Back to School Books for Kids

It’s that time of year again!  BACK TO SCHOOL!!!  Here are some of my favorite back to school books that I read with my own kids and recommend to clients (especially if they are starting school for the first time or going to a new school)!

  • What Teachers Can’t Do – by Douglas Wood
  • David Goes to School – by David Shannon
  • The Kissing Hand – by Audrey Penn (great for separation anxiety)
  • Little Miss Spider Sunny Patch School – by David Kirk
  • If You Take a Mouse to School – by Laura Numeroff
  • Lily’s Plastic Purple Purse – by Kevin Henkes
  • The Best Teacher Ever – by Mercer Mayer
  • Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face? – by Lisa McCourt

Here’s some other posts on Back to School books you might want to check out!


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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Barbara Street

    Have you seen Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson? I use it each year. A mouse sneaks into a backpack and makes all kinds of discoveries in a classroom. I use it as an interactive way to check in with the kiddos by asking if they discovered the same things that mouse did. Then I have a Folkmanis white mouse puppet I named Blanca who visits, though she is very shy, she shares her first day of preschool by whispering in my ear. The kids love it!! Here’s a photo of Blanca whispering to me. Ms. Barbara from For the Children

  2. Laura

    Great suggestion, Ms. Barbara! Thanks!

  3. Kim

    Love your list! Thanks for including our book kit post!

  4. Susan Case

    Wonderful List Laura. I linked it on our Back to School Linky.

  5. Christy

    What a great list. There are a few on here that I have never heard of. I will have to check them out. Thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday. We hope to see you next week.

  6. Kim

    Great collection of books! Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!

  7. The Iowa Farmer's Wife

    What a great list of back to school books! Love the other resources as well! Thanks for sharing on The Sunday Showcase!

  8. Catherine @ Story Snug

    This is a great list! I have seen The Kissing Hand on several starting school booklists but I don’t know it. Must check it out!
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  9. Heather Woods

    The other two we live at or house are “Franklin Goes to School” (Franklin the turtle) and “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin? Henkes.

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