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School and Starting School: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about school is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From The Truth About My Unbelievable School . . . to On the First Day of First Grade there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about school? Let us know!

The Truth About My Unbelievable School . . . book
#1
The Truth About My Unbelievable School . . .
Written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Beware of . . . this school?! Henry is taking his new classmate on a whirlwind tour of their school. Mysterious inventions lurk, the cafeteria requires ninja skills, and some teachers may be monsters! Is this fantastical school to be believed? Or is there an even more outrageous surprise in store? Celebrated international author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud—the duo behind Junior Library Guild selections I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . and The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer . . . —are back with yet another rollicking tale about truth, lies, and . . . school!

Pout-Pout Fish: Back to School book
#2
Pout-Pout Fish: Back to School
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get ready to go back to school with the Pout-Pout Fish! Mr. Fish is going back to school to be a substitute teacher, and he's nervous—until he meets a little guppy who can help him! At an affordable price point, and with two pages of stickers, this new format is fun and accessible for Mr. Fish's fans and newcomers alike.

Froggy Goes to School book
#3
Froggy Goes to School
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy’s mother knows that everyone’s nervous on the first day of school. “Not me!” says Froggy, and together they leapfrog to the bus stop — flop flop flop. Froggy’s exuberant antics will delight his many fans and reassure them that school can be fun.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School book
#4
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

"The children's relationship is refreshingly noncombative, with Charlie as the protective and affectionate older brother who is appreciative of, rather than annoyed by, his sister's quirkiness." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review) Lola is not so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count higher than ten when she never eats more that ten cookies at a time? Once again, it's up to ever-patient big brother Charlie to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile — and that her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, will be welcome, too.

S Is for School book
#5
S Is for School
Written and illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

An ABC primer that introduces your brilliant baby to what to expect when they're ready to go to school. Lots of kids look forward to going back to school each fall. This collection of 26 illustrations featuring words from A to Z will introduce toddlers to what all the fuss is about in a unique and engaging way. Included are artist Greg Paprocki's colorful and wonderfully detailed illustrations that bring to life concepts from the school bus to the classroom, including activities, school subjects, friends, classmates, and teachers. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. In addition to illustrating several Curious George books, he's provided illustrations for a number of books for Gibbs Smith, including A Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, and The Big Book of Superheroes. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska. Greg lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Don't Go to School! book
#6
Don't Go to School!
Written by Maire Zepf and illustrated by Tarsila Kruse, Maire Zepf
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Benno is really excited about his first day at school. But there's one problem: Mommy! "DON'T GO TO SCHOOL!" she wails. "STAY HERE WITH ME!" Can the brave little bear convince Mom that everything's okay? He comes up with an ingenious idea to help her adjust--one that many parents will recognize. Kids will love this laugh-out-loud twist on a familiar theme.

Click, Clack, Quack to School! book
#7
Click, Clack, Quack to School!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Farmer Brown has been invited to be a guest at the elementary school’s Farm Day! The animals excitedly practice their best classroom behavior: standing quietly in line, using their inside voices, and learning how to share. But then they find out that farm animals aren’t actually allowed in school (who knew they were considered a health code violation?!). Rules are rules, so Farmer Brown goes to school solo—or so he thinks...for while our favorite barnyard bunch don’t get high marks in rules, they do excel in disguise.

A New School Year book
#8
A New School Year
Written by Sally Derby and illustrated by Mika Song
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In a unique narrative, readers meet a diverse group of six children ranging in age from Kindergarten through fifth grade. With nerves and excitement each child gears up for a new school year by hustling in the morning, meeting new teachers and new classmates during the day, and heading home with homework and relief by day’s end. Simple, bright illustrations focus on each child and his/her worries, hopes, and successes on the first day of school.

Five Little Ducks Go to School book
#9
Five Little Ducks Go to School
Written by Carol Roth and illustrated by Sean Julian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's time for the five little ducklings to go to school. Four of the little ducklings shout, “YIPPEE! HOORAY! OH BOY! THAT'S COOL!” The fifth little duckling sobs, “BOO-HOO! I won't go to school! I'm going to miss you!” But when Mama reminds them, “Even though we'll be apart, we'll still be in each other's heart,” the little ducklings go forth and soon discover “School is great!”

It's the First Day of Kindergarten, Chloe Zoe! book
#10
It's the First Day of Kindergarten, Chloe Zoe!
Written and illustrated by Jane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Chloe Zoe is starting kindergarten! Full days of school for a full week. Chloe Zoe has a new backpack and matching lunch box and is so excited to see her best friends Mary Margaret and George. On the first day of school, Chloe Zoe discovers Mary Margaret is in a different kindergarten class. Will kindergarten be any fun without her best friend?

Rufus Goes to School book
#11
Rufus Goes to School
Written by Kim T Griswell and 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.

School book
#12
School
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A young boy enjoys his first day at school in this story that addresses such questions as: Who will help me find my classroom? Who's in my class? Where do I sit? When can we go home? and many more. Includes tips for reading with young children.

The Class book
#13
The Class
Written by Boni Ashburn and illustrated by Kimberly Gee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Count along with twenty young students from nineteen different homes as they get ready for their first day of kindergarten. Alarm clocks go off and students all over town wake up and get ready for their big day. Some feel eager, others are nervous, and a few are even grumpy! But they all get dressed, eat breakfast, pack backpacks, and make their way to school, where they will meet their new teacher and become a wonderful new class. Boni Ashburn’s snappy rhyming text and Kimberly Gee’s adorable and diverse group of children make this a great pick for little ones getting ready for their first day of school.

The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten book
#14
The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten
Written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

I liked kindergarten from the very 1st day,” begins the narrator of this very funny and touching picture book. However, she notices, “My mom was happy for me, of course, but I got the feeling that she was also a little sad” to leave her. So one day the little girl invites her mom to join the kindergarten class for the day, which turns out to be a real learning experience --- for both of them. Somehow her mom just can't get any of the rules right: she barges to the front of the line, she shouts out without raising her hand, she slams down her scissors during Craft Time. How embarrassing! In a wonderful role reversal that will delight young children, the girl must become the patient and sometimes frustrated expert who instructs her mom on how to behave.

Have You Seen My Lunch Box? book
#15
Have You Seen My Lunch Box?
Written and illustrated by Steve Light
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

As a little boy gets ready for school, he asks for help in finding his socks, lunch box, and other items he needs to start his day.

Kindergarten Countdown book
#16
Kindergarten Countdown
Written by Marjorie Blain Parker and illustrated by Sophie Burrows
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Let the countdown to kindergarten begin! This engaging picture book captures a child's excitement as the big day nears. Just 10 more sleeps till school starts! A young child happily anticipates the arrival of the first day of kindergarten--the new clothes he'll wear, the lunch he'll pack, the bus he'll ride, the friends he'll make, and the fun things he'll do in class. Reassuring and joyful, with rhyme kids will love to read aloud, it's the perfect book to welcome in the school year.

This Is My School book
#17
This Is My School
Written by Mark Andrew Weakland and illustrated by Nina de Polonia-Nill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

How do I find my way around school? This Is My School gives young readers the grand tour through all the rooms and special areas that make up an elementary-school building. Featuring playful illustrations and led by a 1st-person student narrator, the tour takes kids to the front office, the library, the gym ... even the very mysterious teachers' lounge!

My Preschool book
#18
My Preschool
Written and illustrated by Anne Rockwell
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A little boy takes part in many activities at preschool, from cheerful hellos in circle time, to painting colorful pictures and playing at the water table before snack time, and sharing toys with new friends. The best part of saying good-bye at the end of the day is that the little boy knows he will come back tomorrow. In her signature style, Anne Rockwell captures a child's preschool experience with warmth and reassurance.

On the First Day of First Grade book
#19
On the First Day of First Grade
Written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Sarah Jennings
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On the first day of first grade, there will be lots of fun! This is the perfect book to share with a kindergartner getting ready for the step up to "big kid" school! 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 good-bye to mom and dad can be hard, but when the school bus pulls up, it’s time for some first-grade fun! This engaging, vibrant adaptation of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” helps show parents and children alike that there is no place cooler than a first-grade classroom. Tish Rabe, a seasoned children’s book author of over 160 books, puts a novel spin on a first-day-of-school classic with On the First Day of First Grade.

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