Back To School Picture Books

It’s time for back to school picture books.  Going back will ensure dread in the hearts of kids and glee in their respective parents.  But really, as great as school can be, it can also ignite very legitimate feelings of stress and concern in your children.  A new class and a new teacher would make you a little nervous too!  So why not use picture books to address the nerves and inject some levity into the process?  Knowing you are not alone and that you can find humor in a new situation is a good thing.

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back to school picture books

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School by Mo Willems

This is a new book in the Pigeon series and it will delight fans.  Pigeon is a little afraid of going to school.  He worries about having friends, heavy backpacks, math, lunch!  He wishes there was a place he could practice all these things … until he realizes that school is the perfect place to do that.  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but let’s just say that getting to school will look all too familiar to Pigeon aficionados.

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgens

This is my favorite back to school book and remains one of the best out there. Penelope is so excited about her first day of school!  She has a new backpack with ponies on it because ponies are quite yummy!  Did I forget to mention Penelope is a T-Rex?  However, her first day of school doesn’t go so well because it turns out her classmates are children and children are well, delicious.  After sampling a few, children that is, she is chastised and has to spit them out.  But try as she might, it is so hard not to take a bite.  However, when the tables are turned and she turns out to be a tasty treat, she learns her lesson and finally makes friends.  No matter how tough a day your little one has, at least they didn’t get eaten!

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School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

In typical books about the first of day of school, we hear from the kids, the parents and even the teacher. But how often do we hear the perspective of the school itself? Well, this glaring omission is now rectified. In this story, we learn how the school feels when it is filled with students, when it accidentally sets off the fire alarm (embarrassing!), and when children are busy learning. Not everything is rosy, but at the end of the day, school feels pretty lucky to be well, a school.  Nice messages about how even when things don’t go as planned, school is a pretty nice place to be.

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First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

This one is an oldy but a goody. This book follows Sarah Hartwell on her first day at a new school.  Of course, she is full of jitters, afraid she won’t make friends and feels a little nervous and anxious.  Mr. Hartwell tries to reassure her all will be fine, and (I hate to give away the twist at the end, but…) it turns out that Sarah is the new teacher in the class.  The twist at the end will absolutely delight kids and make them realize that even adults get nervous in new situations.