrator Adam Rex!

Chu, the adorable panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off for his first day of school, and he's nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school? And will Chu do what he does best?

Chu's First Day of School is a perfect read-aloud story about the universal experience of starting school.

Readu Level
I
Lexile Level
-
Ages
5-6
Grades
PK-K
Bob Shea

Dinosaur vs. School

Hardcover (2014-06-17)



Publisher
Disney-Hyperion
Series
A Dinosaur vs. Book
ISBN
1423160878 / 9781423160878
Pages
40
Weight
13.4 oz.
Dimensions
9.0 x 0.5 in.
Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What's not to like? But then, oh, no! It's Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!
Readu Level
-
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Louise Borden, Joan Rankin

Off to First Grade

Hardcover (2008-07-01)



Publisher
Margaret K
ISBN
9780689873 / 9780689873959
Pages
40
Weight
25.6 oz.
Dimensions
9.0 x 0.4 in.
It's the first day of first grade, and everyone in Mrs. Miller's class is getting ready! Anna is excited about reading zillions of books, Ben's mom gives him a big off-to-first-grade hug, and Claire poses for a first-day picture. In Off to First Grade we hear from all twenty-three of Mrs. Miller's students - from Anna to Yoshi - and even the school principal, Mr. Zimmerman, as they prepare for a day that promises to be filled with fun, learning and laughs.

Every young reader will find someone to identify with as this class deals with the excitement, nerves and feelings of anticipation that go along with the first day of first grade.
Readu Level
L
Lexile Level
-
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Sam Garton

Otter Goes to School

Hardcover (2016-06-14)



Publisher
Balzer
Series
I Am Otter
ISBN
0062352253 / 9780062352255
Pages
32
Weight
15.2 oz.
Dimensions
9.0 x 0.2 in.

Otter—the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter, Otter in Space, and Otter Loves Halloween!, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—goes to school for the first time!

In Otter Goes to School, Otter starts her own school for Teddy, Giraffe, and the rest of her friends. They have a great teacher and do lots of fun things together . . . until Teddy says he doesn’t like school anymore. Luckily, Otter Keeper comes to the rescue and teaches everyone the best lesson of all!

Readu Level
K
Lexile Level
510
Ages
4-8
Grades
PK-3
Kevin Henkes

Owen

Hardcover (1993-09-15) , 1st edition



Publisher
Greenwillow Books
Series
Caldecott Honor Book
ISBN
0439686180 / 9780688114497
Pages
32
Weight
22.4 oz.
Dimensions
8.0 x 0.2 in.

Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. "Fuzzy goes where I go," said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen't mother knew just what to do, and everyone -- Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers -- was happy.