A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about School

August is coming to an end, and with that comes the start of a new school year. For many children this can be an anxious time. We’ve included lots of books to hopefully make the transition a little easier and calm those first day jitters. And for the seasoned pro, we’ve included some school stories that are just for fun!

New Books about School

bbearB. Bear and Lolly Off to School by A.A. Livingston, illus. by Joey Chou

Evidently Baby Bear and Goldilocks became best friends after their famous encounter because now they are embarking on another adventure, their first day of school together. Children should enjoy finding other fairy tale characters in the illustrations.




chuChu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Adam Rex

In this sequel to the New York Times best-seller, Chu’s Day, the sneeze-prone little panda is nervous about his first day of school and worried that others won’t like him. Chu’s teacher is nice and the other animals at school are friendly, but too much chalk dust leads to an explosive end.




dinosaurDinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea

In this sixth Dinosaur vs. book by Shea, Dinosaur faces his newest foe … school. The cartoon style illustrations provide kid-friendly humor.




dinotruxDinotrux Go to School by Chris Gall

In this beginning reader, it’s the first day of school for the Dinotrux and they are worried. But when you’re part dinosaur and part truck, school can be lots of fun!




dogdaysDog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Brian Biggs

This story is reminiscent of Freaky Friday. Instead of going to school, Charlie wishes he could change places with his dog, Norman. For an entire week, Norman goes to school and has fun making a clay sculpture, learning to play the maracas, painting, and going on a field trip, though the teacher scolds him for chewing his pencil, and the table, and her shoes! Charlie, on the other hand, stares out the window watching leaves fall. He drinks from the toilet bowl and even endures a trip to the groomer. All ends well when Charlie wishes to be a boy again.


eddaEdda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School by Adam Auerbach

In Norse mythology, Valkyries guide and protect heroes. Edda is the littlest of her clan, and she feels lonely without any other Valkyries her age. Her father decides to send her to school on Earth. Children should be able to relate to Edda’s encouraging story as she struggles to survive her first day of school.



Eerie Elementary: The School is Aliveeerie by Jack Chabert, illus. by Sam Ricks

In this early chapter book, third-grader Sam, the school hall monitor, realizes the students are in danger.      The large font and frequent illustrations should help new readers gain confidence in tackling a chapter book!




Flip & Fin: We Rule the School!finflip by Timothy Gill, illus. by Neil Numberman

The sand shark twins get ready for Joke Day at school. Lots of kid-friendly jokes are interwoven into the story making for a silly read. The watercolor illustrations are humorous as well.




gusGus the Dinosaur Bus by Julia Liu, illus. by Bei Lynn

Gus the dinosaur has the job of transporting the children to school but his size causes traffic problems for the principal and the town. In the end, they find a new job for Gus, one which pleases everyone.




kittyKitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School? by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, illus. by Laura J. Bryant

The rhyming text has kitty enjoying a busy day of singing, learning, playing, and interacting with others. Children should enjoy searching for the small, brown mouse that is hidden on every page.



Lenny Goes to Nursery Schoollenny by Ken Wilson-Max

This is the fourth book about Lenny, an African American youngster who is getting ready to attend preschool for the first time.




lolaLittle Lola by Julie Saab, illus. by David Gothard

Lola, a curious little cat, loves everything about school. Her excitement provides an energetic introduction to the first day of school experience.




schoolbusThe Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Bob Kolar

In a simple, rhyming text, we spend a typical day with the little school bus. This is a companion volume to Cuyler’s The Little Dump Truck.




missnelsonThe Miss Nelson Collection by Harry Allard, illus. by James Marshall

Three classic stories, Miss Nelson is Missing!, Miss Nelson is Back, and Miss Nelson has a Field Day, are included in this newly released volume. These stories first appeared in 1977, 1983, and 1985, respectively, and are just as appealing today as they were nearly forty years ago!



monstersMonsters Love School by Mike Austin

Austin’s scribbly monsters demonstrate how great school is. Blue Monster is fearful about what the day will bring, but after a day filled with spelling lessons, history, library, art, and recess, Blue changes his tune. Lots of information about the first day of school is woven into the story.



onmywayOn My Way to School by Sarah Maizes, illus. by Michael Parakevas

In this companion volume to On My Way to the Bath and On My Way to Bed, Livi dawdles once again.  This time she imagines herself as a pirate, a chef, and an explorer, all while trying to get ready for school.




Pinkalicious and the New Teacherpink by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious gets a new teacher, and she’s not quite sure how she feels about it.




kindergartenPlanet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illus. by Shane Prigmore

A young child imagines going off to Kindergarten as a journey to another planet. This exciting story should ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten!




pout-poutThe Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, illus. by Dan Hanna

In rhyming verse, Mr. Fish reminisces about his first day of school. He was hesitant and lacked confidence until meeting his teacher, the understanding and reassuring Miss Hewitt.




preschoolPreschool Time by Mij Kelly, illus. by Mary McQuillan

When Suzy Sue goes to preschool for the first time, the farm animals miss her so much that they concoct a plan to get her back. Their plan goes by the wayside when they see how much fun there is to be had at school.




poseyPrincess Posey and the First Grade Boys by Stephanie Greene, illus. by Stephanie Roth Sisson

In this beginning chapter book, Posey gets in trouble when she makes up a not-so-nice song about one of the boys in her class.




readyReady and Waiting for You by Judi Moreillon, illus. by Catherine Stock

This reassuring book introduces all of the people a child will meet on her first day of school, from the bus driver to librarian to teacher to classmates.  Fold-out pages introduce this friendly cast of characters.




dogsReady, Set, Dogs!: Teacher’s Pets by Stephanie Calmenson & Joanna Cole, illus. by Heather Ross

Teacher’s Pets is the latest in the chapter book series, Ready, Set, Dogs! Katie and Lucie are dog loving best friends who can magically turn themselves into dogs. When their substitute teacher loses control of the class, Katie and Lucie, as dogs, save the day. Both Calmenson and Cole are acclaimed children’s book authors.



signingSigning at School: Sign Language for Kids by Kathryn Clay, illus. by Margeaux Lucas

This book introduces children to words and phrases useful for signing at school. The illustrations succeed in making the signs understandable.




Super Silly School Poemssupersilly by David Greenberg, illus. by Liza Woodruff

This collection of poems is sure to start the school year off with a laugh!




Favorites from the Past

ABC School Riddles ed. by Susan Joyce, illus. by Freddie Levin

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo, illus. by Amy Wummer

Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish, illus. by Lynne Avril

Arthur’s Teacher Trouble by Marc Brown

Back to School for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos, illus. by Nicole Rubel

The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Best Thing about Kindergarten by Jennifer Lloyd, illus. by Qin Leng

Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books by Diane deGroat

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for School? by Barney Saltzberg

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee, illus. by Harry Bliss

First Day of School by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Lizzy Rockwell

First Grade, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Will Hillenbrand

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen, illus. by Mark Teague

I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child

I Love School! by Philomen Sturges, illus. by Shari Halpern

I’m Not Ready! by Jonathan Allen

It’s Time for Preschool! by Esmé Raji Codell, illus. by Sue Ramá

Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes

Little Naomi, Little Chick by Avirama Golan, illus. by Raaya Karas

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Lunch Money and Other Poems About School by Carol DIggory Shields, illus. by Paul Meisel

Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins

Martha Bunny Loves School by Clara Vulliamy

Minerva Louise at School by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, illus. by Ashley Wolff

Mommy in My Pocket by Carol Hunt Senderak, illus. by Hiroe Nakata

Morris Goes to School by B. Wiseman

Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Buket Erdogan

Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou, illus. by Tricia Tusa

My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits, illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska

My Teacher by James Ransome

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing, illus. by Julie Durrell

Off to School, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest, illus. by Jill Barton

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illus. by Lynne Avril

School Bus by Donald Crews

Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill

This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters, illus. by Renée Andriani

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen, illus. by Lillian Hoban

Yoko by Rosemary Wells

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