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
B. 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.
Chu’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.
Dinosaur 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.
Dinotrux 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!
Dog 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.
Edda: 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 Alive 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! 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.
Gus 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.
Kitty 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 School 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.
Little 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.
The 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.
The 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!
Monsters 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.
On 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 Teacher by Victoria Kann
Pinkalicious gets a new teacher, and she’s not quite sure how she feels about it.
Planet 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!
The 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.
Preschool 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.
Princess 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.
Ready 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.
Ready, 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.
Signing 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 Poems 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