Best Children’s Books for Back to School

Starting a new school year is a time of transition for everyone in the family, between changing routines and fine-tuning schedules. While kids are somewhat excited about headed back to school, especially to see their friends, they may also feel a bit of uncertainty about what the new school year will bring. If you are looking for books to help prepare your child for a new school year, check out the list below.

Books for Kids Ages 3 and Up

Back to Dog-Gone School by Amy Schmidt– Ages 3-7. This book combines photography and children’s poetry. Poems are short, easy to read and features cool titles like Book Nook and Teacher’s Pet.

Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London- Ages 3-5. Froggy is not nervous on the first day of school, although his morning didn’t start out so well. This is a great book for kids who may have some jitters about going back to school.

Little Rabbit Goes to School by Harry Horse- Ages 3 and Up. Little Rabbit takes Charlie Horse, his favorite toy, with him on the first day of school. After Charlie Horse causes mischief at school, Little Rabbit determines Charlie Horse is not ready for school just yet.

Books for Kids Ages 4 and Up

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff– Ages 4-8. What happens when you take a mouse to school? Kids can find out in this cute and comical book that features matching text and illustrations.

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin– Ages 4-8. The characters in the book are cute, colorful, energetic and funny monsters. This picture book is the sequel to the book- Monsters Love Colors.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by James Dean– Ages 4-8. Pete is a cool cat, who loves playing his guitar and singing a tune. Kids will love following Pete to school, as he discovers the cafeteria, the library and the playground.

Books for Kids Ages 5 and Up

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg– Ages 5-8. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared to start her first day at a new school. But, when she gets to school she meets her teacher, Mrs. Burton, who helps her smooth away her jitters.

Have you read any of these books to your kiddos?

Mamasita Amber
Mama of three children and proud new mama of a standard poodle named Prince Miguel.

13 Responses to “Best Children’s Books for Back to School

    robin rue
    3 years ago

    Those all sound like awesome books for kids. My kids just started back, but I am sure their teachers have fully stocked libraries.

  • Great recommendations to give to all my friends who have kids and are now with them back at school. I still love looking through children books, theres something about them.

    3 years ago

    These are cute books! My young ones enjoy Pete the Cat! These books will get them excited for school each year!

  • I am always on the look out for new books to get my nephews! These sound fabulous and I know I would love back to dog-gone school. But the jitters book will definitely be a top one to pick up.

    3 years ago

    I will have to get these books when my next little one starts kindergarten in two years. Last month my other two started 4th grade and kindergarten. We love books so these would make great reads!

  • If You Take a Mouse to School has always been one of my favorites! We just ordered one for my son. Going to browse for a few of the other books. Thanks for sharing!

  • Books are an awesome way toset a child’s expectation with school. It’s my youngest’s first year and she was a little hesitant. These books could’ve helped!

    Julia Hunter
    3 years ago

    We’ve always loved Pete the Cat! This is such a great collection of books for back to school.

  • You have some awesome books here. The Kissing Hand is our favorite back to school book.

  • I’m not sure how I’ve missed “If You Take a Mouse to School”. My girls are OBSESSED with that series and for some reason I’ve never seen this one. Adding to my list ASAP! 🙂

  • Very cute and sweet books. Good plan to read this for an easy transition back to school.

  • I love the book “Froggy Goes to School” and “If A Mouse Goes to School!” Those are books I read to my boys when they were little.

  • I think my god-daughter would go for First Day Jitters. It’s a topic we always cover once it’s school season and it’s something she can relate to.

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