Back to School

By Portia Turner | July 20 2021 | blogChildren's

Kids across the country are heading back to the classroom this school year. Many families are more than ready to go back. Just as many feel uneasy, worried about the pandemic’s effect on their children’s social development, emotional well-being, and education.

In this still unprecedented environment, families are clearly seeking solutions to support the health, safety, learning, and socio-emotional needs of their children. With that in mind, our back to school content this year not only aims to get kids excited for the new school year but also to support families no matter how they may be feeling about heading back to the classroom. Whether you’re looking for tips to help ease separation anxiety, workbooks to supplement learning, or empathetic reads for anxious tweens and teens, we have everything you need to start the 2021-2022 school year off strong.

For more children’s book recommendations, make sure to check out our friends over at Brightly!

How to Be Kind in Kindergarten
A Book for Your Backpack
978-0-593-22694-0
From the best-selling author of the hugely popular Kindergarten, Here I Come!, here's a guidebook in verse that shows children how to be kind in the new and exciting world of kindergarten.
$8.99 US
Jun 29, 2021
5-3/4 x 5-1/2
Hardcover
32 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 3-5 years
Up to Kindergarten

Hello Preschool!
978-0-593-32410-3
The perfect introduction to the joy of preschool, featuring a diverse teacher and classroom (originally published in hardcover as Hello School!)
$7.99 US
May 04, 2021
6 x 5
Board Book
32 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books
Age 1-3 years
Up to Preschool

First Day Critter Jitters
978-0-7352-2855-9
First-day-of-school jitters have never been funnier or more reassuring than in this picture book by the New York Times bestselling author Jory John and critically acclaimed illustrator Liz Climo
$17.99 US
Jul 07, 2020
9-1/2 x 9-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Dial Books
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

This Is How We Make Friends
For kids going to preschool
DK
978-0-7440-3948-1
Learn all the super-important skills you need to learn about making friends with this new series of books all about preparing little ones for school.
$6.99 US
Sep 14, 2021
7-1/16 x 7-1/16
Board Book
16 Pages
DK Children
Age 0-3 years
Up to Preschool

Mitsy the Oven Mitt Goes to School
A Story About Being Brave
978-1-948703-76-5
Mitsy, a remarkable oven mitt and co-host of acclaimed America's Test Kitchen Kids podcast, Mystery Recipe, is going to culinary school. She encounters and overcomes relatable challenges, encouraging children reading to do the same. It includes a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and an audio cookalong with Mitsy.
$17.99 US
Aug 03, 2021
10-1/4 x 10-1/4
Hardcover
32 Pages
America's Test Kitchen Kids
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Peter's School Day
A Peter Rabbit Tale
978-0-241-47017-6
Get ready for the first day of school with Peter Rabbit!
$7.99 US
Jun 29, 2021
7-1/2 x 6-1/4
Board Book
16 Pages
Warne
Age 1-3 years
Up to Preschool

First Day of School Mad Libs
978-0-593-22587-5
Zip up your ADJECTIVE backpack and grab your No. NUMBER pencil, because it's time to head back to school with Mad Libs!
$4.99 US
Jun 22, 2021
5-1/4 x 8-3/8
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Super Milly and the Super School Day
978-1-5362-1726-1
It's Superhero Day at school, and Milly can’t wait to wow everyone with her costume and amazing powers! The only problem is she can’t actually fly, climb buildings, or create force fields. But when Superhero Day doesn’t go to plan, Milly realizes she only needs her superkindness to save the day!
$16.99 US
Jun 15, 2021
9-13/16 x 10-5/8
Hardcover
32 Pages
Nosy Crow
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

School is Fun Sticker Book (Peppa Pig)
978-0-593-30278-1
Peppa Pig stars in a school-themed deluxe full-color activity book--featuring more than 500 stickers!
$9.99 US
Jun 01, 2021
7-7/8 x 10-7/8
Paperback
32 Pages
Golden Books
Age 3-7 years
Preschool - 2

Amira's Picture Day
978-0-8234-4019-1
Ramadan has come to an end, and Amira can't wait to stay home from school to celebrate Eid. There's just one hiccup: it's also school picture day. How can Amira be in two places at once?
$17.99 US
Apr 13, 2021
10 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Holiday House
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3