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Back-to-School (1st)

Back to school season is right there! What if I am scared of leaving home? What if I am scared of meeting new classmates? What if I am scared of a new teacher?Reading Level: F-I

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Tish Rabe, Laura Hughes

On the First Day of Kindergarten

Hardcover (June 21, 2016)

Perfect for nervous/excited kids about to go to kindergarten (and their parents!). This engaging adaptation of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” convinces parents and children alike that there is no place cooler than a kindergarten classroom.

On the first day of kindergarten, there’s so much to do! From making new friends to jumping rope in gym to riding the bus to school, there are lots of exciting firsts to look forward to.

Even though saying good-bye to Mom and Dad …

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Age
4-8
Grade
-

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories

Biscuit Goes to School

Hardcover (July 23, 2002)

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 his classroom?

I Can Read books are widely recognised as the premier line of beginner readers. Inaugurated in 1957 with Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear, illustrated by …

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G
Age
3-6
Grade
PK-1

Margery Cuyler, Bob Kolar

The Little School Bus

Hardcover (June 24, 2014) , First edition

Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it's off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day's work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!Christy Ottaviano Books

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G
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-1

Philemon Sturges, Shari Halpern

I Love School!

Hardcover (June 29, 2004)

What's your favorite part of the school day?

Come along to a warm, friendly world of reading and writing, singing and painting, and all-around fun that will make you want to yell, "I love school!"

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Boni Ashburn, Kimberly Gee

The Class

Hardcover (July 5, 2016)
Count along with twenty young students from nineteen different homes as they get ready for their first day of kindergarten.Alarm clocks go off and students all over town wake up and get ready for their big day. Some feel eager, others are nervous, and a few are even grumpy! But they all get dressed, eat breakfast, pack backpacks, and make their way to school, where they will meet their new teacher and become a wonderful new class. Boni Ashburn’s snappy … More
G
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

James Dean, Kimberly Dean

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School

Paperback (Feb. 25, 2014)

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings readers along for a groovy adventure at school with Pete the Cat!

Pete the Cat can't decide what to wear to school in Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School. With so many groovy options to choose from, Pete finds the perfect way to show off his creativity.

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School is a My First I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for shared reading …

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J
Age
4-7
Grade
PK-2

Lisa Mccourt, Cyd Moore

Scholastic Reader Level 1: Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?

Paperback (July 1, 2010)
Stinky Face is full of "What ifs" as he gets ready for kindergarten!It's time to go to kindergarten, but Stinky Face has a question . . ."But, Mama, what if the sink in my classroom pours grape juice instead of water?"As the situations grow stranger, Stinky Face's mama always has just the right answer to make him feel better.With Lisa McCourt's zany ideas and Cyd Moore's motion-filled illustrations, this reader is sure to make every worried kindergartner-to-be a little less … More
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Age
3-6
Grade
PK-1

Salina Yoon

Bear's Big Day

Hardcover (June 21, 2016)

Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon's beloved duo Bear and Floppy head to school in Bear's Big Day--a charming picture book about embracing new experiences.

It's Bear's very first day of school! He wants to be grown up, so he leaves his stuffed bunny Floppy at home along with all his familiar things. But being away from his best friend is hard--and the first day doesn't turn out quite how like Bear wanted it to. Bear learns that the first day …

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Age
2-5
Grade
PK+

Keith Baker

1-2-3 Peas

Board book (May 6, 2014) , Brdbk edition
From 1 to 100, every number is a roly, poly thrill in this Classic Board Book edition of 1-2-3 Peas!Meet the peas—the 1-2-3 Peas! Come along as they count from one to one hundred in this pea-filled board book that’s packed with bright, bold numbers and playful number-themed scenes. These tiny green mathematicians will have young readers everywhere calling for more peas, please! More
H
Age
3-5
Grade
-

Bill Martin, Michael Sampson, Laura J. Bryant

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going To School?

Hardcover (Aug. 6, 2013)
On the first day of school, Kitty Cat discovers that there are lots of things to enjoy. She plays, she enjoys a snack, she paints, she sings, she listens to a story, and she shares something special during Show-and-Tell. The day ends with a big hug from her mom. Children will love Laura J. Bryant’s appealing illustrations that bring Kitty Cat to life, along with the other adorable kittens at the school. More
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Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Mo Willems

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

Hardcover (July 2, 2019) , 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.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! More
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Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Meredith Rusu, Eone

First Day of School

Paperback (June 28, 2016)
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! More
I
Age
3-7
Grade
PK-3

Audrey Penn, Ruth Harper

The Kissing Hand

Hardcover (Oct. 15, 1993) , Stk edition
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. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex

Chu's First Day of School

Hardcover (June 24, 2014)

A picture book school story featuring the New York Times bestselling panda named Chu from Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and acclaimed illustrator Adam Rex!

Chu, the adorable panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off for his first day of school, and he's nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school? And will Chu do what he does best?

Chu's First Day of School is a …

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Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Bob Shea

Dinosaur vs. School

Hardcover (June 17, 2014)
Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What's not to like? But then, oh, no! It's Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS! More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Louise Borden, Joan Rankin

Off to First Grade

Hardcover (July 1, 2008) , Repackage edition
It's the first day of first grade, and everyone in Mrs. Miller's class is getting ready! Anna is excited about reading zillions of books, Ben's mom gives him a big off-to-first-grade hug, and Claire poses for a first-day picture. In Off to First Grade we hear from all twenty-three of Mrs. Miller's students - from Anna to Yoshi - and even the school principal, Mr. Zimmerman, as they prepare for a day that promises to be filled with fun, learning … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Sam Garton

Otter Goes to School

Hardcover (June 14, 2016)

Otter—the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter, Otter in Space, and Otter Loves Halloween!, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—goes to school for the first time!

In Otter Goes to School, Otter starts her own school for Teddy, Giraffe, and the rest of her friends. They have a great teacher and do lots of fun things together . . . until Teddy says he doesn’t like school anymore. Luckily, Otter Keeper comes to the rescue …

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K
Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Kevin Henkes

Owen

Hardcover (Sept. 15, 1993) , 1st edition

Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. "Fuzzy goes where I go," said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen't mother knew just what to do, and everyone -- Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers -- was happy.

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