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Back-to-School Books (2nd)

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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
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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
4-7
Grade
PK-3

H. A. Rey

Curious George's First Day of School

Hardcover (Aug. 1, 2005) , 1st edition
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. A mixture of red and yellow paint makes orange . . . a mixture of yellow and blue makes green. . . . and a mixture of all the paint colors makes a big mess! After a speedy adventure up and down … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

B. Wiseman

Morris Goes to School

Paperback (Sept. 7, 1983) , Reprint edition

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.

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Age
3-5
Grade
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Jane Yolen, Mark Teague

How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?

Hardcover (June 1, 2007) , 1 edition
The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with another dinosaur tale--a fourth full-length picture book about how dinosaurs behave at school.Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back--and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures. More
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Age
6-8
Grade
1-3

Kay Winters, Renee Andriani

This School Year Will Be the BEST!

Hardcover (July 8, 2010)
On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids' hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it's looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone's wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt—this school year will definitely be the best! More
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Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Marc Brown

Monkey: Not Ready for Bedtime

Hardcover (Sept. 19, 2017)
It’s time to go to bed . . . but Monkey is NOT ready. Acclaimed author and illustrator Marc Brown (Arthur) offers a fun and reassuring story about bedtime. Every night at bedtime, it’s the same problem. . . . Monkey puts on his pajamas. He brushes his teeth. He makes sure his favorite stuffed toy is safely tucked in. He says “good night!” to Mom and Dad. But no matter what, Monkey is NOT ready to go to sleep. … More
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Jacquelyn Stagg

Kindness Starts With You - At School

Paperback (April 22, 2018)

Kindness is the single most powerful thing that we can teach our children.

Follow Maddy through her day at school, where your child will learn how easy it can be to spread kindness!

From taking turns on the swing to including everyone in the game - this storybook shows that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted!

A lightbulb lesson of kindness is found on each page!

Included in the book is a Kindness BINGO download …

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Keith Calabrese, Juana Medina

Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma

Hardcover (July 3, 2018)
In the tradition of School’s First Day of School, debut author Keith Calabrese and Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Medina share a sweet, universal story about a clever little girl whose shoes are nervous about the first day of school.Today is a big day! Today, Lena starts kindergarten. She is very excited. But there’s just one problem… Lena’s shoes are nervous. Lena doesn’t want to miss out on her first day of school, but she can’t go without her favorite … More
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Age
5-8
Grade
PK-2

Julia Cook, Carrie Hartman

My Mouth Is A Volcano

Paperback (Aug. 25, 2008) , 1 edition

Teaching children how to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting.

Louis always interrupts! All of his thoughts are very important to him, and when he has something to say, his words rumble and grumble in his tummy, they wiggle and jiggle on his tongue and then they push on his teeth, right before he ERUPTS (or interrupts). His mouth is a volcano! But when others begin to interrupt Louis, he learns how to respectfully wait for his turn to …

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Age
3-7
Grade
PK-7

Becky Friedman, Jason Fruchter

Daniel Goes to School

Hardcover (Aug. 30, 2016)
A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel Tiger is excited to go to school—but he is worried when his dad can’t stay with him—in this back-to-school story now in paper over board format.Daniel Tiger is excited to go to school, but he’s not happy that his dad can’t stay at school with him. Daniel learns that “grown-ups come back” and has lots of fun with his teacher and classmates … More
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Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Kate Berube

Mae's First Day of School

Hardcover (July 10, 2018)
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? Or what if she's the only one who doesn't know how to write? Or what if she misses her mom? Mae's anxiety only builds as she walks to school. But then she meets Rosie and Ms. Pearl. Will making new friends show her that they can conquer their fears together? More
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Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Susan Hood, Mary Lundquist

Mission: Back to School: Top-Secret Information

Hardcover (July 5, 2016)
What will distract first-time students from first-day jitters? Entering secret-agent mode, of course! The team from Mission: New Baby is back with a new assignment: turn school into a thrilling action adventure! After rendezvousing at the vehicle checkpoint (meeting at the bus stop), young agents will learn to build diplomatic relations (make new friends), conduct fieldwork (explore outside during science class), and develop new lines of communication (learn to read and play music). Chock-full of tips and fun visuals, it’s … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

James Dean, Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

Hardcover (July 26, 2011) , 6/26/11 edition

Time to head back to school with this bestselling groovy Pete the Cat book!

Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song...because it’s all good.

The fun never stops—download the free groovin’ song.

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Age
4-7
Grade
PK-3

Karen Beaumont, David Catrow

I Like Myself!

Hardcover (May 1, 2004) , First edition
High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves--inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters.At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont's joyous rhyming text and David Catrow's wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful--and straight from the heart. More
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Age
4-8
Grade
K-3

Mary Ann Rodman, Beth Spiegel

First Grade Stinks!

Hardcover (June 29, 2006) , 1 edition
No share time! Only one recess! Writing is hard! The stories don’t end right! FIRST GRADE STINKS!It is the first day of school and Hayley is excited. Things are different now. She is a first grader. Hayley quickly finds out that first grade is different from kindergarten, but in all the wrong ways! The classroom isn’t as bright and colorful. Ms. Gray doesn’t seem to smile as much as her kindergarten teacher did, and there isn’t enough time to play … More
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Age
6-9
Grade
1-4

Mike Thaler, Jared Lee

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

Library Binding (Aug. 1, 2008)
On the first day of school, a boy falls asleep and dreams that he is assigned to Mrs. Green's class. In his nightmare, Mrs. Green is a monster with a tail and smoke coming out of her nostrils. He is so happy when he awakes to see the real Mrs. Green that he gives her a hug. More
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Nancy Carlson

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Carlson, Nancy

Hardcover (June 16, 1999)
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Age
4-7
Grade
PK-3

Katie Davis

Kindergarten Rocks!

Hardcover (July 1, 2005) , First edition
Dexter is ready for kindergarten. Sort of. Well, actually, he's maybe kind of a little bit scared, perhaps even terrified, one might say. Because what if he gets lost? Or, what if the teacher is mean? Or, he misses his mom or dad? Or, worst of all, he loses his most important ally, Rufus? With the same warmth, exuberance, and sly wit that have made her a favorite of booksellers and children, Katie Davis tackles a problem every kid--and parent--has … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Mike Boldt

A Tiger Tail:

Hardcover (July 5, 2016)
From the creative mind of rising star Mike Boldt comes a hilarious and original tale about overcoming back-to-school jitters, making new friends, and taking things in stride.Anya wakes up to discover that she has grown a tiger tail. Yes, a striped tiger tail. It also happens to be the first day of school. What will the other kids think? Are girls with tiger tails even allowed to go to school?! Anya is about to find out. More
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Age
5-8
Grade
K-3

Stephanie Greene, Stephanie Sisson

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Book 1

Hardcover (May 27, 2010)
Posey is really nervous about starting first grade. Instead of getting walked to her classroom, her mom has to drop her off at the Kiss-and-Go Lane. Then she’ll have to walk into school and face the Monster of the Blue Hall all by herself. Worst of all, she has to do it without the one thing that always makes her feel brave and special: the tutu that turns her into the Pink Princess. But when Posey inspires her new teacher … More
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Age
2+
Grade
1-2

Alison McGhee, Harry Bliss, Rachael Lillis

Countdown to Kindergarten

Hardcover (April 1, 2004) , Har/Cas edition
After hearing about all the horrors of school from a first grader, a little girl decides that school is not for her and has to find a way out as the first day of school draws ever closer. More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-2

Emma Dodd

Foxy

Hardcover (June 26, 2012)

Foxy has a special talent: He is magically able to produce anything he needs from his bushy red tail.

Sometimes Foxy comes up with the wrong solutions, such as the time he tried to give his friend Emily an eraser for school and gave her an elephant instead!

Fortunately, Foxy's magic mishaps can always be fixed. And he knows that some very important things—like making new friends—don't require any magic at all.

In this humorous tale of friendship, award-winning author-illustrator …

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Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Ryan T. Higgins

We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Hardcover (June 19, 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.It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers … More
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Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Paul Schmid

Oliver and his Alligator

Hardcover (June 25, 2013)
Oliver is nervous about the first day of school, so he picks up an alligator at the swamp, just in case. And boy, does it come in handy! Whenever anything scares Oliver—be it a teacher, a classmate, or the prospect of learning everything—the alligator makes the problem go away. Quickly, school becomes much simpler . . . and a little lonely. But Oliver knows just what to do! Paul Schmid’s gentle, funny tale about overcoming first day of school jitters … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat!

Paperback (June 28, 2011)

Hit the books with Splat the Cat in a brand-new tale by New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton in Back to School, Splat!, an 8x8 storybook adventure perfect for the start of the school year.

It’s the first day of school and there’s only time for Splat to share one of his summer adventures with the class. Will it be the time he went searching for pirate treasure? Or the time he went swimming with sharks in the ocean? …

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Age
3-5
Grade
PK-K

Deborah Underwood, Claudia Rueda

Here Comes Teacher Cat

Hardcover (Aug. 8, 2017)
It’s back to school for the New York Times bestselling Cat when he steps in as a substitute teacher. Cat is not pleased to be tapped as substitute teacher. Not only is it cutting into his naptime, but a roomful of kittens is a little . . . much. At school, Cat follows the lesson plan of music, building, and painting—only in gradually more mischief-making Cat style. By the end, Cat has learned a thing or two about inspiring others … More
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Age
2-5
Grade
PK-K

Keith Baker

LMNO Peas

Board book (Jan. 28, 2014) , Brdbk edition
From A to Z—and Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas—every letter is exciting in this Classic Board Book edition of LMNO Peas!Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of extremely cute and busy little peas in this Classic Board Book edition of Keith Baker’s hit concept book. This fresh and fun alphabet book features bright colors, bouncy rhyming text, and silly pea characters who highlight the wide variety of interests, hobbies, and careers that make the world … More
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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
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Age
3-7
Grade
PK-2

Maureen Fergus, Mike Lowery

The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten

Hardcover (March 1, 2013)
?I liked kindergarten from the very 1st day,? begins the narrator of this very funny and touching picture book. However, she notices, ?My mom was happy for me, of course, but I got the feeling that she was also a little sad? to leave her. So one day the little girl invites her mom to join the kindergarten class for the day, which turns out to be a real learning experience --- for both of them. Somehow her mom just … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Mike Austin

Monsters Love School

Hardcover (June 24, 2014)

Have some monstrous fun going back to school!

Celebrate the first day of school with hilarious, energetic monsters in Monsters Love School by author-illustrator Mike Austin.

Summer is over, and now it's time for the biggest adventure of all...Monster School! Join these colorful monsters as they go to school for the first time. Reading and writing and learning your monster history has never been so much fun!

Fans of Monsters Love Colors and others will love this exciting picture book.

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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Carrie Weston, Tim Warnes

The New Bear At School

Hardcover (July 1, 2008)
Boris the bear is new at school--and all the other animals are afraid of him! Pitch-perfect writing and delightfully charming illustrations will make this a treasured starting school story.It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but when you're a big bear like Boris, it's even worse! Poor Boris tries his best to be gentle, but his sharp-toothed smile scares away his classmates. In the end, the animals find they love having Boris on their side!With a heartwarming story … 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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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Tad Hills

Rocket Writes a Story

Hardcover (July 24, 2012) , First Edition edition
The #1 New York Times BestsellerThis irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read is "a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers," according to a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can't think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Carrie Weston, Tim Warnes

The New Bear At School

Hardcover (July 1, 2008)
Boris the bear is new at school--and all the other animals are afraid of him! Pitch-perfect writing and delightfully charming illustrations will make this a treasured starting school story.It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but when you're a big bear like Boris, it's even worse! Poor Boris tries his best to be gentle, but his sharp-toothed smile scares away his classmates. In the end, the animals find they love having Boris on their side!With a heartwarming story … More
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Age
4-8
Grade
PK-3

Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum

Paperback (Dec. 30, 2008) , unknown 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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