Back to School Reading

Are you ready to head back to school? Either way, check out some of these school related books!

Picture Books

Otter goes to school by Sam Garton

When Otter starts a school, Teddy becomes sad because the other students are all good at something and it seems he is not. Request this book.

Mission: back to school : top secret information by Susan Hood ; illustrated by Mary Lundquist

Imagined in the form of a secret agent’s set of instructions, Mason and other children negotiate the first day of school. Request this book.

School’s first day of school by Adam Rex ; pictures by Christian Robinson

It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. Request this book.

I got the school spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison ; illustrated by Frank Morrison

As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with school spirit as she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes, and eagerly anticipates the next day. Request this book.

The pigeon has to go to school! words and pictures by Mo Willems

The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him. Request this book.

Early Readers

My first day of school by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; photographs by Jill Wachter

Beginning readers can learn what to expect on the first day of school. What will it be like? You will meet the teacher and new friends. You will sing songs, play, learn, and so much more! Request this book.

Class pet mess! by Dan Gutman ; pictures by Jim Paillot

Alexia is delighted when Mr. Cooper brings in Bob, a hognose snake, as class pet, but when Bob keels over, is Andrea’s toy poodle or Alexia’s neglect to blame? Request this book.

Daniel plays at school adapted by Daphne Pendergrass 

Daniel Tiger and Miss Elaina learn to compromise when they want to do different things while playing together and receive Teacher Harriet’s gentle encouragement to try to fix the problem themselves. Request this book.

Tony Baloney : school rules by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

It is the first day of school for Tony Baloney, the macaroni penguin, and he wants to follow all the class rules, but Tony has a way of finding trouble. Request this book.

Mouse loves school by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan

Hiding inside a backpack, Mouse spends the day at school, discovering colors, letters, numbers, and his favorite thing–friends. Request this book.

Juvenile Fiction

Welcome to unicorn school by Pip Bird ; illustrated by David O’Connell

In Pip Bird and David O’Connell’s laugh-out-loud illustrated chapter book Dave the Unicorn: Welcome to Unicorn School, Mira is excited about attending the school–until she’s paired with a very un-unicorny unicorn. Request this book.

The School for the Insanely Gifted by Dan Elish

Eleven-year-old musical genius Daphna Whispers embarks on a global journey to find her missing mother, only to uncover a shocking secret about the Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted where she is a student. Request this book.

Two dogs in a trench coat go to school by Julie Falatko ; illustrated by Colin Jack

Sassy and Waldo are good dogs, who keep their house safe (from squirrels, mostly), and worry about their boy, Stewart, who always comes home from school smelling of anxiety; so the two dogs come up with a plan to help him–they will dress up in a trench coat and attend school, posing as a new student, to find out just what is bothering Stewart. Request this book.

The fabled fifth graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming

Throughout their fifth-grade year, a group of rambunctious students learns fable-like lessons from extraordinary activities, singing hamsters, and eccentric teachers, led by the inimitable Mr. Jupiter. Request this book.

Scary School by Derek the Ghost ; scary pictures by Scott M. Fischer

Describes a year at Scary School, where werewolves, zombies, and humans mingle and the teachers range from dragons to vampires. Request this book.