For Kids and Their Grown-Ups: Back to School

Created by Laura Frantz, collection development library

The unofficial end of summer is almost upon us, which means the start of a new school year is also here. To help get kids and their grown-ups ready, the Library has curated a list of recent titles about first days and new experiences. Explore our Back to School book river on the catalog page to discover additional books.

Some of our favorite new releases are:

Kindergarten: Where Kindness Matters Every Day” by Vera Ahiyya; illustrated by Joey Chou

Leo, a quiet kid who is not ready for his first day of kindergarten, ends up having a great day when he makes a kindness pledge and discovers he knows a lot about being kind to others.

Puppy Bus” by Drew Brockington

A boy, worried about his first day at a new school, finds himself on the wrong bus, a bus full of puppies bound for Puppy School–and discovers that despite the strange food and an even weirder bathroom, Puppy School is a lot of fun.

The Queen of Kindergarten” by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Instilled with confidence by her parents, a young girl has a great first day of kindergarten. Also check out “The King of Kindergarten.”

That’s Not My Name” by Anoosha Syed

Mirha questions her name after her classmates continually pronounce it wrong on the first day of school so her mother helps her to learn the significance of her name and to be proud of it.

This Is a School” by John Schu; illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison

A school is more than just a building. It’s a community of people, a place for discovery, and a place to explore.

Some perennial favorites include:

The Pigeon Has to Go to School” by Mo Willems

The School Book” by Todd Parr

School’s First Day of School” by Adam Rex

Time for School, Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins