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Looking for a list of the best children's books about elementary school?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to elementary school. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about elementary school.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about elementary school, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Ellie May on April Fool’s Day to popular sellers like Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot.

We hope this list of kids books about elementary school can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Poppy's Best Paper
Written by Susan Eaddy & illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Fans of Olivia and Lilly will delight in Poppy, a little rabbit with big dreams—and an even bigger personality.

More than anything, Poppy wants to be a verrrry famous writer. She’s sure Mrs. Rose will pick her paper to read to the whole class! Trouble is, she has tall ambitions but is short on effort, and her jealousy takes over when her best friend’s paper is chosen instead. In the end, Poppy discovers that she has to get out of her own way if her big dreams are going to come true.

Rosalinde’s adorable, expressive illustrations make memorable, quirky Poppy a real star!

My Weirder-est School #2: Miss Porter Is Out of Order!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 23 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In this second book in the My Weirder-est School series, A.J. and his friends are getting a substitute. Miss Porter isn’t your average teacher, though. She’s a Personal Digital Assistant that literally knows everything. She can tell a million hundred weird jokes and get pizza delivered by drone in seconds! But what happens when Miss Porter’s system is no longer set to fun? Will anyone be able to shut her down before she takes over Ella Mentry? Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies
Written & illustrated by Carmen Oliver
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

All the students in the class are assigned reading buddies, except for Adelaide. She already has one, a bear! And Adelaide is quite persuasive as she explains to her language arts teacher, Mrs. Fitz-Pea, and the reader, that bears really do make the best reading buddies: they sniff out good books and their claws are just right for turning pages. And the bear looks rather friendly (and studious) in these crayon-bright, contemporary illustrations, making this is must-read picture book for story time!

Ellie May on April Fool's Day
Written by Hillary Homzie & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Ellie May can’t believe her class is allowed to celebrate April Fools’ Day—so long as it’s done in good fun. Practicing on her parents and sisters, Ellie May brainstorms harmless pranks. Soon enough, good intentions turn her classroom and home upside-down when fake ants, trick tape, and hidden surprises don’t go as planned. Ellie May may not be perfect like Miss-Know-itAll Ava but she eventually realizes that the best trick is to make friends genuinely laugh—at no one’s expense.

Hat Trick
Written by Alex Morgan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The Kicks are dedicated to soccer and to friendship—but can they balance all their goals? Find out in book four in the fun and empowering New York Times bestselling middle grade series from star soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and World Cup champion, Alex Morgan.

Now that playoffs are over, the Kicks won’t be playing together again until the spring. But soccer-crazy Devin can’t imagine a life without soccer! She and her friends decide to try out for a travel team in a very competitive local league, but not everyone makes the cut.

Meanwhile, Devin’s little sister, Maisie, wants to try out for her elementary school’s soccer program. But due to budget cuts, the program has been eliminated! The Kicks rally together to help raise money—and volunteer to help with four different projects on the same day!

Things get hectic as the girls deal with the challenges of being on the competitive, tougher team; figuring out how to keep their friendships together as they all go in different directions; and trying to save the elementary school’s soccer program. If they can pull off all three, it will be a true hat trick!

  • Mr. Will Needs to Chill! - With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In this eleventh book in the My Weirdest School series, local ice-cream man Mr. Will is bringing delicious treats to Ella Mentry School! But Dr. Carbles has banned desserts forever and will stop at nothing to ensure that no one breaks the rules. Will A.J. and the gang ever get to enjoy the sweet taste of a push-up pop again?! Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  • My Weirdest School #11: Mr. Will Needs to Chill! - With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In this eleventh book in the My Weirdest School series, local ice-cream man Mr. Will is bringing delicious treats to Ella Mentry School! But Dr. Carbles has banned desserts forever and will stop at nothing to ensure that no one breaks the rules. Will A.J. and the gang ever get to enjoy the sweet taste of a push-up pop again?! Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  • Miss Newman Isn't Human! - With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In this tenth book in the new My Weirdest School series, Sprinkles Newman, the local TV meteorologist, is coming to Ella Mentry School! She’s going to teach A.J. and the gang all about the weather. But what happens when a real live (well, not live) hurricane comes to the school? Hold on to your umbrellas! Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  • Ms. Cuddy Is Nutty! - With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In the second book in the laugh-out-loud My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are about to get a wonderful gift—a million dollars! A.J. and the gang vote to create an in-school, state-of-the-art TV station so the morning announcements can be broadcast to all the classes. There’s even enough money to hire Ms. Cuddy, a new digital media arts teacher who knows a thing or two about broadcasting. But soon Ms. Cuddy decides the ratings on the announcements are too low, and the show needs to “get more eyeballs.” How long will the camera keep rolling? Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

Ellie May on Presidents' Day
Written by Hillary Homzie & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Ellie May really wants to be her second-grade class’s flag leader during the Pledge of Allegiance, however her enthusiasm and hyperactivity keep getting in the way, both in school and at home—but maybe learning everything about various presidents, dressing the part, or pleading her case will finally get her teacher to pick her, rather than the well-behaved Ava.

Miss Tracy Is Spacey!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 11 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

In this ninth book in the new My Weirdest School series, Miss Universe is coming to Ella Mentry School! Her real name is Miss Tracy, and she’s a retired scientist who will teach the students about planets and the solar system. But what happens when A.J. is cast as the planet Uranus in the school play?

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

Ms. Joni Is a Phony!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

In this seventh book in the My Weirdest School series, it’s picture day at Ella Mentry School! This year, Mr. Klutz has hired a weird photographer, Ms. Joni. She keeps saying “fabulous,” and she wants to turn A.J. into a supermodel. But what happens when the Picture Day Zombie makes an appearance? Run for your lives!

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang.

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-18

There’s something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it’s smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks! Steer clear — it’s Sir Stinks-A-Lot!

George and Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going. Two of them go to school, while the other two hide in the tree house and play video games all day — then they switch! But when their malicious gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, creates a method of mind-control that turns their fellow students into attentive, obedient, perfect children, the future of all humanity will be in their hands!

Captain Awesome for President
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In the twentieth Captain Awesome adventure, Eugene decides to run for class president! After much thought (actually, really not that much), Eugene has made a big decision. He’s decided to run for class president! But there’s a hitch. Meredith Mooney, a.k.a. Little Miss Stinky Pinky, has also decided to run! Since Eugene can’t reveal to his classmates his identity as Captain Awesome, he has to figure out some other way to prove to them that he’s the one for the job! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

  • The Werewolf Bully - When the Moon is full Frankenstein Elementary is disrupted by Harriet the werewolf and her gang of were-bullies, and tonight they have a new target, a mummy (who is actually a human boy wrapped in toilet paper)—so Brian the zombie and his monster friends come up with a plan to protect the human boy and defeat the bullies.

  • My Weirder-est School #1: Dr. Snow Has Got to Go! - In this first book in the My Weirder-est School series, Ella Mentry School is having a science fair! Guest scientist Dr. Snow has arrived to help A.J. and his friends conduct their own cool experiments. But what is “the Snowman” really planning? And what does S.T.E.M. even stand for, anyway? Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  • Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables - Alexander is used to finding monsters everywhere in Stermont, but now the school is being turned into an icebox by giant meat-eating vegetables—and his friend Rip has gone missing.

  • Yasmin the Builder - As their makerspace project the students in Yasmin’s second grade class are building a city: there are houses, a school, a church, even a castle, but Yasmin is not sure what to build—until inspiration strikes.

Mrs. Meyer Is on Fire!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 12 million books sold, My Weird School really gets kids reading!

In this fourth book in the laugh-out-loud My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are learning about fire safety. Mrs. Meyer of the local fire department has been brought in to teach the students, but she is the weirdest safety expert in the world. She likes fire just a little too much. Will Mrs. Meyer catch on fire? Will she retire? What will transpire?

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe
Written by Belinda Murrell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Pippa has just arrived at a new school, in a new town, and even living on a gorgeous island isn’t cheering her up when she’s missing London. Gradually Pippa makes friends with eco-warrior Meg, boho-chick Charlie, and fashionista and cupcake baker Cici. But her mum has a grand plan to buy a rustic old boatshed and start a bookshop cafU, and Pippa worries they’ll lose all their money in this madcap venture - until Pippa’s new friends come to the rescue with a plan to help get the cafU back on track.

Social Butterfly
Written by Beth Bracken & illustrated by Sofia Cardoso
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Charlotte loves playing and talking with her friends, but very often she plays and talks too much, and at school she has to learn that sometimes it is necessary to listen and let her friends and teacher do the talking.

Yasmin the Teacher
Written by Saadia Faruqi & illustrated by Hatem Aly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Ms. Alex is called away from the classroom, she leaves Yasmin in charge, but the other children just ignore her and start acting silly and noisy—until Yasmin thinks up a way to motivate them to finish the math assignment, quietly.

Magic Molly
Written & illustrated by Marty Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

After going to a magic show, Molly decides that she wants to be a real magician, and she hopes that her father’s old magic kit may help her master some real magic in time to put on a show for Sharing Time at school—aiming big, she would really like to be able to saw her best friend in half (and of course put her back together).

  • Schools Have Rules - What rules do I need to follow at school? In Schools Have Rules, young readers learn that being part of a strong, diverse school community means raising your hand, taking turns, being kind, listening … Paired with playful yet realistic illustrations, a 1st-person student narrator shows kids best practices, focusing on character education aspects.

  • Gooney Bird Is So Absurd - It’s a cold January at the Watertower Elementary School—the perfect weather for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her special brain-warming hat! It’s a good thing she has one. Gooney Bird’s brain will need to be as warm as possible this month, because Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. Who knew there could be so many different ways to write a poem? Haikus, couplets, limericks—Mrs. Pidgeon’s students soon find that writing good poetry takes a lot of hard work and creative thinking. Gooney Bird and her classmates are up to the challenge. But just when things are going well, the kids get some terrible news. Gooney Bird will need all the inspiration her brain can muster to organize the most important poem the class has ever written.

  • Did You Hear What I Heard? -

  • Original Recipe - Finley’s best friend Henry is about to turn nine, and Finley has a major problem: she has no idea what to give him for his birthday. He already owns all of her best creations! The school cook-off might be the perfect solution. The grand prize is a year’s worth of Flying Pie Pizza ― Henry’s favorite. But coming up with something original and tasty is harder than it looks. As one crazy concoction leads to another, Finley discovers that cooking is just like the rest of life ― things don’t always turn out as planned and friendship is the real prize.

My Teacher Is a Robot
Written & illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Jedi Academy books comes an imaginative picture book about a kid whose creative outlook has everyone at school seeing the world through new eyes. Perfect for fans of The Adventures of Beekle and The Most Magnificent Thing. Fred does not want to go to school because it’s boring. Especially since he thinks his teacher is a robot. If only Fred could imagine a way for his day to be more exciting… An inventively funny picture book that celebrates the boundlessness of a child’s imagination and celebrates the teachers, families, and friends who get wrapped up in their fantastic worlds.

Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair
Written by Kate Messner & illustrated by Heather Ross
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell’s classroom, and they do everything the students do—listening at storytime, painting masterpieces during art class, and keeping their own special journals. But when it’s time for the school science fair, the mice aren’t sure just how to get involved. Lucy wants to time them as they run through a maze, but they want to do an experiment, not be an experiment. Then Zeke comes up with a great idea: since Lucy is training animals for her experiment, maybe he and Fergus can do the same thing! Unfortunately, the only animals available are the students themselves. Can Fergus and Zeke turn the tables and train Lucy in time for the science fair?

Lucky Break
Written & illustrated by Marty Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When Molly Mac loses her “lucky” pencil, she starts to panic. She needs her pencil to create a drawing for the school’s art show. Just when her luck is running out, things get even worse. Will Molly be able to enter the art contest? She needs good luck, and fast!

Pedro's Tricky Tower
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Miss Winkle separates the class into teams and instructs them to build towers out of paper cups, and the group who builds the tallest tower wins—but they have very little success until Pedro has an idea about how it can be done.

Top Secret Author Visit
Written & illustrated by Marty Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Excited by the idea that authors actually get paid real money for writing books, Molly Mac is determined to get the author visiting her class to reveal the secret to his success, even going so far as to build a special mind-controlling hat to steal the secret if necessary—but she is discouraged by what he tells the class.

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