The pencils are sharpened, glue bottles are filled, and the backpacks are stuffed. It’s time for school. Starting a new school year initiates feelings of excitement, anticipation, and maybe even fear. This ultimate list of back to school books will cover all your needs.
Back to School Books for All Your Needs
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Need a book list about making friends? Could you use a book to prepare for a substitute? Would you like an awesome read-aloud for the first day of school? I’ve got you covered! Here are all the topics that come up at the beginning of the school year.
All About School
First Day of School
The first day of school evokes lots of emotions from anxiety to excitement. Share these great read-alouds about the big day.—>FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL BOOKS
Another fun one to read is told from the perspective of the school on its first day. Check out School’s First Day of School by Rex.
Books That Take Place at School
Starting a New Grade
Moving to a new grade comes with unique challenges. Check out these grade level back to school books.
Get ready to start preschool with these first day of school preschool books.
Here are a few newer kindergarten reads.
Twindergarten by Ehrlich is the story of twins who will be in different classrooms for kindergarten.
Amanda’s idea of kindergarten doesn’t go according to plan in Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Ransom.
Jump into kindergarten with Super Saurus Saves Kindergartenby Underwood.
And, here are more books about starting kindergarten books from Coffee Cups and Crayons.
Jump into first grade with this list from Sleeping Should Be Easy.
Finding your place in a new setting has its challenges. Read Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland by Rim is a great one to read with the kids. The Panda family has just moved to Bearland, but they just don’t feel like they fit in with the other bears. They eat different foods and play different games. Will they ever feel a part of the bear community?
We’re All Wonders by Palacio is a good one to read to the whole class. It’s a great conversation starter about acceptance and helping everyone fit into their surroundings.
Help kids make friends with this making friends book list.
And, then help them be a good friend with this being a good friend book list from Childhood 101.
Our name is one of the first words we learn and for kids, it’s one of their favorite words. Help your class learn their classmates’ names and explore their own names with these books.—>BOOKS ABOUT NAMES
Some kids are always amazed that their teachers don’t sleep at school. Here are some fun books about teachers that Boy Mama Teacher Mama shares.
We strive for creating a supportive, positive, and growth mindset community. This Classroom Meeting Books list from Proud to be Primary provides lots of books to build that safe community.
Also, check out the newer Tool School by Holub about a group of tools that learn to work together to get things done.
Positive Attitude & Growth Mindset
Helping kids get in the right mindset to learn and grow is so important. These books will help encourage conversation around the topic.
Trying New Things from What Do We Do All Day?
Books that Inspire Kids to Learn from Edventures with Kids
There will be times when our kiddos have tough times whether that is not getting along with others, being honest, or struggling to be good listeners. There are books that can help with all these specific situations.—>BOOKS FOR REDIRECTING AND PROMOTING GOOD BEHAVIOR
Getting to School
Explore the transportation involved getting to school with these books.
Children around the world by many different means. Explore all the different ways in This Is The Way We Go to School by Baer.
Kids will discover that many children around the world have dangerous trips just to get to school for an education in The Way to School by McCarney.
Wow! School! by Neubecker is a good teacher read aloud that will open up a conversation about the parts of the school day and could be read before a tour of the building.
Another funny one is The Gingerbread Loose in the Schoolby Murray.
Switching classrooms and meeting new teachers can be exciting and confusing. Read about each place you will visit or the teacher you will meet.
I also like to talk about our classroom library and the reading that will take place in our space. A Place to Read by Hodgkinson is a good book to use to discuss “just right” reading spots.
Then there is that first fire drill. Read Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill by Harper.
And, now we have intruder drills too. Those can be a bit scary for everyone involved. Rachel Copeland created a book to help explain those drills to kids and it’s called, I Can Be a Superhero During a Lockdown.
And, then we have picture day. Read School Picture Day by Plourde. This series also has a book for Science Fair Day, Book Fair Day, and Field Trip Day.
Beginning of the Year Chapter Book Read-Alouds
Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the chapter books you wanted to read aloud planned out for entire year? I’ve got you covered. In fact, you can even print the downloadable lists to keep in your lesson planner.
There will be a time that the kids will have a substitute and that can be tough for everyone involved. Here are a few read alouds to talk about the experience and the expectations.
Cat finds himself in charge of a room of kittens in Here Comes The Teacher Cat by Underwood.
Enjoy the classic Miss Nelson is Missing by Allard before your first day away.
Imagine leaving your day off plans instead of the teaching plans for the day. That is what happens in Substitute Teacher Plans by Johnson.
End of the Year
Perhaps you are switching schools or leaving teaching. You’ll want to read Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3to the kids.
Do you feel ready for the new school year to start? You now have lots of books to read with the kids to start the year.
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