Back to School Picture Books

School is upon us! And it can be exciting and daunting and sometimes just plain skeeeeeeery! Help sooth back to school jitters with these five picture books, written and illustrated for young readers on the cusp of new adventures.

 

1. School's First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

The best-selling author of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and the Coretta Scott King Honor-winning illustrator of Harlem's Little Blackbird present the story of how a school building shares jitters with the students on a first day of school.

 

 

 

2. The 12 Days of Kindergarten by Jenna Lettice and Colleen Madden

Kindergartners and their parents and teachers will love spotting all the fun things to find in the classroom. It's a great way to calm first-day-of-school jitters by talking about what to expect once school is under way. And the book includes stickers--perfect treats for the first 12 days of school.

 

3. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth Harper, and Nancy Leak

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.

 

4. We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan Higgins

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

 

5. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.