Thoughts of back-to-school preparations conjure up so many emotions: dread, excitement, nervousness and wonder. As the countdown to the first day begins, don’t forget to savor the last bits of summer. Stay up a little late reading, or take a book out to into the sunshine. We’ve rounded up some good books to help you kick back and relax while your little students mentally prepare for a return to the classroom.
Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton
If you haven’t met Splat The Cat, you should make his acquaintance. Sweet, passive Splat is always the “underdog,” and my kids love to hear his stories unfold. In this end-of-summer story, Splat struggles to complete his homework for the first day of school–a show-and-tell item from his summer adventures. This story is available in audio and digital formats, too.
The Berenstain Bears Go To School by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Berenstain Bears. Enough said, right? No childhood is complete without lessons from Stan and Jan Berenstain. In this story, Sister Bear deals with a case of nerves as she prepares for kindergarten. With her family’s help, she settles into school just fine.
This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters
This story celebrates the excitement and promise of the new year ahead, while exploring differing outlooks.
The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz
In this beautifully illustrated book for kids that are a little bit older, you’ll head to a new school with John and his vivid imagination.
The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing
Explore the excitement and jitters as Billy prepares for preschool in this short and sweet tale.
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
Told from the silly perspective of the school, read along through the first day: jitters, a rough start, and the common emotions everyone experiences.
How Not to Start Third Grade by Cathy Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum
In this funny Step Into Reading Book (4), Will is excited to go back to school, but reluctant about his troublesome kindergartner brother’s presence.
What are your family’s favorite back-to-school books? Let us know in the comments.