Whether school has already started or it’s just about to, there’s plenty of back-to-school bustle in the air. And naturally, there’s nervous energy with all of the questions and fears children have about starting something new. Whether your kiddos are first-timers, starting a new school, or returning to a new grade, you’ll find these books that offer humor, reassurance and encouragement for the back-to-school crowd. Scroll down for new books that hit the shelves recently. 

 

 

1. Stewie BOOM! Starts School
by Christine Bronstein, illustrated by Karen L. Young

Stewie is a planner: he likes to know what is going to happen next, so when the first day of school approaches he is full of anxious questions. He feels nervous, scared, sad, mad and curious: find out what happens when Stewie faces his first day and discovers that his second day is even better. A great book for addressing the range of emotions kids feel about starting school.

Ages: 3-6
Cost: $9.99
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2. Don’t Go To School!
by Máire Zepf, illustrated by Tarsila Krüse

Benno the Bear is ready for his first day of school but there’s one little problem: his mommy isn’t! So Benno has to convince his mom that everything will be okay. Your kids will love the reverse rolls and beautiful illustrations, and you’ll be able to address all the nervous fears that even parents face.

Ages: 4-5
Cost: $14.95
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3, Sela Blue and the First Day of School
by Alisa Dale, illustrated by Shree Evelina

Just released in paperback! Sela’s been dreaming about her first day of school all summer and at last it has arrived. Follow Sela as she roams her little town, involving all the town’s characters in her quest to get ready for the big day. This book’s beautiful rhyming prose and illustrations will make you feel as if you’re right there with her, and will remind you of the magic of childhood milestones.

Ages: 5-7
Cost: $18.69
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4. Here Comes Teacher Cat
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda

Cat is back and this time he is going to be the substitute teacher at Kitty School. Fans of the series—which includes Here Comes Tooth Fairy Cat, Here Comes Valentine Cat and Here Comes Santa Cat—will delight in the plot line as you (the reader) petition cat to please get out of bed and head to school. Your silly little lazy bones will love it. 

Ages: 3-5
Cost: $16.99
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5. Back to School with Bigfoot
by Samantha Berger & Martha Brockenbrough, illustrated by Dave Pressler

Even Bigfoot has to go to school and even though he’s giant, he’s not immune to the back-to-school jitters. He has trouble finding clothes that fit, his haircut takes forever and shoes in his size? Nearly impossible. But Bigfoot also has all the common fears your kiddos face: riding the bus, sitting still, making mistakes. He’s so worked up he almost wants to quit school before it even starts. But then…he starts to remember all the reasons school is going to rock. Will Bigfoot make it? Read this adorable story to find out!

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $16.99
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6. Lily’s Cat Mask 
by Julie Fortenberry

Lily’s cat mask helps her take on the world, but can it help her take on a new school? She thinks so! But then the teacher declares no masks allowed in class. Now Lily has to make friends and get through the day without her trusty mask. Kids will relate to Lily’s plight and love the illustrations.

Ages: 4-6
Cost: $17.99
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What books do you read to help ease into the back to school routine? 

—Amber Guetebier