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Back-to-School: Books About School

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 10, 2011

It’s that time of the year again: school time! Whether it’s the first day of school or the first day of a new grade, there is always an adjustment period. Excited, nervous, or shy, reading books about school, or stories that revolve around the classroom, can be a great way to begin switching gears from the vacation mindset. In this book list, you’ll find picture books, chapter books for the early fluent and fluent readers, as well as a novel for young adults.


Picture Books

Bailey

By Harry Bliss

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Add this book to your collection: Bailey

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Sea Monster’s First Day

By Kate Messner (Author), Andy Rash (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 36 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 22, 2011)

Add this book to your collection: Sea Monster’s First Day

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My Best Friend Is As Sharp As a Pencil: And Other Funny Classroom Portraits

By Hanoch Piven

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Add this book to your collection: My Best Friend Is As Sharp As a Pencil: And Other Funny Classroom Portraits

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Skippyjon Jones, Class Action

By Judy Schachner

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; Rei/Com edition (July 12, 2011)

Source: Library

Add this book to your collection: Skippyjon Jones, Class Action

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Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

By Eric Litwin

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2011)

Source: Library

Add this book to your collection: Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

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Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School

By Herman Parish (Author), Lynne Avril (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (June 21, 2011)

Source: Library

Add this book to your collection: Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School

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Follow the Line to School

By Laura Ljungkvist

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)

Source: Library

Add this book to your collection: Follow the Line to School


Chapter Books

My Weirder School: Miss Child Has Gone Wild!

By Dan Gutman (Author), Jim Paillot (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (June 21, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Add this book to your collection: My Weirder School: Miss Child Has Gone Wild!

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My Weirder School: Mr. Harrison Is Embarrassin’!

By Dan Gutman (Author), Jim Paillot (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (June 21, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Add this book to your collection: My Weirder School: Mr. Harrison Is Embarrassin’!

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Alice-Miranda at School

By Jacqueline Harvey

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Hardcover: 272 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Add this book to your collection: Alice-Miranda at School

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading

By Tommy Greenwald (Author), J. P. Coovert (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (July 5, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Add this book to your collection: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading

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Sylvia & Aki

By Winifred Conkling

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Tricycle Press (July 12, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Add this book to your collection: Sylvia & Aki


Young Adult

Paper Covers Rock

By Jenny Hubbard

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 14, 2011)

Add this book to your collection: Paper Covers Rock

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

Comments
  • Hello everyone

    You may also like to take a look at my new book, ‘Dangerous Creatures: Crazy Stories from Wattle Creek Primary School’. The collection of ten funny stories is for readers aged 9-12. Visit my site ( http://www.wattlecreekbooks.com )for more about the book as well as a free story you can use with your children.

    Thanks

    August 10, 2011
  • I love Pete the Cat! I have a note about books and a complete literacy unit on my website! Just found your site…oodles of good books!

    August 11, 2011
    • Glad you like “Pete the Cat” as much as I do. Glad you like my site, too!

      August 11, 2011
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