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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, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

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 Save Me a Seat.

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!

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Top 10 Books About Elementary School

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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!

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Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies
Written & illustrated by Carmen Oliver
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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!

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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!

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Heidi Heckelbeck for Class President
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
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Recommend Ages: 5-9
Heidi runs for class president in this thirtieth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure!
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Battle of the Boss-Monster
Written & illustrated by Troy Cummings
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
The Super Secret Monster Patrol FINALLY comes face-to-face with the boss-monster!
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Ellie May on April Fool's Day
Written by Hillary Homzie & illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
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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.

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Hat Trick
Written by Alex Morgan
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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!

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Mr. Will Needs to Chill!
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 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!

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Eva in the Spotlight
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
It's Eva Wingdale's time to shine!
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Wildwood Bakery
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
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Recommend Ages: 5-7

Pick a book. Grow a Reader! <p/>This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! <p/>Eva’s friend Macy has a little sister who can’t fly on her own. So Eva’s class decides to raise money to buy her a super-cool flying chair! Half of the class opens a bakery to raise the money. The other half opens a candy store. Soon the owls are competing to see whose shop can make the most money. But they will all need to <i>work together</i> to raise enough money for the special chair. Can Eva get everyone to work as a team?

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Books About Elementary School and Best Friends

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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!

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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.

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School Freezes Over!
Written by & illustrated by Sam Ricks
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
It's getting cold at Eerie Elementary!
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  1. Sam Battles the Machine! - There's a creepy new teacher at Eerie Elementary!

  2. The Art Show Attacks! - New York Times bestselling author Jack Chabert knows how to keep young readers on the edge of their seats!

  3. Attack of the Shadow Smashers - Monsters, monsters, everywhere!

  4. Science Fair Is Freaky! - In book 4 of this hit series, a giant volcano grows up out of the floor of Eerie Elementary!

Books About Elementary School and Friendship

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Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies
Written & illustrated by Carmen Oliver
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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!

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Hat Trick
Written by Alex Morgan
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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!

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Eva in the Spotlight
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
It's Eva Wingdale's time to shine!
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  1. Eva Sees a Ghost - Is there a ghost in Treetopolis? Eva sure thinks so!

  2. Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot - 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!

  3. Captain Awesome for President - 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!

  4. 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.

Books About Elementary School and Monsters

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Battle of the Boss-Monster
Written & illustrated by Troy Cummings
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
The Super Secret Monster Patrol FINALLY comes face-to-face with the boss-monster!
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Sneeze of the Octo-Schnozz
Written & illustrated by Troy Cummings
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
The S.S.M.P. goes up against their STINKIEST monster yet!
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Snap of the Super-Goop
Written & illustrated by Troy Cummings
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
The latest book in this best-selling series is filled with eye-popping twists and turns!
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  1. Rumble of the Coaster Ghost - Stermont's latest monster is a real scream!

  2. Whack of the P-Rex - Alexander Bopp is ready to battle Stermont's biggest monster yet -- the P-Rex!

  3. Charge of the Lightning Bugs - Stermont's latest monster is SHOCKING!

  4. Pop of the Bumpy Mummy - A creepy mummy monster is on the loose in Stermont!

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Books About Elementary School and Teachers

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Miss Newman Isn't Human!
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 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!

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Ms. Cuddy Is Nutty!
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 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!

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Woodland Wedding
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
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Recommend Ages: 5-7
Eva's teacher is getting married--and the whole class is invited to the wedding!
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  1. Mr. Harrison Is Embarrassin'! - With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

  2. Mrs. Meyer Is on Fire! - 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!

  3. Lucky Stars - Every day in Mr. Wolf's class is an adventure... even when you have to stay home from school!

  4. Yasmin the Teacher - 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.

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Books About Elementary School and Social Themes

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Wildwood Bakery
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Pick a book. Grow a Reader! <p/>This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! <p/>Eva’s friend Macy has a little sister who can’t fly on her own. So Eva’s class decides to raise money to buy her a super-cool flying chair! Half of the class opens a bakery to raise the money. The other half opens a candy store. Soon the owls are competing to see whose shop can make the most money. But they will all need to <i>work together</i> to raise enough money for the special chair. Can Eva get everyone to work as a team?

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Eva and the New Owl
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
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Recommend Ages: 5-7
There's a new owl in Eva's class. Will Eva make a new friend?
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The Werewolf Bully
Written by Blake Hoena & illustrated by Dave Bardin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

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.

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  1. Meet Yasmin! - Meet Yasmin! Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who’s always on the lookout for those “aha” moments to help her solve life’s little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn’t get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.

  2. Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe - 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.

  3. Save Me a Seat - Save Me a Seat

  4. Social Butterfly - 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.

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