Back to School with Book in Hand!

We know you’ve been reading all summer – for fun! There’s no need to stop now. Back to School is a transition best celebrated (or soothed) by a book!

Here are some of our favorite back-to-school reads for the hesitant kindergartner all the way to those middle schoolers who seem to forget the benefits of a bit of hesitation.

1. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

It’s a classic. If you haven’t read it, put it on your list. There’s no age limit for this one – it will bring tears to mom’s eyes (in a good way!).

2. Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee and Harry Bliss.

Experience the anxieties of a five-year-old on her ten day countdown to kindergarten. The drama builds inside her head and revolves around shoelaces. The story resolves itself at school where all the kids’ unrealistic expectations are put to rest.  

3. David Goes to School by David Shannon.

If you’re not familiar with David, it’s time to get to know him at school. David is not an expected behavioral role model, but in spite of his best efforts to stink it up, David ends up with a gold star at the end of the day.

4. Back to School Weird Kids Rule by Dan Gutman.

For the middle-elementary years, back to school just needs a reminder that it could be worse. That’s where the “Weird” kids come in. When the kids end up at a camp that’s all about getting ready for school, ick, they make the best of it.

5. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar and Julie Brinckloe.

For the middle schooler whose back-to-school issues may be helped along with a giggle. The “Sideways Stories” are goofy, quick reads that don’t pretend to have much moral value (although a lesson or two does sneak in). All in all, it’s a good break from those serious summer reading assignments.


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