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Back to School (Picture Books)

Get ready to go back to school with these unique stories.

Llama Llama back to school by Anna Dewdney

"Summer is Llama's favorite time, so when the calendar shows that the beginning of school is just a few days away, is Llama ready?"--

The dinos on the bus by Peter Millett

In a retelling of the popular children's song "The Wheels on the Bus," a group of rowdy dinosaurs travel up, down, and all around the land

This is a school by John Schu

"A school isn't just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for discovery and asking questions. A place for sharing, for helping, and for community. It is a place of hope and healing, even when that community can't betogether in the same room"--

Sounds like school spirit by Meg Fleming

Rhyming text follws these kids as they go back to school, make new friends, and build a community.

Kindergarten : where kindness matters every day by Vera Ahiyya

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.

The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Instilled with confidence by her parents, a young girl has a great first day of kindergarten.

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick D Barnes

Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.

The one and only Sparkella by Channing Tatum

"Ella is excited for her first day at a new school. Glimmering pencil case? Check! Shimmering backpack? Check! Glittery ribbons in her hair? Check! She can't wait to meet the other kids and share her sparkly personality. But her first day doesn't go quite as planned: Her new classmates don't like her disco-ball shoes, her PB&J-with-sprinkles sandwich, or her rainbow-y unicorn painting. Ella decides to try to be less sparkly at school the next day so the other kids won't make fun of her. But with a little help from her dad, she soon learns the importance of just being herself, no matter what other people say."--Publisher description

School is cool! by Sabrina Moyle

This energetic picture book prepares young readers for their first day of school with humor and encouragement.

Little bat in night school by Brian Lies

Little Bat is excited about his first night in school! Readers will love to see him spread his wings in this sweet, inspiring picture book from New York Times best-selling and Caldecott Honor-winning Brian Lies. Perfect for fans of We Don't Eat Our Classmates and The King of Kindergarten

First day critter jitters by Jory John

Young animal students attending their first day of school navigate nervousness, apprehension, and a tendency to hop around before meeting their armadillo teacher, who is just as nervous as they are.

Mitsy the oven mitt goes to school : a story about being brave by Chad Chenail

Even though Mitsy is an oven mitt she is terrified of ovens, but when she is accepted to Miss Copperpot's Academy for Useful Utensils she learns how to conquer her fears. Includes chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Beautifully me by Nabela Noor

Zubi, a happy Bangladeshi girl, is excited about her first day of school, but at breakfast she is puzzled by her mother and older sister worrying about being "too big," and even at school she hears other people criticizing each other's bodies, and she starts to worry that maybe something is wrong with how she looks--until her declaration at dinner that she is on a diet makes her family realize what they have been doing wrong.

Gibberish by Young Vo

When Dat starts school in a country where he does not speak the language, everything around him sound like gibberish until a new friend helps him make sense of his new world.

Time for school, little blue truck by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the road. They see all the little animals lined up in the school bus's many windows, and Blue wishes he could be a school bus too. What a fun job--but much too big for a little pickup like Blue. Or is it? When somebody misses the bus, it's up to Blue to get his friend to school on time. Beep! Beep! Vroom!

Lola goes to school by Anna McQuinn

Lola meets new friends and tries many new things on her fun but exhausting first day of school.

Isabel and her colores go to school by Alexandra Alessandri

"English just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers her native Spanish. As she prepares for a new school, she knows she's going to have to learn. Her first day is uncomfortable, until she employs her crayons and discovers there's more than one way to communicate with new friends"--

Little Ghoul goes to school by Jef Czekaj

"Little Ghoul is nervous about her first day of school. Her mom assures her that it will be great: The teachers will be scary. The lunch will be revolting! And the other classmates will be spine-tingling and creepy"--

The world needs more purple schools by Kristen Bell

"Penny Purple taught us how to be a purple person. A person who finds common ground with others while celebrating what makes them unique! Now Penny and her pals will put their purple skills into action in their very favorite place--their classroom! How do you make a purple school? It will take curiosity, sharing, hard work, and lots of laughs"--

Turkey goes to school by Wendi Silvano

When he discovers that animals aren't allowed to attend school, Turkey must find a way to show the principal and students that turkeys--and their friends--do belong in school.

Hurry, Little Tortoise, time for school! by Carrie Finison

In order to be on time for her first day of school, Little Tortoise hurries and goes as fast as she can, but despite her best efforts she is passed by all her friends along the way

CoComelon. Ready for school!

"Come along with JJ as he packs his backpack and lunch box. Once he arrives at school, he plays with his classmates, eats lunch, takes a nap, and learns about colors and shapes with his classmates"--

One boy watching by Grant Snider

"This lyrical picture book follows one boy's early morning bus ride to school and the many things he observes"--

El Cucuy is scared, too! by Donna Barba Higuera

Ramaon is worried about his first day at a new school, but it helps to remind El Cucuy, the monster who lives in his cactus pot, of how brave and strong they both are.

Drawing outdoors by Jairo Buitrago

"Maybe your school has a playground, gym, computers, and a library. But at this school in a faraway mountain range, things are a little different. There's a blackboard, some chairs..and not much else. But with the help of an extraordinary teacher and a little imagination, anything is possible! The students in this spirited picture book spend their days drawing dinosaurs outdoors. They draw astounding, spectacular creatures that come to life before their eyes, and turn their school into a wondrous place, where any child would want to go and learn"--

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.

Pinkalicious and the new teacher by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious has a hard time adjusting to a new teacher on her first day of school

School's first day of school by Adam Rex

"It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself"--
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