Best “Back to School” Books for Starting School


Best "Back to School" Books for Starting School | Denver Metro Moms BlogLast year we entered the world of backpacks, school supplies, and the get-to-school hustle. It was only a two day a week preschool, which my son will continue this coming year, but it was a big step for him (and us). Like I do in most situations, I turned to books to help ease the transition. With that in mind, here is a list of the best back to school books for your child’s first day of pre-K, elementary school, or a new school.

Books for Preschoolers:

Daniel Goes to School: This is a book version of the infamous episode of the PBS favorite about how “grown-ups come back.” It’s in your head now. You’re welcome.

The Night Before Preschool: Another book in the “Night Before” Series, this is a book that shows what the first day of school is like.

The Kissing Hand: I dare you to read this before your little one’s first day of school and NOT cry. Doing the “kissing hand” trick with your preschooler might be a great tangible ritual for them when they feel a little separation anxiety.

David Goes to School: Everyone’s favorite trouble maker–David–goes to school and has to follow the rules.

Books for Kindergarten

Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten: Perfect for your soon-to-be kindergartner, this book uses an “ABC” format and lyrical rhymes to show your little one what kindergarten might be like.

Wemberly Worried: Kevin Henkes is one of my all time favorite children’s book authors. It doesn’t hurt that he hails from my college town: Madison, WI (go Badgers!), but I digress. This sweet story is about a little mouse named Wemberly who is a a little, shall we say, high strung. A great book for those of us who have more anxious kids. Heck, it was a good book for me to read.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes: Pete the Cat is just fun, and this lighthearted book about going to school will get your kid excited.

Books for Elementary and up

Thank you, Mr. Falker: An autobiographical tale of one girl starting school and who struggles with reading, this book is about the power of great teachers and learning to overcome a struggle.

Ramona the Pest: This one would be a fun read aloud for a younger elementary school child, or a great read-on-your-own book for an older one. Everyone’s favorite little sister is starting school!

Each Kindness: This acclaimed book about bullying and kindness is an important message in today’s world.

Wonder: Ten-year-old Auggie was born with a facial deformity and starts public school after being homeschooled. A great book and a great way to jumpstart a conversation about interacting with people who may be different (and not so different, after all) from us.

As we head into the school, let’s use these books to help our kids be ready for the school day, and, more importantly, to teach kindness to those those around them.

Happy Reading!

What are your favorite back to school books?

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Allie is a Denver transplant from the frozen tundra known as Wisconsin. She and her husband have loved building a life here in the Metro area and are the parents to two great kids: a sweet and rambunctious toddler boy and newborn baby daughter. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Education and English/Language Arts, she is passionate about teaching kids to love learning (and especially books!). She's a self-proclaimed "bookworm" and is set to launch Stacks and Shelves- a blog with all sorts of bookish recommendations in the coming months. Aside from mothering, Allie is involved with her awesome church, loves girls' nights and iced coffee, and binge watching Netflix with her husband after the parenting torture known as the bedtime routine commences for the evening. Twitter: @allierasmussen Instagram: @allierasmussen1


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