Back to School

Starting school can be hard, whether it's your first day of Kindergarten, or you're just starting out college. Below, find some stories and guides to help you through this. And for those older kids, don't forget to get your Assigned Summer Reading done!
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School's First Day of School Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596439641
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 28th, 2016

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

We Love Our School!: A Read-Together Rebus Story Cover Image
By Judy Sierra, Linda Davick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781101940259
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Published: Dragonfly Books - July 12th, 2016

This picture book about the first day of school, featuring a frog, a duck, a mouse, and a snail, combines a story in rhyme with colorful graphic rebuses, making it a fun book for parent and child to share in the reading. Children about to enter kindergarten or first grade who long to be able to read will get a sense of accomplishment by "reading" the little rebus pictures in the story.

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062373458
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 14th, 2016

Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Lynne Rae Perkins introduces a boy (Frank) and a dog (Lucky) in this celebratory, wry, and happily unconventional introduction to the subjects children encounter in school. This beautifully illustrated, humorous, and insightful picture book offers a new twist on the classic boy-and-his-dog story!

Sophie's Squash Go to School Cover Image
By Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553509441
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - June 28th, 2016

This charming sequel to the beloved Sophie's Squash is the perfect antidote to the back-to-school jitters. Sophie goes to school for the first time and has no interest in making friends that aren't squash. Here's a gently humorous read-aloud that proves that making friends, just like growing squash, takes time.

Ottoline Goes to School Cover Image
By Chris Riddell, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061449000
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - June 23rd, 2009

Ottoline Brrown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe, are going away to school . . . and they're not scared in the least--even if it is haunted

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ISBN: 9780316265980
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - May 3rd, 2016

Inner city middle school student Kenny Wright imagines himself as a superhero-but when he faces peer pressure and bullying, can he find his strength in real life?

The Worst Years of My Life (Middle School #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316101691
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - November 6th, 2012

Discover the #1 bestselling middle-grade comic that inspired a major motion picture: Children's Choice Award winner James Patterson has never been more hilarious and heartwarming.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439020817
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ) - July 1st, 2007

What would you do if a very large dinosaur stomped into your classroom? Come along for a very unusual day where dinosaurs show-and-tell - school has never been so much fun.

Chu's First Day of School Board Book Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062371492
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Published: HarperFestival - June 23rd, 2015

A picture book school story featuring the New York Times bestselling panda named Chu from Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and acclaimed illustrator Adam Rex! This board book edition is perfect for the youngest Neil Gaiman fans.

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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419710544
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

A 2015 Pura Belpr Illustrator Honor Book and a 2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

The Girl's Guide: Getting the Hang of Your Whole Complicated, Unpredictable, Impossibly Amazing Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761180128
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Published: Workman Publishing - April 7th, 2015

A colossal cheat sheet for your post-college years, answering all the needs of the modern woman--from mastering money to placating overly anxious parents, from social media etiquette to the pleasure and pain of dating (and why it's not a clich to love yourself first).

How to Survive Your Freshman Year Cover Image
By Mark W. Bernstein (Created by), Yadin Kaufmann (Created by), Scott Silverman (Editor)
ISBN: 9781933512617
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Published: Hundreds of Heads Books - April 2nd, 2013

BRAND NEW Fifth Edition of this perennial best seller How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something interesting to say about it.

Timothy Goes to School Cover Image
By Rosemary Wells, Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140567427
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Published: Puffin Books - July 1st, 2000

Timothy is very excited about starting school--until he meets Claude. Claude sits next to him, and he wears all the right clothes, says all the right things, and garners all the praise from his teacher and classmates.

The Kissing Hand [With Stickers] Cover Image
By Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933718002
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Published: Tanglewood - October 15th, 1993

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688147327
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Published: Greenwillow Books - December 30th, 2008

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451639612
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 19th, 2013

This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Stephen Covey's cherished classic commemorates the timeless wisdom of the 7 Habits.

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By Natasha Wing, Amy Wummer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780448454511
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - May 12th, 2011

It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he's too excited about going back The book's simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child's fears about the first day of school.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316322423
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2015


As seen on Netflix with David Letterman
"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

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Emily's First 100 Days of School Cover Image
By Rosemary Wells, Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786813544
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - August 23rd, 2005

Emily is ready for her first day of school. There's so much to do: learning the alphabet, singing, reading books, dancing, and counting, starting with the very first day. One hundred days feels very far away, but day by day, Emily and her classmates see they're getting closer. And as the lessons they learn begin to add up, their world expands.

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492613329
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Published: Sourcebooks - April 1st, 2015

For 10 years (and counting), The Naked Roommate has been the #1 go-to guide for your very best college experience

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761184997
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Published: Workman Publishing - July 14th, 2015

By showing that kitchen skill, and not budget, is the key to great food, Good and Cheap will help you eat well--really well--on the strictest of budgets.

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ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - October 21st, 2014

Winner of the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award

Forewords by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola) Cover Image
By Lauren Child, Lauren Child (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763628871
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 9th, 2005

"The children's relationship is refreshingly noncombative, with Charlie as the protective and affectionate older brother who is appreciative of, rather than annoyed by, his sister's quirkiness."
-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)


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