Back to School Books!

A collection of books to get your little ones ready for their journey!

If Animals Went to School (If Animals Kissed Good Night) By Ann Whitford Paul, David Walker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ann Whitford Paul, David Walker (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780374314743
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 11th, 2021

Don't miss the other books in this adorable series: If Animals Kissed Good Night, If Animals Said I Love You, If Animals Celebrated Christmas, and If Animals Gave Thanks!

What if animals did what YOU do? This sweet story describes what animals might do in the classroom!


This Is a School By John Schu, Veronica Miller Jamison (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204582
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Published: Candlewick - March 29th, 2022

A moving celebration of school and all it may signify: work and play, creativity and trust, and a supportive community that extends beyond walls


School Is Wherever I Am By Ellie Peterson, Ellie Peterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ellie Peterson, Ellie Peterson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250845245
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 3rd, 2022

From Ellie Peterson, the author-illustrator of How to Hug A Pufferfish comes a timely new picture book about learning, exploration, and the ever-expanding definition of school.

Is school only one place?

Are there other classrooms?
Different teachers?
New Lessons?


Little Pea's Drawing School By Davide Cali, Sébastien Mourrain (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Sébastien Mourrain (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781990252075
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Published: Milky Way Picture Books - May 17th, 2022

Little Pea is now an accomplished artist. One day, a friend encourages him to open a drawing school and help others tap into their creativity — what a marvelous idea!


The Queen of Kindergarten By Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593111420
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 24th, 2022

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.


The World Needs More Purple Schools (My Purple World) By Kristen Bell, Benjamin Hart, Daniel Wiseman (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593434901
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 21st, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.


Tomatoes in My Lunchbox By Costantia Manoli, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Costantia Manoli, Magdalena Mora (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250763129
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 21st, 2022

A moving picture book from a debut author about the first day of school, layered with themes about the immigrant experience and the universal experience of feeling out of place.


Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School! By Carrie Finison, Erub Kraan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Carrie Finison, Erub Kraan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593305669
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Published: Random House Studio - July 19th, 2022

It's the first day of school and Little Tortoise is worried. Can she get there on time?

It's the first day of school and Little Tortoise is ready with a backpack filled with new school supplies. Little Tortoise can't wait to get to school and tries very hard not to be the last student there.
 
But soon Cheetah, Llama, and even a snail on a scooter, overtake her.


Mae's First Day of School By Kate Berube Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9781419752421
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2022

From the author-illustrator of Hannah and Sugar comes a back-to-school tale about facing your fears, now in paperback with bonus tear-out lunchbox notes

As Mae's first day of school approaches, she decides she IS. NOT. GOING.

School is scary! What if the other kids don't like her?


Llama Llama Misses Mama By Anna Dewdney Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593116715
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

Strange new teacher.
Strange new toys.
Lots of kids and lots of noise!

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


1, 2, 3, Off to School! By Marianne Dubuc, Marianne Dubuc (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marianne Dubuc, Marianne Dubuc (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781525306563
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Published: Kids Can Press - May 4th, 2021

In this playful take on school readiness by award-winning author-illustrator Marianne Dubuc, a child visits their friends' schools and discovers how many wonderful things kindergarteners do in a day!

Pom is ready for the first day of kindergarten. Not the real first day, that's not for another year.


The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble at School (First Time Books(R)) By Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780394873367
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1987

Get ready to go back to school with the Berenstain Bears! This story is a perfect way to teach children about responsibility and the importance of doing your schoolwork--with over 50 bonus stickers that make a great reward for tests and homework!


Bunny Braves the Day: A First-Day-of-School Story By Suzanne Bloom Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684378128
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Published: Astra Young Readers - March 18th, 2020

When a little bunny is nervous about starting school, his big sister hops right in to help him tackle his first-day jitters.


I Got the School Spirit By Connie Schofield-Morrison, Frank Morrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547602612
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - July 7th, 2020

This exuberant celebration of the first day of school illustrated by award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison will have every kid cheering for school to begin!


The King of Kindergarten By Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740740
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 2nd, 2019

A New York Times bestseller!

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!


The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series) By Audrey Penn Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781939100429
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Published: Tanglewood - August 4th, 2020

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.


Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come By Nancy Carlson Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140568387
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Published: Puffin Books - July 9th, 2001

The first day of kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can't wait to paint pictures, sing songs, and practice counting. When he gets to school, though, he's not so sure he's ready for kindergarten. But before long Henry discovers that the only thing he's not ready for is how much fun he's going to have at school!


Milk Goes to School By Terry Border (Illustrator), Terry Border Cover Image
By Terry Border (Illustrator), Terry Border
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399176197
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Published: Philomel Books - June 28th, 2016

From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake and Happy Birthday, Cupcake! comes THE back-to-school must-have picture book of the year!


The Name Jar By Yangsook Choi, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Yangsook Choi, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440417996
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Published: Dragonfly Books - October 14th, 2003

A heartwarming story about the new girl in school, and how she learns to appreciate her Korean name.


Our Class is a Family By Sandie Sonke (Illustrator), Shannon Olsen Cover Image
By Sandie Sonke (Illustrator), Shannon Olsen
$10.99
ISBN: 9780578629094
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Published: Shannon Olsen - May 5th, 2020

Teachers do so much more than just teach academics. They build a sense of community within their classrooms, creating a home away from home where they make their students feel safe, included, and loved.


The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! By Mo Willems Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368046459
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - July 2nd, 2019

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!


Spot Goes to School (color) By Eric Hill, Eric Hill (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eric Hill, Eric Hill (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142401675
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Published: Warne - July 22nd, 2004

Celebrate summer with Spot and his friends in these brand-new lift-the-flap editions! Kids can still lift the flaps and learn with Spot, but now their favorite puppy will be featured in a colorful new design. For the first time since their publication, these three lift-the-flaps will have full-color covers and spines that display the titles and author's name.


Time for School, Little Blue Truck: A Back to School Book for Kids By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358412243
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Published: Clarion Books - June 22nd, 2021

Ride along to school with the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Blue Truck and meet Blue's new friend: a bright yellow school bus. Beep-beep!


We Don't Eat Our Classmates: A Penelope Rex Book By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003551
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 19th, 2018

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.


Your Name Is a Song By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Luisa Uribe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781943147724
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Published: Innovation Press - July 7th, 2020

Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city.


All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The perfect back-to-school read for every kid, family and classroom!

In our classroom safe and sound.
Fears are lost and hope is found.


Buddy and Earl Go to School By Maureen Fergus, Carey Sookocheff (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maureen Fergus, Carey Sookocheff (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781554989270
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 1st, 2017

Buddy and Earl know that with the right education they can become anything -- even a dentist or a hot-dog vendor So they eagerly gather their silly, smelly supplies and head to school.


Chrysanthemum: A First Day of School Book for Kids By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062983374
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 12th, 2020

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round. 


David Goes to School (David Books [Shannon]) By David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338744897
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 4th, 2021

Discover the hilarious schooltime companion to the beloved, bestselling, and Caldecott Honor-winning classic, No, David! -- now in paperback for the first time!

David's teacher has her hands full. From running in the halls to chewing gum in class, David's high-energy antics fill each schoolday with trouble -- and are sure to bring a smile to even the best-behaved reader.


The Day You Begin By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!


Dear Teacher,: A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us By Paris Rosenthal, Holly Hatam (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paris Rosenthal, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063012745
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Published: HarperCollins - March 16th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!


First Day Critter Jitters By Jory John, Liz Climo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jory John, Liz Climo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735228559
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Published: Dial Books - July 7th, 2020

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


Henry at Home By Megan Maynor, Alea Marley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Megan Maynor, Alea Marley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328916754
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Published: Clarion Books - July 27th, 2021

The love between a brother and sister shines through in this reassuring picture book about a common childhood transition—an older sibling starting school and leaving the younger one behind.


If I Built a School (If I Built Series) By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552918
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - August 13th, 2019

In this exuberant companion to If I Built a Car, a boy fantasizes about his dream school--from classroom to cafeteria to library to playground.


My school will amaze you. My school will astound.
By far the most fabulous school to be found!
Perfectly planned and impeccably clean.
On a scale, 1 to 10, it's more like 15!


If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! (Magnolia Says DON'T! #1) By Elise Parsley Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316376570
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2015

The first hilarious story in the New York Times bestselling Magnolia Says DON'T! series about a charismatic kid who's got a terrific knack for terrible ideas!


Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes: A Back to School Book for Kids By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061910241
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Published: HarperCollins - July 26th, 2011

Time to head back to school with this bestselling groovy Pete the Cat book!

Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school.

And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song...because it’s all good.


The School Book By Todd Parr Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316423809
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 16th, 2019

Beloved and New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr uses his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity to introduce readers to all the wonderful things they can do at school, where everyone is welcome!


School's First Day of School By Adam Rex, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439641
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 28th, 2016

A New York Times bestselling author (The True Meaning of Smekday) and illustrator (Last Stop on Market Street) team bring you a fresh look at the first day of school, this time from the school's perspective.


School Is Cool! (A Hello!Lucky Book) By Hello!Lucky, Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419751103
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - July 13th, 2021

In the latest picture book from Hello!Lucky, a cheerful narrator guides a class of nervous critters through their very first day of school

What you learn in school will last all year!


Sounds Like School Spirit By Meg Fleming, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meg Fleming, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108321
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Published: Dial Books - July 20th, 2021

The ultimate back-to-school ode, this interactive, cheer-filled picture book joyfully celebrates the community we build at school


Wemberly Worried By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061857768
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 27th, 2010

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.


School Day! (Step into Reading) By Candice Ransom, Ashley Evans (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Candice Ransom, Ashley Evans (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780593302606
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 21st, 2022

It's time for school in this Step 1 reader featuring the family from Pumpkin Day!, Apple Picking Day!, Garden Day, Snow Day, and Beach Day!