Back-to-School Books


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Looking for some books to read to your kids as they prepare to go back to school? Dana Folkerts, the Youth Services Librarian at Thomas Ford Memorial Library put together a list of back-to-school and “first day” books! They also have back-to-school books on display at Thomas Ford right now.


Picture Books:

Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
Clark finds everything about school fun and exciting, but his enthusiasm causes problems until he begins inventing rhymes to remind himself to stay cool at school.

Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

Minerva Louise at School by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Out for an early morning walk, a chicken wanders into a school that she mistakes for a fancy barn.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
A gingerbread man searches all over the school for the group of children that made him and then left him behind.

ollies school dayOllie’s School Day: A Yes-and-No Book by Stephanie Calmenson
Involve children in this story with yes or no questions as Ollie gets dressed, spends a day at school, and returns home.

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum
A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at “the big kids’ school,” must calm his very worried mother.


Chapter Books for Independent Readers or to Read Aloud:

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
Ramona meets a lot of interesting people in kindergarten class, including Davy, whom she keeps trying to kiss, and Susan, whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the 30th floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
When Kitty’s owners have finally had enough of her bad behavior, it’s time to ship her off to obedience school.

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Greene
Posey’s fear of starting first grade is alleviated when her teacher invites the students to wear their most comfortable clothes to school on the first day.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Thanks Dana!

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  • “Miss Nelson is Missing” and “Sideways Stories” were two of my favorites! I can’t wait to share with H & M!!


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