Reading List – Back to School


For some of you this list is a week or two late. Here in upstate New York we start school right after Labor Day. For the first time in 9 years I will be joining the throngs of teachers and students headed back to the hallways this fall. Here are some of my favorites.

Splat the Cat
By: Rob Scotton 

A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than he expected. Ages 3-8

Go to School Little Monster
By: Helen Ketteman

Little Monster is nervous about his first day of school, but his teacher Mr. Drool and the other monsters put him at ease.  Ages 4-8

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!
By: Hyewon Yum

A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at “the big kids’ school,” must calm his very worried mother.  Ages 4-8

You’re Wearing That to School?!
By: Lynn Plourde

A cautious mouse named Tiny gives advice to his best friend, an exuberant hippopotamus named Penelope, on such things as what to wear and what to take for show-and-tell on the first day of school.  Ages 4-8

First Day Jitters
By: Julie Danneberg

Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.  Ages 5-9

Wemberly Worried
By: Kevin Henkes

A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to be anxious about when she faces the first day of nursery school.  Ages 3-7

Wow! School!
By: Robert Neubecker

Izzy finds many things to be excited about on the first day of school.  Ages 3-5

Go Home, Mrs. Beekman
By: Ann RedischStampler

Emily Beekman is so nervous about starting school that she makes her mother promise to stay with her forever, but after Emily makes friends and settles in, she and her teacher must convince Mrs. Beekman to break her promise and stay home.  Ages 5-8

Seymour Slug Starts School
By: Carey Armstrong-Ellis

A bad case of nerves has Seymour worried about his first day of school, but he grows more confident after a visit from his well-meaning Fairy Slugmother, who reassures him that she will watch over him.  Ages 4-6

Countdown to Kindergarten
By: Alison McGhee

Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler cannot tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.  Ages 3-6


1 thought on “Reading List – Back to School”

  1. Carey Armstrong-Ellis is also the amazing illustrator of my bestselling book The Twelve Days of Kindergarten which has just come out in paperback from Abrams.

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