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Back to School Books! Great books for getting kids excited and ready to head back to school!



Goodnight Dorm Room: All the Advice I Wish I Got Before Going to College by Sam Kaplan & Keith Reigert

From dorm room etiquette and where to make friends to which classes to pick and why flip-flops are a must, “Goodnight Dorm Room” will get each and every high school graduate prepped for college success--and in rhymes, no less. This is the ultimate graduation present, one that guarantees to calm the nerves before beginning the best four years of your life.


Sophie's Squash Go To School by Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf

On Sophie's first day of school, none of her classmates appreciate her two best friends, Bonnie and Baxter, baby squash that she grew in her garden. Even worse, one classmate, Steven Green, won't leave Sophie alone. He sits by her at circle time. He plays near her at recess. Steven just wants to be friends. but Sophie isn't interested. Still, Sophie knows that her squash friends won't last forever. Maybe it would be nice to have some human friends after all.

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It’s Just So by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco.

It’s Just So…hard or just so… scary or just so… new OR just so unexpectedly wonderful–these are some of the emotions adventurous Lizzy goes through on her first day of school. This must read book will prepare children ages four through eight for their first day–with bright and colorful illustrations, a bold protagonist, and a lesson in making friends, this book will be loved by parents and children alike.


The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing

“Twas the night before preschool, alarm clocks were set. All the children were cuddling their favorite plush pets.” Youngest scholars who may have a slight case of the jitters will love this sturdy board book edition with the compete text of the best-selling book.


Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup by Dr. Chrystal de Freitas

Jake welcomes his kindergarten checkup with Dr. Dee but fears the necessary and inevitable shots. His tag-along sister Chloe increases his fear at each step of the exam until her surprising empathy helps Jake muster the courage to complete the checkup. The two head home, Jake Kindergarten-bound, both deliciously rewarded.


Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke

A little boy imagines a place where all dads learn their amazing skill, like giving piggyback rides and making giant sandwiches for lunch. With warm, silly illustrations and a fun role-reversal story in which dads act like kids, young readers will love imagining what would happen if their own dads went to Dad School.


Clifford Goes to Kindergarten by Norman Bridwell

Emily Elizabeth is starting kindergarten and she's a little nervous. Good thing the teacher sent a note home that says each child can bring something from home to make their transition a little easier. But the teacher didn't bet on a child bringing something-or someone-as big as Clifford.


Beginner's United States Atlas by National Geographic Kids

Each of the easy-to-read maps has been custom designed for children, and full-color photographs supplement the lively text and make people, places and natural wonders come to life.

Published: June 2016