Fifty (50) Back-to-School Books


Looking for some good back-to-school book selections? We’ve compiled a list to help build community, develop listening comprehension and stamina, and get your year off to a great start. Titles are listed in alphabetical order and include links to Amazon as well as helpful lesson information. An * after the title means it’s a chapter book.

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish

And Here’s to You! by David Elliott (Book Look)

Bailey by Harry Bliss

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Lit Lesson)

Clifford’s First School Day by Norman Bridwell

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (Book Look)

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson (Lit Lesson)

First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell’s Classroom Adventures) by Julie Danneberg

First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar

Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

Going Places by Paul A. and Peter H. Reynolds (Book Look)

The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper (Book Look)

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen

How to Be by Lisa Brown (Book Look)

How to Read a Story by Kate Messner

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus* by Barbara Park

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (Lit Lesson)

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (Lit Lesson)

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner

Morris Goes to School by Bernard Wiseman

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Book Look)

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little* by Peggy Gifford

Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth by Alison McGhee

My Teacher Sleeps in School by Leatie Weiss

My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits (Brief Focus Lesson

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

The New Girl . . . and Me by Jacqui Robbins

Only One You by Linda Kranz (Book Look

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

The Reader by Amy Hest (Book Look)

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill (Lit Lesson)

Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann

School Bus Board Book by Donald Crews

Sideways Stories from Wayside School* by Louis Sachar

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

This School Year Will Be the BEST! by Kay Winters

The Year of Billy Miller* by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (Lit Lesson)

Did we miss a title that you love? Head to the Discussion Board and share your back-to-school favorite! 



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