Perfect Books for Heading Back to School!

By Caroline O'Connor | August 18 2022 | General

Going back to school is an exciting and busy time but it can also be nerve-wracking and stressful for some kids. The below books address all the emotions a child might be feeling about returning in the fall and help them feel ready to jump back in.

 


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All Are Welcome
978-0-525-57964-9
Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated.
$17.99 US
Jul 10, 2018
10 x 10
Hardcover
44 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Todo el mundo cabe aquí
978-0-593-48775-4
A Spanish edition of ALL ARE WELCOME! Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. 
$17.99 US
Jun 21, 2022
10 x 10
Hardcover
44 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Thank You, Teacher from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
978-0-593-22618-6
Show your teachers how much you appreciate them in this colorful book of thanks featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
$9.99 US
Apr 06, 2021
5-1/2 x 6-3/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
World of Eric Carle
Age 3-6 years

How to Spot a Best Friend
978-0-593-17927-7
Do you know how to find a best friend? Find out in this wonderful celebration of kindness and friendship!
$18.99 US
Jun 22, 2021
10 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Rodale Kids
Age 3-7 years

The King of Kindergarten
978-1-5247-4074-0
A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown.
$17.99 US
Jul 02, 2019
9 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books
Age 3-6 years

The Queen of Kindergarten
978-0-593-11142-0
A confident little Black girl has a fantastic first day of school in this companion to the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten.
$17.99 US
May 24, 2022
9 x 10
Hardcover
Nancy Paulsen Books
Age 3-5 years

The Reading Adventure
100 Books to Check Out Before You're 12
978-0-7440-5788-1
Discover your next read with this carefully curated list from We Need Diverse Books.
$19.99 US
Oct 18, 2022
8-1/2 x 10-7/8
Hardcover
128 Pages
DK Children
Age 8-12 years

You Can!: Kids Empowering Kids
978-1-5362-2543-3
Young people share valuable advice—words they wish they had heard growing up—to inspire, reassure, encourage, and say You’re enough, just as you are.You can . . . be brave, challenge yourself, overcome your fears, be kind, be YOU! Come on an amazing journey with fourteen young people as they grow from birth to eighteen, learning new skills, exploring new worlds, standing up for their own and others’ rights, and following their dreams. Created in consultation with real young adults, Alexandra Strick’s groundbreaking narrative will inspire and empower young people of all ages and abilities to believe in themselves and follow their own path, especially during tough times. Complemented by Steve Antony’s exuberant and inclusive artwork, which introduces fourteen comparable fictional characters and tracks their growth page by page, You Can! is a timely and meaningful gift for graduates or any reader marking significant milestones.
$18.99 US
Oct 11, 2022
10-1/4 x 10-7/16
Hardcover
40 Pages
Candlewick
Age 4-8 years

Jonny Lambert's Bear and Bird: Make Friends
Even Bears Get Nervous Before Starting School
978-0-7440-5675-4
A delightful picture book for little ones, that follows Bear and Bird and shows children that school is nothing to fear.
$12.99 US
Sep 13, 2022
8-1/4 x 8-1/4
Board Book
24 Pages
DK Children
Age 3-5 years

Picture Day Jitters
978-1-62354-157-6
In this installment of the best-selling, classroom classic Jitters series, it's not the first day, but it is picture day, and Mrs. Hartwell wants her students looking their best.
$17.99 US
Sep 13, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Charlesbridge
Age 5-8 years

The Big Worry Day
978-0-593-46563-9
A girl and her dog find ways to deal with her anxiety in this beautiful debut picture book
$17.99 US
Aug 23, 2022
8-1/2 x 10
Hardcover
32 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Lunch from Home
978-0-593-38445-9
What happens when a child’s favorite packed lunch is met with disparaging comments at the school lunch table?
$17.99 US
Aug 30, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Rise x Penguin Workshop
Age 3-6 years

The Name Jar
978-0-375-80613-1
A heartwarming story about the new girl in school, and how she learns to appreciate her Korean name. 
$17.99 US
Jul 19, 2022
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years

Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School!
978-0-593-30566-9
It's the first day of school and Little Tortoise is worried. Can she get there on time?
$17.99 US
Jul 19, 2022
10 x 9
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 3-7 years

That's Not My Name!
978-0-593-40517-8
A debut picture book about loving your name, finding your voice, and standing up for yourself from the critically acclaimed illustrator of Bilal Cooks Daal and I Am Perfectly Designed.
$17.99 US
Jul 12, 2022
10 x 8-3/4
Hardcover
40 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 3-5 years

The Monster on the Bus
978-1-9848-3551-2
"Now I know why Mom made me ride my bike to school. I missed so much!" —Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"Josh Lieb continues to put out hilarious children's books that make up for his conspicuous lack of hilarious children's existential one act plays. Get on that, Lieb!!" —Jon Stewart, host of The Problem with Jon Stewart A spooky and hilarious spin on a classic children’s song, from the author of Chapter Two is Missing and the illustrator of The Panda Problem
$18.99 US
Jul 05, 2022
10-1/2 x 8-1/2
Hardcover
48 Pages
Razorbill
Age 4-8 years

Brave Every Day
978-0-593-30637-6
From social-emotional learning expert Trudy Ludwig and award-winning picture book illustrator Patrice Barton (co-creators of The Invisible Boy) comes a story about managing anxiety and finding the courage to stand up for yourself and others.
$18.99 US
Jun 28, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective
978-0-593-35144-4
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller!Award-winning actress Elizabeth Olsen and esteemed musician Robbie Arnett have created a fresh approach to wellness in a new series that shows children ways to manage anxiety. A perfect back-to-school read!
$17.99 US
Jun 28, 2022
9 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

Is This Your Class Pet?
978-0-593-43216-7
An adorable letter writing dog helps a class pet on the loose get back to its classroom in this companion to the New York Times bestseller Can I Be Your Dog?, and I Found a Kitty!
$17.99 US
Jun 28, 2022
10 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years

KINDergarten
Where Kindness Matters Every Day
978-0-593-48462-3
Written by kindergarten teacher and Instagram influencer affectionately known as the Tutu Teacher, comes a picture book about a class that creates a kindness pledge to ensure that their class is the kindest it can possibly be.
$17.99 US
Jun 21, 2022
11 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 4-8 years

The Dinos on the Bus
978-0-241-53761-9
Roar, stomp, and clap along to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus" with a group of playful dinosaurs as they go on their first bus journey!
$12.99 US
Jun 14, 2022
11-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
32 Pages
Ladybird
Age 4-6 years

The World Needs More Purple Schools
978-0-593-43490-1
It's back to school with Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart! Learn how to paint your school purple with this follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller The World Needs More Purple People.
$18.99 US
Jun 21, 2022
10 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
Age 3-7 years