Children’s Back to School Books

The kids are a little bummed out because the lazy hazy days of summer are coming to a close and school is only a few short weeks away. The stores are filled with parents buying school supply essentials from clothing to backpacks to lunchboxes to pens and paper. Some kids might get the jitters if it’s their first year, their first time in a new school, or even if they’re wizards at navigating lockers. There are lots of books on the market that will not only entertain kids but reassure them that school is a great place. Here are a few that are bound to be popular.

School’s First Day of School

During the summer holidays, a brand new school was built for the children in the neighborhood. It’s big, it’s filled with classroom supplies and soon will be occupied with little kids eager to learn. This book is about school, but from the perspective of the school itself.

Now, summer is over and 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. The school notices kids playing on his jungle gym, some are playing ball, while others are bored and disgruntled about being back at school. Once inside and lessons start, the kids are getting into the groove of another school year.

Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria

Kyle is a nerd and enjoys reading about bugs. It’s the first day of school and he’s on the bus absorbed in his book when Ginny interrupts and starts talking about the cafeteria. The more she talks, the more his stomach flip-flops and his anxiety grows as she made him write down the 7 important rules about surviving the cafeteria. Geez!

This cheeky and colorful book addressing kids’ anxiety about unfamiliar situations. It lists and explains the rules a kid must follow to survive the perilous world of the school cafeteria. Warnings about the pitfalls lurking in the lunchroom have Kyle imagining and fearing the worst, as the server, the lunch ladies, the cashier, and the menacing big kids become terrifying giant insects in his eyes. Kyle inadvertently breaks every rule but winds up enjoying his lunch-and overcoming his fears. Did Kyle follow the 7 rules and survive the first day of school? You’ll have to get the book and find out!

Zombelina School Days

What, Zombies go to school? Of course and drop-dead gorgeous Zombelina can’t wait. The only thing Zombelina loves as much as dancing is going to school! When it’s time for show and tell, her new friend, Morty, experiences a terrible case of stage fright . . . something Zombelina knows all about. Zombelina has an idea to help Morty work through his jitters-a big dance party! After all, friends who dance together, stay together!

Starring in her third picture book, this adorable, zombie ballerina tackles themes of family, friendship, and school day anxiety. The rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud, and the delightfully spooky illustrations are full of charm and heart.