Start the School Year Off Right.

 Wow! I cannot believe that summer vacation is over, and school has begun!  I know that starting school is a huge event in the lives of children and their families. 

So, to start this year off correctly, I wanted to share a few of my all time favorite books, and a few new stories that I’ve included on my personal to read list. Most of the items on this list are packed full of humor and are sure to delight young students. I hope they will help make the transition from summer vacation to starting school a little bit easier. 

However, don't delay, I can tell you that these items are super popular right now.  So, you will want to get your name on the request list right don't want to miss this fun!


First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.

 Skippyjon Jones Class Action by Judy Schachner [on order]

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 saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.

The Cafeteria Lady from The Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

There's a new cafeteria lady at school. Her name is Wanda Belch. Rumour has it that she drives a garbage truck to school. Does Wanda really make a dish called "Roadkill Ravioli?" The students will soon find out!

Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want To Survive The School Bus by John Grandits

Late for School! by Stephanie Calmenson

Mr. Bungles has overslept and he's going to be late for school. Teachers aren't supposed to be late. Poor Mr. Bungles tries rushing off in his car, the train, even a hot air balloon, but nothing works. What will he try next? 

The Gingerbread Man Loose in The School by Laura Murray 

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, the Gingerbread Man does find his class, and he's assured they'll never leave him behind again. 

 Pirates Go To school by Corinne Demas

A funny rhyming story about the silly things pirates do when they go to school. When pirates (and their parrots) enter the classroom, it's time to hang up their swords and have fun. They learn reading and math, see pirate treasure at show-and-tell, eat slimy squid, and hear stories of ships at sea. For pirates, going to school is as much fun as a game of "walk the plank"!

Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George 

It's time to go back to school. But Tortoise is worried. What if he falls down? What if he doesn't like lunch? What if the kids are mean to him? What if he falls down, doesn't like lunch, and the kids are mean to him? The perfect back-to-school book about being brave, with a surprise at the end!


I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs 

Characters created by Lauren Child 
Text based on the script written by Paul Larson and Laura Beaumont 

 Lola gets to bring the class guinea pig, Bert, home over school vacation! She takes good care of Bert, but when she and Charlie build him a guinea pig run, he escapes. They hunt all over, and when they find him, they also discover a big surprise! This new Charlie and Lola adventure will have readers giggling and wishing for a pet guinea pig of their very own.

Curious George's First Day of School  Margret &  H.A. Rey

When Curious George attends the first day of school as a special helper, he winds up creating a big mess.

You can find additional suggestions on our website

Books About Kids in the Different Grades 

This list was created by Kathleen Green at our HCPL ebranch.

Books About Kids in Kindergarten 

Books About Kids in First Grade

Books About Kids in the Second Grade

Books About Kids in the Third Grade

Books About Kids in the Fourth Grade

Books About Kids in the Fifth Grade

Books About Kids in Sixth Grade