Favorite Back to School Reads


Can you believe that September is here? I’m sure I say this every year, but summer really went by quickly. Time flies when you are having fun! With school back in session and fall right around the corner, now is a great time to pick up some great back to school titles to read as you settle in for a new year of learning. Below you’ll find some perennial favorites as well as some fresh new additions for you and your family to enjoy.

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff  

“If you take a mouse to school, he’ll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he’ll want a sandwich to go with it…” Anyone who has read Numeroff’s popular picture books can guess what may happen next! This classic back to school title is sure to provide laughs for young readers.

Chu’s First Day of School written by Neil Gaiman; Illustrated by Adam  Rex                          

Chu the panda is nervous about his first day of school and whether or not the other kids will like him. What will school be like? Will his classmates be nice? Many children will surely relate to Chu’s fears about starting school and feel reassured after reading this cute story. A sweet choice for preschoolers or kingergarteners. 

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary 

Ramona Quimby is super excited about her first day of kindergarten but her day doesn’t go as planned.  She just can’t rest during rest time and that is just the beginning of her troubles. This book takes places a year after Ramona the Brave and is a great read for first graders.

Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger 

This is the first book in the Amber Brown series in which we meet 3rd grader Amber. Readers will follow her throughout her school year as she must deal with some important changes at home, like her parents divorcing and her best friend moving. Third grade readers will find plenty to enjoy with this series.

Star Wars Jedi Academy: A New Class by Jarrett J. Krosoczka    

A New Class is the brand- new fourth book in the Jedi Academy series, following Jeffrey Brown’s great start to the series. Readers will be introduced to a young padawan, Victor Starspeeder, who is starting school at the Jedi Academy!   Victor has to deal with many of the same issues any kid must encounter at a new school- making new friends, not embarrassing his older sister, avoiding detention, figuring out which students may be Sith. Great for tween readers!

Middle School, The Worse Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts; Illustrated by Laura Park

Rafe has big plans for his first year of middle school- he decides he will try to break every rule in the school Code of Conduct! His best friend is awarding him points for each rule broken, but eventually he has to decide if winning is really worth all the trouble his game is bringing him. Full of humor and cool illustrations, readers will want to read this book before the movie adaptation comes out in October!

Stop in the library and check out one of these titles today! What are some of your family’s favorites back to school books?

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