5 Back to School Books Kids will Love

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We’re back at it! School has started and my kids are getting used to new teachers, routines and meeting new friends.

Sometimes the best way to get kids ready to go back to school is with a good book.

Reading stories about school is a good way to get children mentally ready to go back and to learn more about what to expect.

.Back to School books for everyone.

Here are 5 Harper Collins back to school themed books perfect to get your kids ready for the year ahead:

  • 1 > On the First Day of First Grade
  • Ages 4-8
  • From choosing books to read to building things with clay to performing in a play, there are many exciting firsts to look forward to. Saying goodbye to mom and dad can be hard, but when the school bus pulls up, it’s time for some first-grade fun!
  • On the first day of first grade by Trish Rabe
  • 2 > Why I Love School
  • Ages 4-8
  • This heartwarming book combines endearing things said by children about school, with gentle illustrations of familiar animals. And from learning new things to playing together, there is a lot to celebrate!
  • Why I Love School
  • 3 > Ready or Not, Woolbur Goes to School
  • Ages 4-8
  • The free-spirited, fluffy, one-of-a-kind sheep Woolbur is on his way to school, and he’s MORE than ready…But Maa and Paa aren’t so sure. What if Woolbur isn’t exactly ready for school He’s different. He’s unusual. And his new hairdo is kooky! At school, Woolbur loves trying new things like drawing outside of the lines and eating grass. (No wonder his parents were worried!) The rest of his classmates are nervous about their first day and aren’t excited about trying anything new. Will Woolbur’s excitement help show his friends that doing something different, or unusual, or kooky is the best way to get ready for school?
  • Ready or Not, Woolbur goes to school by Leslie Helakoski
  • 4 > Shark Dog and the School Trip Rescue
  • Ages 4 – 8
  • Splash! It’s a shark! Woof! No wait, it’s a dog! Hey! It’s Shark Dog: a one-of-a-kind pet! And this time, he’s joining Ms. Ablett’s class on their school trip. For Shark Dog, a trip to the woods means: Jumping in a pond full of frogs! Frolicking in mud! And shaking off mud! The great outdoors is loads of fun and nothing short of an adventure for a pet like Shark Dog. But the muddy fun stops when there’s a loud cry coming from the woods. An animal is in trouble, and it’s up to Shark Dog to save the day!
  • Shark Dog and the School Trip Rescue by Ged Adamson
  • 5 > The School of Good and Evil (Books 1 – 4)
  • Ages 8 -12
  • Journey into a dazzling new world when two best friends enter the School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. One will train for Good, one will become Evil’s new hope. Each thinks they know where they belong. But when the two friends are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes are reversed…. The aftermath leads to unexpected paths, new alliances, and forces that divide them in an exhilarating quest to find their true Ever After.
  • The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

I’ve been reading these books with my kids this week and they have really helped get their minds ready for school again. These books have brought up many great conversations and have been fun to read together.

All books mentioned above are now available in bookstores and online.

.5 Great Back to School Books from Harper Collins for everyone in the family.


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  1. Because we live in the country with no other kids around…..my child likes the socializing with other kids the best about going back to school.

  2. My twins are in preschool (they are JK age, but we don’t have JK where we live). They love playing with moon sand and doing crafts. My oldest is in grade 1 and loves her new school. She likes math and science best.

  3. My daughter just started JK! she loves her teacher and the sand table. she is there all the time making sand castles

  4. My children both love math class, their Teachers and their friends. Makes it so much easier that they look forward to school everyday.

  5. My granddaughter just started JK and she said she loves everything about school so far, she loves her teacher and her new friends

  6. My 7 are all adults as for the grandchildren I’m not sure there is any one thing however I do know that they were looking forward to going back and meeting friends they’d not seen during the break.

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