Back to School

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It’s that time of year! Check out some of our children’s books centered around how different characters face the excitement & challenges of going to school.

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Merriam-Webster's Ready-For-School Words

Hannah S. Campbell, Merriam-Webster

All the words a child needs to know for preschool in a big, busy, lapsized book from the experts at Merriam-Webster. Enter the world of Merriam-Webster's Ready-for-School Words and discover the people, places, and things in your community, and b

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Vera Ahiyya

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. It's the first day

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Everything in Its Place

Pauline David-Sax

A shy girl who feels most at home in the school library gains the courage to extend herself to others when she encounters a group of unique, diverse, inspiring women at the diner where her mother works.

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My School Unicorn

Willow Evans

Starting school is an adventure—especially when you have a magical unicorn friend by your side! Kids can conquer their first-day-of-school jitters with this colorful, beautifully illustrated storybook. It’s almost time for Evie to go to school, b

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Sounds Like School Spirit

Meg Fleming

Rhyming text follws these kids as they go back to school, make new friends, and build a community.

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Leilong's Too Long!

Siyuan Liu

Every morning, Leilong the school bus shuttles through the city, picking up children as he goes. But a brontosaurus longer than a tennis court causes big problems in the busy streets. The school decides he can't be the bus anymore. The children

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Tomatoes in My Lunchbox

Costantia Manoli

Tomatoes in My Lunchbox is 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. A child, newly arrived in another country, fe

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Not Enough Lollipops

Megan Maynor

Alice thinks it's her lucky day when she wins a wagon full of lollipops, but sharing them with her classmates is more complicated than it seems. Can she find a fair way to divvy up the sweets? When Alice wins an enormous basket of lollipops in t

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This Is a School

John Schu

A moving celebration of school and all it may signify: work and play, creativity and trust, and a supportive community that extends beyond walls A school isn't just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for

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That's Not My Name!

Anoosha Syed

Mirha questions her name after her classmates continually pronounce it wrong on the first day of school so her mother helps her to learn the significance of her name and to be proud of it.

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School Day!

Candice Ransom

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! The start of the new school year means new friends and new experiences! It's big sister's first

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Riley's Ghost

John David Anderson

From John David Anderson, acclaimed author of Posted, comes a ghost story pulled from the darkest shadows of middle school. Riley Flynn is alone. It feels like she's been on her own since sixth grade, when her best friend, Emily, ditched her for

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The Daredevils

Rob Buyea

Readers on the cusp of adolescence will find much to love in this middle grade novel from the author of the beloved MR. TERUPT series that follows three kids who come to realize that letting go of childhood means boldly taking risks to face the futur

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Golden Ticket

Kate Egan

A middle grade novel by Kate Egan, Golden Ticket, explores friendship, academic anxiety, and what it means to be special. “It’s practically like a private school,” Mrs. Silver said bitterly. “The best teacher, for such a tiny group of student

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The School for Whatnots

Margaret Peterson Haddix

From master of suspense author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes another page-turning stand-alone adventure perfect for fans of Cog and Bad Magic. No matter what anyone tells you, I'm real. That's what the note says that Max finds under his ke

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Natalie Lloyd

From the bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic comes a heartfelt story about a girl who -- armed with her trusty, snazzy wheelchair -- refuses to let her brittle bone disease stand in the way of adventure Twelve-year-old homeschooled Olive is tire

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Barakah Beats

Maleeha Siddiqui

It's Nimra Sharif's first time going to public school. Nimra's nervous, but as long as she has her best friend, Jenna, by her side, she figures she can take on just about anything. Unfortunately, middle school is hard. The teachers are

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Time for School, Little Blue Truck

Alice Schertle

Ride along to school with the #1 New York Times best-selling Little Blue Truck and meet Blue's new friend: a bright yellow school bus. Beep-beep! Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the ro

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My First Day of School

Nancy J. Skarmeas

Daniel liked preschool just fine, but he is not so sure he wants to go to kindergarten.

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Timothy Goes to School

Rosemary Wells

Timothy starts school happily, but then he meets Claude, the smartest kid and the best at everything, and Timothy is miserable until Violet becomes his friend, in a new edition of a title first published in 1981.

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We Love School!

Marilyn Janovitz

Simple rhymes and illustrations describe what kittens like about going to school. By the creator of We Love Christmas!

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Moses Goes to School

Moses and his friends enjoy the first day of school at their special school for the deaf and hard of hearing, where they use sign language to talk to each other.

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The School Book

Todd Parr

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! With his trademark bright colors and bo

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Vera's New School

Vera Rosenberry

Everything seems to go wrong for Vera on her first day at a new school, until a classmate shares one of her mishaps.

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Edward Unready for School

Rosemary Wells

Edward, a shy, young bear unready for play school, feels out of place surrounded by students who are ready, busy, and happy.

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Jake Starts School

Michael Wright

Wright presents a laugh-out-loud look at one family's first day of school andthe dilemma of separation. Full color.

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