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School Days

The backpack is packed, the lunch money is in hand, and oh it's time for a new school year! Getting ready for school means a lot of changes -- a new grade, teachers, friends, and routines, but it's all fun and safe when shared within the covers of a book. Kids ages 0-9 will enjoy the recommended children's books on this list, which are all about going to school.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books

By: Diane De Groat
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

With support from a wise teacher, Gilbert discovers that everyone can do different things well, including making new friends, on the day he begins first grade and his little sister starts preschool.

Danitra Brown, Class Clown

By: Nikki Grimes
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Zuri and Danitra are best friends, but have very different responses to school from first day jitters all the way to the halfway mark of the school year. Poems combine with luminous watercolors to chronicle the girls' range of experiences and concerns.

First 100 Words (Bright Baby)

By: Roger Priddy
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Everyday objects drawn from a baby’s world are presented in crisp, brightly colored boxes clearly labeled in black typeface. Photographs and words show feelings, home, mealtime and more for a total of 100 things to point to and talk about with the very young

Hunter's Best Friend at School

By: L.M. Elliott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Hunter learns that even though he and Stripe are best friends, he can still be true to his feelings. The gentle text and humorous illustrations demonstrate the difficulty presented by peer pressure. Hunter and Stripe become rivals but resolve it in Hunter & Stripe and the Soccer Showdown (2005)

In the Leaves

By: Huy Voun Lee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

On a beautiful autumn morning, Xiao Ming, his mom and his friends visit a farm. As they explore the season and the location, Xiao Ming introduces his friends to several Chinese characters. Textured cut paper collage extend the story and the learning.

Moony Luna

By: Jorge Argueta
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Five-year-old Luna is afraid she'll find monsters at her new school until a kind teacher and her new classmates show her that she has nothing to fear in this touching bilingual story.

Panda Math: Learning about Subtraction from Hua Mei & Mei Sheng

By: Ann W. Nagda
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In 2003, two giant pandas gave birth to Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo. Hua Mei’s growth is chronicled using basic addition and subtraction while life with her parents at the zoo is presented on opposing pages. Clear photographs and straightforward text provide a fascinating portrait of these engaging animals while introducing math functions..

Ready, Set, Preschool: Stories, Poems & Picture Games

By: Anna Jane Hays
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Children and their parents are encouraged to get ready for preschool in stories, poem and games that deal with a range of skills and topics: basic shapes, friends, the alphabet, body parts, and more. Activities and information are vivified with cartoon-like illustrations that create movement and show the action. A note for parents completes this attractive package.


By: Emily McCully
Illustrated by: Emily McCully
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Bitty, the smallest mouse in the family is sure that her mother won’t miss her when she follows the big kids to school. Of course Bitty’s mom misses her but Bitty is taken into school and becomes the teacher’s helper until her worried mom comes to pick her up. The author/illustrator has newly added a minimal text to this once wordless but still winning tale of the younger sibling left behind.

Schoolyard Rhymes

By: Judy Sierra
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Rhymes, games and even insults have been part of an oral tradition as long as there have been children, outdoor activities and playgrounds (remember “Liar, liar, pants on fire…”or “I’m rubber, you’re glue….”?). These lively ditties combine with humorous illustrations for a contemporary and playful look at a shared childhood tradition.

The Best Seat in Second Grade

By: Katharine Kenah
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When not picked as pet helper, second grader, Sam, decides to take the class hamster on their field trip. Unfortunately, George Washington gets mixed up with other hamsters at the science museum but Sam proves that he is knowledgeable and saves the day (or at least the hamster). Children will recognize Sam’s behavior and his emotions in this easy to read school story.

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