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School Principals: Books For Kids

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

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

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 school principals, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Mister Lincoln’s Way to popular sellers like Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets.

We hope this list of kids books about school principals 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.

Mister Lincoln's Way
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When Mr. Lincoln, “the coolest principal in the whole world,” discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers: Color Edition
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-18

When we last saw George and Harold, they were headed to jail for the rest of their lives. What could be worse? How about being pulled from prison by a time-traveling tyrant named Tippy Tinkletrousers?!!? Now the boys are taking a trip back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the scariest thing they had to face was not evil mad scientists or alien cafeteria ladies but a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp, the nephew of their clueless school principal. And because George and Harold don’t invent Captain Underpants until they’re in fourth grade, the clever kindergartners are on their own. Will their brains be enough to beat the bully?!!?

Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-18

Bionic boogers return in the seventh book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the creator of Dog Man!

George and Harold thought they were beyond boogers. Their new pet, Sulu the Bionic Hamster, had defeated the Bionic Booger Boy, and through the wonders of science, Melvin Sneedly had been brought back to normal (well, almost normal). It looked like their last adventure was actually going to have a happy ending… except for one thing (well, three things) — the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers. Now George, Harold, and their buddies are on the run — with the Robo-Boogers in hot, gooey pursuit! Will the boys get away from these gross globs, or will Sulu have to save the day again?

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-18

George and Harold’s time-traveling Purple Potty lands them in a crazy place in the eighth book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the creator of Dog Man!

The teachers are nice, the cafeteria serves delicious food, and the school principal, Mr. Krupp, thinks George and Harold are hilarious. Something is very, very wrong — and it gets even wronger when the boys’ pet pterodactyl, Crackers, and Sulu the Bionic Hamster are captured by George and Harold’s evil-twin look-alikes. Now George and Harold must face their greatest foes yet: THEMSELVES! Can they handle this mess on their own, or will they need Captain Underpants to swoop in and save the day?

The Terrible Two Get Worse
Written by Mac Barnett and Jory John & illustrated by Kevin Cornell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

On their own, pranksters Miles and Niles were pretty devious. Now that they’ve formed a pranking duo, they’re terrible! But their powers will be tested when their favorite nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern and cunning father, Former Principal Barkin. Now Miles and Niles will do just about anything to get their old antagonist back—including pranking alongside him. Authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John “are in perfect comic harmony” (Publishers Weekly) in this series that celebrates inventiveness, friendship, and the power of teamwork—for good, or for terrible.

  • Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants - Professor Pippy P. Poopypants takes over science class at Jerome Horwitz Elementary in the fourth book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the creator of Dog Man!George and Harold are fourth-grade buddies with a penchant for practical jokes. When the boys’ latest prank drives their science teacher over the edge, their clueless principal, Mr. Krupp, quickly hires a replacement: Professor Pippy P. Poopypants. Of course, George and Harold can’t resist making fun of the Professor’s silly name. But then the Professor retaliates by forcing everyone in town to change their own names to be equally silly, with colossal consequences!

  • Dr. Carbles Is Losing His Marbles! - Something weird is going on! It’s Thanksgiving! A.J. is thankful for four days off from school. But he’s not thankful for Dr. Carbles, who is grumpier than ever. Dr. Carbles even fires Mr. Klutz! Will A.J. and his friends be able to save their principal’s job?

  • Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (And the ... the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) - Alien lunch ladies attack in the third book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the creator of Dog Man!George and Harold have played a trick or two on nearly everyone at Jerome Horwitz Elementary. When their latest prank causes the school’s cranky cafeteria ladies to quit, Mr. Krupp hires a trio of unusual replacements — who happen to look an awful lot like aliens! Will that curtain-caped crusader, Captain Underpants, save the day once more? Or will those outer-space cafeteria ladies have him for lunch?

  • Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman - George and Harold accidentally create a monster in the fifth book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the creator of Dog Man!George and Harold are always good at using their imaginations, and that drives their mean homeroom teacher, Ms. Ribble, crazy! But this time, they’ve come up with much more than a silly prank… With her horrendous hairdo and two rabid robots, Wedgie Woman is well on her way to world domination, and only the Waistband Warrior can stop her!

Mr. Klutz Is Nuts!
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 the second book of the original My Weird School series, Principal Klutz goes nuts! He wants to climb to the top of the Ella Mentry School flagpole. He even kissed a pig on the lips and painted his bald head orange. And now he wants to bungee jump off the roof of the school dressed as Santa Claus!

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, bestselling author Dan Gutman’s insanely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t forget to join A.J. and the gang on the rest of their hilarious adventures.

Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

George and Harold are usually responsible kids — whenever anything bad happens, George and Harold are usually responsible! This time, their latest prank backfires, and they accidentally invent an army of terrifying talking toilets. Luckily, they know a superhero with enough snap in his waistband to save the day! This looks like another job for the amazing Captain Underpants!

Mary Had a Little Lizard
Written & illustrated by Kayla Harren
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A modern take on “Mary Had a Little Lamb” featuring hilarious antics as Lizard sneaks into Mary’s backpack and causes nothing but mayhem in her Kindergarten class. He eats someone’s lunch, makes a mess in the painting corner, and scares the teacher silly during story time before being sent to the principal’s office to wait for Mary’s mom to pick him up. It’s no fun being alone. But when Mary finally comes home from school, Lizard knows he’ll always have his very best friend. Rendered in a combination of traditional and digital color, Mary Had a Little Lizard is a silly, satisfying celebration of new experiences and friendships that can never be broken.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

Rufus Goes to School
Written by Kim T Griswell & illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to go to school to learn to read but the principal at first refuses because Rufus is a pig.

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