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Back-to-School Books (3rd)

Everyone needs to shine, no one is invisible, not even the Invisible Boy! Reading Level: L-P

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J*
Age
4-8
Grade
1-2

Patrice Karst, Geoff Stevenson

The Invisible String

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 2000) , 4/30/2001 edition

For Adults too!

A steady best-seller and The Invisible String is reaching all over the World!

with OVER 500,000 copies sold, this accessible, bestselling picture book phenomenon about the unbreakable connections between loved ones has healed a generation of readers--children and adults alike.

"That's impossible", said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they're all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. "What kind of string"? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, "An …

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L
Age
5-8
Grade
K-3

Julie Danneberg, Judy Love

First Day Jitters

Hardcover (Feb. 1, 2000)
Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming … More
L
Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Norman Bridwell

Clifford Goes to Kindergarten

Paperback (April 28, 2015)
Join Clifford in this brand-new storybook 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! More
L
Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

D.J. Steinberg, Mark Chambers

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Paperback (June 14, 2012) , Reprint edition
Get ready for school with these fun poems! This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it's the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem--not to mention charming illustrations. More
K*
Age
3-6
Grade
PK-K

Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

Hardcover (June 24, 2014) , First edition

Turn little pouts into big smiles!

Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.

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L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman

All Are Welcome

Hardcover (July 10, 2018) , First Edition edition
Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.

★ An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year selection

New York Times bestseller!

A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play …

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L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-2

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond

If You Take a Mouse to School

Hardcover (July 16, 2002) , 1st edition

Mouse goes to school in this picture book in the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling If You Give... series!

If you take a mouse to school, he'll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he'll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he'll need a notebook and some pencils. He'll probably want to share your backpack, too.

The famous mouse from If You Take a Mouse to the Movies and If You …

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L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-4

Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried

Hardcover (July 25, 2000) , 1st edition

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.

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L
Age
2-5
Grade
PK-K

Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Misses Mama

Hardcover (March 19, 2009) , 4th Print edition
Strange new teacher.Strange new toys.Lots of kids and lots of noise!What would Llama like to do?Llama Llama feels so new . . .It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?Of course she will. But before she does, … More
K*
Age
3-4
Grade
PK+

Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat Board Book

Board book (May 3, 2016) , Brdbk edition

Go back to Splat’s first day of school in New York Times bestselling author/artist Rob Scotton’s board book edition of Splat the Cat!

It’s Splat’s first day of school and he’s worried about making new friends. What if no one likes him at cat school? But readers soon discover there was nothing to be afraid of—Splat loves cat school and all his new friends!

The earliest readers will love reading about Rob Scotton’s endearing and hilarious character Splat the Cat …

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L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Patty Lovell, David Catrow

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Hardcover (Aug. 27, 2001) , 1st edition

Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do.Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart.But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. A horrible bully picks on her on the very …

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L
Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy Goes to School

Hardcover (Aug. 1, 1996)
Froggy's mother knows that everyone's nervous on the first day of school. "Not me!" says Froggy, and together they leapfrog to the bus stop—flop flop flop. Froggy's exuberant antics will delight his many fans and reassure them that school can be fun.

"This is a great read-aloud with sounds and words that encourage active participation...A charming story to calm those pre-school jitters."—School Library Journal

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L
Age
5-6
Grade
K-1

Natasha Wing, Deborah Zemke

The Night Before First Grade

Hardcover (May 1, 2014) , Reissue edition
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. More
L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 1996) , 1st edition
This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten.It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin! "Multifaceted and … More
L
Age
4-7
Grade
PK-3

Harry G. Allard Jr., James Marshall

Miss Nelson Is Missing!

Hardcover (Sept. 9, 1977) , 1st edition

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.

So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they …

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L
Age
5+
Grade
K-12

Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot

Hardcover (Sept. 15, 2003) , 1st edition
With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. … More
L
Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa

The Sandwich Swap

Hardcover (April 20, 2010) , 1 edition
Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them?The smallest things can pull us apart-until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page … More
L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-4

Kevin Henkes

Jessica

Hardcover (March 20, 1989) , First Edition edition

"There is no Jessica," said Ruthie's parents. But of course there was. She ate with Ruthie, played with Ruthie, and was sorry when Ruthie was bad. Nobody could see Jessica -- except Ruthie. When it came time for Ruthie to go to school, Jessica went with her. Her parents hoped Ruthie would find a friend at school who would replace Jessica. They were in for a (happy) surprise!

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L*
Age
5-8
Grade
K-3

Laura Murray, Mike Lowery

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

Hardcover (July 7, 2011)
When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: "I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!" With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, a deliciously sweet ending is served up for both the Gingerbread Man and the … More
L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

Hardcover (July 4, 2017)
How to Get Your Teacher Ready… all year long, from the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Catch Santa. This humorous new book in the beloved HOW TO . . . series takes readers through a fun and busy school year. Written in tongue-in-cheek instructional style, a class of adorable students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready—for the first day of school, and … More
L
Age
5-9
Grade
K-4

Jamie Michalak, Frank Remkiewicz

Joe and Sparky Go to School

Paperback (June 24, 2014)
“A humorous, high-interest package . . . a hit.” — The Horn Book (starred review)The endearing and mismatched pals Sparky the turtle and Joe the giraffe accidentally latch on to a big yellow bus and leave the zoo for their first trip to school. There’s a lot to learn, and the goal of the day seems to be to get a star. But just when Joe fears that he may have to go home starless, Sparky reminds him of all … More
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David A. Adler

Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery

Paperback (March 15, 2002)
It's the first day of fifth grade, and Cam and Eric can't wait to meet their new teacher. But no sooner does the day begin, than two policemen come into their classroom and arrest Ms. Benson! Surely, there must be some kind of mistake. Will Cam be able to solve this incredible first day of school mystery? More
K*
Age
7-10
Grade
2-5

Kate McMullan, Bill Basso, Stephen Gilpin

The New Kid at School

Paperback (May 12, 2003) , Revised/Expanded ed. edition
When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood? More
L*
Age
7-9
Grade
2-4

Suzy Kline, Frank Remkiewicz

Horrible Harry Moves up to Third Grade

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 1998)
When Sidney, the class bully, kills Harry's spider, Harry is determined to seek revenge and makes plans to do so during the class school trip to the old prison and copper mine. More
K
Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Lucille Colandro, Jared Lee

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!

Paperback (July 1, 2012) , 1 edition
There was an old lady who's ready for school!That lovely old lady has returned just in time for the first day of school. Now she's swallowing items to make the very best of her first day back. And just in time for the bus... With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of the classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page--a fun story for the first day of school! More
M*
Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Natasha Wing, Amy Wummer

The Night Before Preschool

Hardcover (May 1, 2014) , Reprint edition
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. More
L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Jamie Harper

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School

Hardcover (July 11, 2006)
On sharing day in Miss Mingo’s multispecies class, we learn that Cricket hears with his legs, Snake smells with his tongue, and Frog enjoys eating his own skin in this nonfiction storybook filled to the gills with laughter — and learning.If there's an elephant in the classroom — along with an alligator, a koala, a centipede, an octopus, and who knows what else — it must be Miss Mingo's class on the first day of school! Miss Mingo, herself a … More
J*
Age
4-7
Grade
PK-3

James Rumford

Rain School

Hardcover (Oct. 25, 2010) , 1 edition

It is the first day of school in Chad, Africa. Children are filling the road. "Will they give us a notebook?" Thomas asks. "Will they give us a pencil?""Will I learn to read?"But when he and the other children arrive at the schoolyard, they find no classroom, no desks. Just a teacher. "We will build our school," she says. "This is our first lesson."James Rumford, who lived in Chad as a Peace Corps volunteer, fills these pages with vibrant ink-and-pastel …

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L*
Age
4-8
Grade
1-2

Adam Rex, Christian Robinson

School's First Day of School

Hardcover (June 28, 2016)

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

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M*
Age
4-7
Grade
1-2

Hyewon Yum

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!

Hardcover (July 3, 2012)

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. Utterly charming in its simplicity, Yum playfully uses size and color …

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M*
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Adam Auerbach

Edda: A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School

Hardcover (June 24, 2014)

Edda is a Valkyrie (an ancient Norse goddess who guides and protects heroes). She lives in a magical land called Asgard where she has everything she wants. Well . . . almost everything. Edda wants to find a friend her own age. Edda's wise papa knows of a place where she can make friends: a place on Earth called "school."

School is very different from Asgard. Edda's not sure if she likes it at first. But then she remembers that …

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M
Age
3-6
Grade
PK-K

Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton

The King of Kindergarten

Hardcover (July 2, 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!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 … More
L
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

Click, Clack, Quack to School!

Hardcover (July 3, 2018)
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? A charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise!Farmer Brown has been invited to be a guest at the elementary school’s Farm Day! The animals excitedly practice … More
M*
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Herman Parish, Lynne Avril

Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School

Hardcover (June 23, 2009)

The New York Times bestselling picture book! Amelia Bedelia goes to school and mixes up just about everything in this funny picture book about the childhood of the iconic character.

The first book in the nationally bestselling series about the childhood of America's favorite literal-minded housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia is sure that she will absolutely love school—after all, what's not to love? But after hopping on the bus "just like a bunny" (hurry up, sweetie!), confusing her name tag with a …

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M
Age
7-9
Grade
2-4

Cathy Hapka, Ellen Titlebaum, Debbie Palen

How Not to Start Third Grade

Paperback (July 10, 2007) , Step into Reading 4 edition
Will should be excited to start third grade. But his little brother, Steve, is starting kindergarten. The same laugh-out-loud writing and hilarious illustrations that brought us How Not to Babysit Your Brother now portray the tribulations and embarrassments of starting school with a very troublesome little brother. School will never be the same!Cathy Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum are the authors of many books for children. This is their second book about Will and Steve. They live in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, … More
M
Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears Go to School

Paperback (July 12, 1978) , Deluxe ed. edition
This classic Berenstain Bears story is a perfect way to teach children about how much fun school can truly be!Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. All the cubs in Bear Country are ready for the new school year . . . except for Sister Bear. She is about to start kindergarten, but can't stop worrying about what it will be like. Will her teacher be nice? Will she … More
M
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-2

Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska

My Name Is Yoon

Hardcover (April 3, 2003) , 1st edition

Getting to feel at home in a new country

Yoon's name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn't sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names – maybe …

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M
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum

Hardcover (Sept. 16, 1991) , 1st edition

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. "You're named after a flower!" teases Victoria. "Let's smell her," says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

This popular picture book …

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M
Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus

Junie B., First Grader

Paperback (Aug. 20, 2002) , Reprint edition
“Hilarious. Barbara Park makes reading fun.” —Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man Barbara Park’s #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty-five years. Over 65 million copies sold! Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! Hurray, hurray for a brand-new school year! Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of … More
M*
Age
5-8
Grade
K-3

Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López

The Day You Begin

Hardcover (Aug. 28, 2018)
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's LiteratureA #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you … More
M
Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Sue Ganz-Schmitt, Shane Prigmore

Planet Kindergarten

Hardcover (May 20, 2014) , Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition
A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten."--Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewThis clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff! More
M
Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf

Sophie's Squash Go to School

Hardcover (June 28, 2016)
This charming sequel to the beloved Sophie’s Squash is the perfect antidote to the back-to-school jitters. Sophie goes to school for the first time and has no interest in making friends that aren’t squash. Here’s a gently humorous read-aloud that proves that making friends, just like growing squash, takes time. On Sophie’s first day of school, nobody appreciates her two best friends, Bonnie and Baxter, baby squash that she grew in her garden. Even worse, one classmate, Steven Green, won’t … More
M
Age
6-9
Grade
1-3

Jane Schoenberg, Cambria Evans

The One and Only Stuey Lewis: Stories from the Second Grade

Hardcover (July 5, 2011) , 1 edition

So what if Stuey isn't the world's best reader, is only allowed to trick or treat around one block, doesn't get to play on his soccer dream team, and has to put up with the most annoying girl on the planet. Somehow Stuey always makes life work and when he puts his mind to it, he can survive anything―even second grade. This hilarious collection of linked short stories, interspersed with sprightly line drawings, marks an impressive chapter book debut.

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M*
Age
-
Grade
3-4

Marc Brown

Locked in the Library!: A Marc Brown Arthur Chapter Book 6

Hardcover (June 1, 1998) , 1st edition
Although Arthur and Francine aren't speaking to each other, they must find a way to set aside their differences when they are locked in the library after it closes. More
M
Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney

Calendar Mysteries #9: September Sneakers

Paperback (Aug. 6, 2013)
It's a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy! With the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries kids!September is for Sneakers...In the ninth book of the Calendar Mysteries- an early chapter-book mystery series- Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy have taken care of the first-grade class hamster, Goldi, for the summer. But on the first day of school, when they plan to bring her back, Goldi is missing! In place of her cage is … More
L*
Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Lisa Robinson, Eda Kaban

Pirates Don't Go to Kindergarten!

Hardcover (Aug. 1, 2019)

Yo, ho, ho! It’s a mutiny against kindergarten!

Pirate Emma is about to start kindergarten! But Emma’s not so sure she’s ready for a new captain and crew. Especially since Cap’n Chu—the roughest, toughest, awesomest preschool cap’n ever—is right down the hall. So Emma decides to head back to the preschool ship to see if she can stir up a mutiny against kindergarten! Is that what she really wants? Or does she just miss her beloved Cap’n Chu? Batten down …

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H*
Age
4-8
Grade
-

Adir Levy, Ganit Levy, Mat Sadler

What Should Danny Do? School Day

Hardcover (Dec. 7, 2018) , First edition
FUN. INTERACTIVE. EMPOWERING. "The absolute best gift available for any 4-9 year old." - Maya Shanun, Pediatrician & Mother of 58 stories in 1! Danny is back in an all new adventure! In this follow up to the #1 Amazon Best Seller, What Should Danny Do?, your children will get to decide how Danny's day at school will end! Children love being able to make all the choices for this Superhero-in-Training and control the outcome of the book, while parents … More
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Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Trudy Ludwig, Patrice Barton

The Invisible Boy

Hardcover (Oct. 8, 2013)

A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend...Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to …

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Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Yangsook Choi

The Name Jar

Paperback (Oct. 14, 2003) , Reprint edition
The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to … More
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Age
7-10
Grade
2-5

Betsy Duffey, Janet Wilson

How to Be Cool in the Third Grade

Paperback (July 1, 1999) , Reprint edition
It's not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3)Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple! More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-4

Kevin Henkes

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Hardcover (Jan. 24, 2006) , 1st edition

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

Lilly, the star of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World, is back. And this time she has her name in the title - something she's …

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-2

Chieri Uegaki, Stephane Jorisch

Suki's Kimono

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 2003) , 1St Edition edition
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. And Suki is going to wear it on her first day back to school -- no matter what anyone says. When it's Suki's turn to share with her classmates what she did during the summer, she tells them about the street festival she attended with her obachan and the circle dance that they took part in. In … More
N
Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Harriet Muncaster

Isadora Moon Goes Camping

Hardcover (Aug. 15, 2017)
Fans of Vampirina and the Princess in Black series will love Isadora Moon: half-fairy, half-vampire, totally unique—and totally outdoorsy!Camping is full of surprises when you're a vampire-fairy! When Isadora Moon and her family go on a camping trip to the beach, they’re just like everybody else. They roast marshmallows and build sand castles and sleep in a tent! But in a magical family, anything can happen. And when Isadora goes on a nighttime adventure, she makes an unusual friend under … More
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Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Clyde Robert Bulla, Thomas B. Allen

The Chalk Box Kid

Paperback (Sept. 12, 1987) , 10th Anniversary ed. edition

A classroom favorite about the power of art and creativity. A new neighborhood. A new school. A lonely birthday. Life isn’t easy for nine-year-old Gregory. Then he finds an abandoned chalk factory behind his house. It’s a secret place, just for him! Now he can draw anything he imagines on the dark brick walls. What amazing thing will Gregory draw first? Two beloved classics—The Chalk Box Kid and The Paint Brush Kid—get a vibrant new look!

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Robert Coles, George Ford

The Story Of Ruby Bridges

Hardcover (Feb. 1, 1995) , 1 edition
Capturing the courage of a little girl facing racism and hatred alone, the true story of Ruby Bridges reveals how she helped shape American history as the first African American child sent to first grade in a white school More
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Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Andrea Cheng, Abigail Halpin

The Year of the Book

Hardcover (May 22, 2012)
Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.

In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated.

When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot—constant companionship and insight into her changing world.

Books, …

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Age
6-10
Grade
1-5

Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot

My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!

Paperback (June 29, 2004)

With more than 11 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

In the first My Weird School book ever, second-grade teacher Miss Daisy is in over her head. She doesn't even know how to add or subtract! But the kids have other things on their minds. Principal Klutz has promised that if they read a million pages in books, they can turn the school into a video-game arcade for one whole night!

Perfect for reluctant …

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Age
6-10
Grade
1-5

Jack Chabert, Sam Ricks

The School Is Alive!: #1

Library Binding (Dec. 15, 2018)
Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and, as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them--but he will need some help from his friends. More
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Age
7-10
Grade
3-4

Paula Danziger, Tony Ross

Amber Brown Goes Fourth

Mass Market Paperback (Oct. 1, 1996)
Still struggling with her parent's divorce at the start of fourth grade, Amber Brown prepares for the new school year by planning to win a new best friend at any cost. Reprint. More
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Age
7-11
Grade
2-5

Laurie Friedman, Tamara Schmitz

Back to School, Mallory

Hardcover (Aug. 1, 2004)

Summer is over and that can only mean one thing for eight-year-old Mallory McDonald (like the restaurant, but no relation)―she has to go back to school. But not just any school, a new school with all new kids in it. To make matters worse, her mom is going, too! She’s the new music teacher, and Mallory can’t think of anything that could possibly be worse―until her first day. She has to sit with Pamela, who always says the right thing …

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Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School

Hardcover (May 14, 2013) , Reprint edition
“Hilarious. Barbara Park makes reading fun.” —Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man Barbara Park’s #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty-five years. Over 65 million copies sold!Laugh-out-loud with the world's funniest kid in this write-in survival guide to elementary school, perfect for holiday, birthday, back to school, kindergarten and first grade graduation gifts!Hello, school children! Hello! It's me . . . Junie B., Jones! I have been … More
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Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Carolyn Haywood

Back to School with Betsy

Paperback (May 1, 2004) , 1-Simul edition
Carolyn Haywood's stories about her irrepressible character Betsy have never been out of print, and now, thanks to dynamic new covers, the Betsy books will find their way onto the bookshelves of modern young readers--and into the hearts of a whole new generation. Third grade begins with disappointment--Betsy's beloved teacher, Miss Grey, won't be teachng anymore. But the new year is packed with fun and surprises, including one great piece of news that Betsy declares is about "the wonderfullest thing … More
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Age
7-10
Grade
2-5

Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty Camp Daze

Hardcover (Jan. 2, 2018)

Kitty’s life is really hard. Like really, REALLY hard. All she asks for is twenty-two hours a day to sleep and food to be delivered morning and night. But does she get it? No. And when Puppy and Baby get a little rambunctious during her naptime, Kitty gets bonked on the head and starts to believe she’s . . . a dog.

This new dynamic freaks out Puppy, so he’s sent away to Uncle Murray’s Camp for Stressed-Out Dogs to …

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Age
7-10
Grade
2-5

Jerry Spinelli

Third Grade Angels

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 2012) , First Edition edition
The long-awaited prequel to the bestseller FOURTH GRADE RATSGeorge, aka "Suds," has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats," but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" - which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be … More
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Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin, Helena Estes

The Hundred Dresses

Hardcover (Sept. 1, 2004) , unknown edition

Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, …

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

David Shannon

A Bad Case Of Stripes

Hardcover (March 1, 1998) , 1st Printing edition
"What we have here is a bad case of stripes. One of the worst I've ever seen!"Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of stripes! More
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Age
6-10
Grade
1-5

Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot

My Weird School Special: Back to School, Weird Kids Rule!

Paperback (June 24, 2014)

With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

Summer is almost over, and you know what that means—time to head back to school! But when a tropical storm ends A.J.'s vacation earlier than expected, he and his family have to stay at Andrea's house. Ugh, disgusting!

Soon after, everyone in the house starts getting cabin fever, and even back-to-school shopping won't calm the kids down. So, Andrea and A.J. are sent to …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley, Julie Brincklo

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Paperback (March 26, 2019)

Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Sideways Stories from Wayside School!

Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside School has some of the wackiest classes in town, especially on the thirtieth floor. That’s where you’ll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; Myron, the best class …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Betty G. Birney

School Days According to Humphrey

Hardcover (June 30, 2011) , 1 edition
Humphrey is excited to get back to Room 26 and see all his old classmates. But on the first day of school, a bunch of strange kids arrive and no matter how loudly he squeaks up, they don't realize they're in the wrong room! Once Humphrey gets over the shock of being with a whole new group of students, he gets busy learning all about them and their problems. There's Rolling-Rosie, who can pop wheelies with her wheelchair, Tall-Paul and … More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Louis Sachar, Joel Schick

Wayside School Is Falling Down

Hardcover (March 15, 1989) , 1st ed edition

Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Wayside School Is Falling Down!

Yum! Miss Mush is dishing out her famous Mushroom Surprise in the Wayside School cafeteria. Ron says it tastes like hot dogs and grape jelly. Clean your plate and you’ll turn green in time for class picture day. Wear your craziest outfit and you’ll fit right in between Maurecia in her striped bikini and …

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Age
8-11
Grade
3-4

Louis Sachar

Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger

School & Library Binding (Sept. 2, 2003) , Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. All the kids from Wayside School had to spend 243 days in horrible schools while Wayside was closed to get rid of the cows (Don't ask!). Now, the kids are back in this sequel. More
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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Betty G. Birney

Friendship According to Humphrey

Paperback (July 20, 2006) , Reprint edition
After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26-a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits (remember, he has a lock-that-doesn't-lock). Plus, the students are so interested in Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad-bad-sad feelings he's had since Og came, but luckily he still gets to have adventures with different kids on the … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Lynne Rae Perkins

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

Hardcover (June 14, 2016)

Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Lynne Rae Perkins introduces a boy (Frank) and a dog (Lucky) in this celebratory, wry, and happily unconventional introduction to the subjects children encounter in school. This beautifully illustrated, humorous, and insightful picture book offers a new twist on the classic boy-and-his-dog story!

On a rainy day, Frank’s parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That’s how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on, they’re inseparable. As Frank and Lucky …

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Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Judy Schachner

Skippyjon Jones, Class Action

Hardcover (July 12, 2011) , Rei/Com edition
Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It's where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy-once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
1-5

Jack White, Elinor Blake

We're Going to be Friends

Hardcover (Nov. 21, 2017)
"Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs.” ― Entertainment Weekly

"We're Going to be Friends" is one of The White Stripes most enduring and loved songs. With the help of illustrator Elinor Blake, the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children's book. Join Suzy Lee as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend.

“Jack White has written a perfect story and Elino Blake's …

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-2

Kristyn Crow, Molly Idle

Zombelina School Days

Hardcover (June 6, 2017)

Zombelina loves to dance, and going to school is just as fun! She leaps on the bus and twirls down the aisle. In class she raises her hand high in the air, even if sometimes it falls under her chair.

When it's time for show-and-tell, Zombelina can't wait to share her hip-hop moves, but a new student named Morty has his own case of stage fright . . . something Zombelina knows how to fix. She has the perfect idea …

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Roz Chast

Marco Goes to School

Hardcover (July 10, 2012)
The irrepressibly inquisitive Marco is off to school in this picture book from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.Marco is the busiest bird, and it’s time he goes to school! There is so much to do at school, from lessons to lunch to building a block tower to the moon! But Marco soon learns that his plans for the day may be just a bit too ambitious. Luckily, school has one extra surprise for him—and that’s a new friend! In Marco’s … More
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