Three starred reviews!
A little bat struggles to fit in only to learn to celebrate differences in this “darling book for all children but especially those with autism” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) about starting school, making friends, and seeing what makes each person special.
Bitsy is a little bat with big star dreams of making friends at her n
This endearing picture book about making the most of any situation is also a heartfelt and meaningful portrait of houselessness that’s just right for young children.
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.
Our Favorite Day of the Year meets Alma and How She Got Her Name in this warm, lyrical picture book about a child who learns to celebrate her multicultural identity and finds pride in all the stories and worlds that live inside of her.
When it’s Multicultural Day at school, a young girl wonders how best to tell the story of who she is.
Snake loves art class—until his project is a disaster, and he makes a terrible mistake that hurts a friend. How will Snake fix his mistake? Acclaimed author-artist Sarah Kurpiel’s Snake’s Big Mistake is a picture book about art, friendship, apologizing, and forgiveness, for readers of The Rabbit Listened and The Book of Mistakes.
It's time for school, dinosaurs!
In the spirit of Mo Willems and Ben Clanton, this “extremely funny and spot-on sensitive” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) picture book shows how a good friend can become even better by trying new things and putting others first.
Cat and Duck are very good friends and play together all the time, so when the new slide gets built, they can’t wait to try it out!
A brilliant librarian helps students to welcome big changes in this picture book by Cara Devins with illustrations from K-Fai Steele.
Penelope Rex faces her biggest (and fishiest) fear in this companion to the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins.
A visually stunning story of resilience and determination by an award-winning new author-illustrator team, perfect for back to school.
A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
A surprising and laugh-out-loud showdown between two pint-sized super-villains, perfect for young fans of Despicable Me.
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.
Acclaimed author and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka perfectly captures the mixed emotions felt by kids and their parents during big changes.
Oliver and his dad spent all summer playing together, laughing together, singing together, and reading together!
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!
Puppy Bus is a hilarious back-to-school picture book from the creator of CatStronauts, Drew Brockington.
When a boy and his family move, he has to start all over at a new school—and gets plenty of first day jitters.
It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he's too excited about going back! The book's simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child's fears about the first day of school.
George is so excited to go visit his friend Rami’s school! George packs a banana snack and is ready to have an adventure. And what an adventure school is! Between Circle Time, outdoor play, and the many toys and crafts, George is one happy monkey. But can a curious monkey make it through the whole day without getting into any trouble?
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
Elmo and his Sesame Street friends help ease anxiety about starting preschool and kindergarten with this picture book that straightforwardly answers children's "What if...?" questions.
Beloved children’s book author-illustrator Katie Davis reassures young readers off to their first day of school with this upbeat tale about first day of school jitters.
Dexter Dugan is starting kindergarten and his stuffed dog Rufus is terrified for him.
This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten.
Join Clifford as he spends the day with Emily Elizabeth in kindergarten!
Emily Elizabeth is starting kindergarten and she's a little nervous. Good thing that the teacher sent a note home that says each child can bring something from home to make the transition a little easier. But the teacher didn't bet on a child bringing something -- or someone -- as big as Clifford!
Spunky Lola embarks on a new adventure--the first day of school!
After the first day of first grade, Henry's not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn't like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he'll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won't be so bad after all.
They can stand in line (sort of), use indoor voices (perhaps), and are capable of sharing (rumor has it), so the Click Clack critters are ready for school…but is school ready for them?
My Mommy tells me I'm perfect and to be brave.You know who you are, she says, Just be yourself and always listen to your heart.
A little crocodile explores a day at preschool in this colorful, noisy book filled with sounds and new experiences -- some wonderful, some not -- that are sure to delight toddlers.
What sounds does the Little Crocodile hear on the first day of preschool?
The alarm clock goes ring, ring
The car goes vroom vroom
The elephant says peekaboo
The drum goes rat-a-tat
Monster and Boy are back for another adventure! And this time the best friends are headed somewhere no monster has ventured before: school!
Bad Kitty faces her toughest challenge yet, in Bad Kitty School Daze from Nick Bruel.
New backpacks? Check! Besties Pizza and Taco are ready to head back to school, but are they ready to meet the cool new kid?
An acclaimed author and a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator team up to bring us a funny, warm, and utterly winning chapter book that follows, day by day, the first hundred days in one first grader's classroom.
"This inspired story about the magic of art, nature, and educators is a breath of fresh air."
"Full of wonder... Schoolhouse bliss."
--Kirkus STARRED Review
Let's all draw dinosaurs ... outdoors
Suki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan, it holds special memories of her grandmother's visit last summer.
"Ebullient readers struggling with being mindful of others and true to their always-on selves should find reassurance in this friendship story." —Publishers Weekly
BEST OF THE YEAR
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Charlotte Huck Recommended Book
Common Sense Media Selection
It’s Dat’s first day of school in a new country!
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!
It's a child's first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he'll meet--the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she'll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten.
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.
During the last 20 years, parents and teachers have passed along the secret of the Kissing Hand to children facing first days of kindergarten, first grade, and other separations. Now younger children can get in on Mama Raccoon's secret and find comfort in A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon, a board-book adaptation of the original picture book.
Learn how to get your teacher ready for back to school…from the first dayl to graduation! The kids are in charge in this hilarious classroom adventure--from the creators of the New York Times bestseller How to Babysit a Grandpa.
A perfect back-to-school book...with a twist! For little kids everywhere who feel anxious leaving home to go back to school.
A Kids' Indie Next Pick!
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!
Author/illustrator Kate Berube’s Mae’s First Day of School is “a reassuring, gently amusing picture book for children anticipating (or remembering) their first day of school” (Booklist).
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?
A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten, by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Crown. Starting kindergarten is a big milestone--and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He's dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can't wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements--and then wake up to start another day.
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 bold lines, Todd Parr introduces readers to a perennial source of childhood anxiety and excitement both: school! From morning routines to meeting new people to learning and playing together, Todd explores all the different things that can happen in school, all the while sharing a cheerful, child-friendly message of sharing, inclusion, and community. Welcome to school-- a place for everyone to grow!
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. If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.
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
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The first day of school is both scary and exciting for Otto. At first, he is very nervous, but then he realizes how much fun school can be. Otto learns all kinds of things - how to share his toys, how to play games, and even how to remember that shoes are for wearing, not for eating. (Silly Otto!)
"Maisy is confident and acquainted with the routines of preschool. She clearly has no separation issues. . . . As always, Cousins’s bright color illustrations are simple and appealing." – School Library Journal
Growing Up Just Got Easier...
With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life's first experiences together.
Amelia Bedelia's school daze will make kids giggle and erase any back-to-school nervousness
Would you like to have Amelia Bedelia in your classroom? Just ask Miss Wilson. But don't give Amelia Bedelia any problems. Or ask her to take her seat. Or tell her to paint anything...
Get ready to go back to school with the Berenstain Bears! This story is a perfect way to teach children about how much fun school can truly be--with over 50 bonus stickers!
George is excited to start his first day of school! There are so many new lessons for a curious little monkey to learn....
It’s the first day of school, and George has been invited to Mr. Apple’s class to be a special helper. George is just the right monkey for the job—that is, until he starts to make his usual mischief.
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This picture book about the first day of school, featuring a frog, a duck, a mouse, and a snail, combines a story in rhyme with colorful graphic rebuses, making it a fun book for parent and child to share in the reading. Children about to enter kindergarten or first grade who long to be able to read will get a sense of accomplishment by "reading" the little rebus pictures in the story.
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.
A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood!
It’s Daniel Tiger’s first day of school in this adorable 8x8 storybook based on an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood!
The dancing dinos are back, and this time they are taking over the classroom in this fun, rhyming Step 1 reader that is perfect for back to school!
Dinos dancing in a book.
Dinos leaping, look, look, look!
Dinos pasting red and blue.
Dinos wasting paint and glue!
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It's time for Peppa to go to school -- and make a new friend! Includes stickers!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! Includes stickers!
Nothing can ruin a new school year...except maybe a pesky little brother. This Step 4 reader is the perfect back-to-school story for newly independent readers!
It's the night before the Big Day—first grade. Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore's classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers—as well as the “heroine” of the story—and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.
'Twas the night before kindergarten,
and as they prepared,
kids were excited,
and a little bit scared.
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 the classroom?
From the most trusted brand of leveled readers, this Step 1 Step into Reading book is perfect for back-to-school and features an adorable dinosaur world that looks a lot like ours.
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!
In this funny Halloween story for beginning readers, Lulu the witch girl is a little nervous about her first day of school, but she heads off with her broom and Dracula lunch box. She immediately loves her new teacher, Miss Slime, especially her wart. Lulu’s first flying lesson around the cemetery goes great!
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Number one New York Times bestselling author Tad Hills returns with an all-new Level 1 Step into Reading story about Rocket’s 100th day of school.
Don’t miss the animated movie based on the bestselling Rocket books—coming soon to PBS!
Morris the Moose can’t read or count, so he decides to go to school. After a day of ABCs and 123s, Morris is thrilled with all that he has learned.
This classic silly Level One I Can Read is perfect for shared reading with a child.
For fans of Danny and the Dinosaur, Sammy the Seal, or anyone who loves to read silly stories about animals.
Norm is just plain normal—until he finds himself in a new school, where all his classmates are monsters! Suddenly Norm isn't normal anymore!
Uni the Unicorn for early readers! This Step 2 Step into Reading book about Uni and friends going to school is great for back-to-school time, or any day of the year!
Head back to school with a first day of school favorite! The perfect pick for new students and teachers, complete with a Certificate of Courage for First Day Completion and a First Day Memories Sheet.