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Whether you’re teaching in a classroom or in your home, kids may be a little apprehensive about going back to school.
For some, it’s a brand new classroom and a brand new teacher. For others, it’s a new schedule, new curriculum, and a return to structure.
No matter where you or who you are teaching, this amazing collection of first day of school books will set your kids’ minds at ease. Ease the transition of a new school year with these first day of school books!
First Day of School Books
You can find these books at your local library or bookstore. If they’re unavailable, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the links provided.
It’s Back to School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around the World | It’s Back to School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around the World rounds up 11 first-day-of-school tales.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are | How can Ralph be so mean? Lucy is one of a kind and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make a good choice.
My Mouth is a Volcano | All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano!
Chrysanthemum | Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?
David Goes to School | David’s teacher has her hands full. From running in the halls to chewing gum in class, David’s high-energy antics fill each school day with trouble — and are sure to bring a smile to even the best- behaved reader.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books | There was an old lady who’s ready for school! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for the first day of school. Now she’s swallowing items to make the very best of her first day back. And just in time for the bus…
Morris Goes to School | Morris the Moose can’t read or count, so he decides to go to school. After a day of ABCs and 123s, Morris is thrilled with all that he has learned.
If You Take a Mouse to School | If you take a mouse to school, he’ll ask you for your lunch box. When you give him your lunch box, he’ll want a sandwich to go in it. Then he’ll need a notebook and some pencils. He’ll probably want to share your backpack, too.
Clifford Goes to Kindergarten | Emily Elizabeth is starting Kindergarten and she’s a little nervous. Good thing that the teacher sent a note home that says each child can bring something from home to make the transition a little easier. But the teacher didn’t bet on a child bringing something–or someone–as big as Clifford!
The Kissing Hand | School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.
Countdown to Kindergarten |It’s just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know–from a first grader–about what it’s going to be like. You can’t bring your cat, you can’t bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can’t ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied–and you’re the only one in the class who doesn’t know how to tie them up again?
My Teacher’s My Friend | This story of the friendship between child and teacher is a must for all first-time students
Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School | Pete the Cat can’t decide what to wear to school in Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School. With so many groovy options to choose from, Pete finds the perfect way to show off his creativity.
Froggy Goes to School | Froggy’s mother knows that everyone’s nervous on the first day of school. “Not me!” says Froggy, and together they leapfrog to the bus stop — flop flop flop. Froggy’s exuberant antics will delight his many fans and reassure them that school can be fun.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten | It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin!
My First Day of School | A young boy starts his first day of school not knowing what to expect. Follow along as he explores his classroom, makes new friends, and enjoys all the creative and interesting activities school can offer.
Ally-saurus & the First Day of School | You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she’ll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she’s the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be “princesses” snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends?
A Tiger Tail (or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) | Anya wakes up to discover that she has grown a tiger tail. Yes, a striped tiger tail. It also happens to be the first day of school. What will the other kids think? Are girls with tiger tails even allowed to go to school?! Anya is about to find out.
The Night Before First Grade | It’’s the night before the Big Day—-first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom.
The Berenstain Bears Go to School | All the cubs in Bear Country are ready for the new school year . . . except for Sister Bear. She is about to start kindergarten, but can’t stop worrying about what it will be like. Will her teacher be nice? Will she make friends? What will she do all day in class?
Mouse’s First Day of School | Mouse decides to hide inside a bright red backpack…and ends up at school! As he explores this place full of colors, letters, and numbers, Mouse discovers a world beyond his imagination–and makes some friends along the way.
Little Critter: First Day of School | Little Critter is a bit nervous about starting school today. There’s a lot to be done before he can even get on the bus—he has to pick out his clothes, find his backpack, pack the perfect lunch, and say good-bye to Mom.
The Night Before Preschool | It’s the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can’t fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he’s too excited about going back!
Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! | It’s the first day of school and there’s only time for Splat to share one of his summer adventures with the class. Will it be the time he went searching for pirate treasure? Or the time he went swimming with sharks in the ocean? But before the end of the day, Splat knows exactly what to talk about—and it’s the biggest surprise of all!
On the First Day of Kindergarten | On the first day of kindergarten, there’s so much to do! From making new friends to jumping rope in gym to riding the bus to school, there are lots of exciting firsts to look forward to. Even though saying good-bye to Mom and Dad is hard, when the school bus pulls up, it’s time to begin kindergarten fun.
School’s First Day of School | It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?
Miss Mingo and the First Day of School | If there’s an elephant in the classroom — along with an alligator, a koala, a centipede, an octopus, and who knows what else — it must be Miss Mingo’s class on the fi rst day of school! Miss Mingo, a flashy flamingo, starts off the year by inviting all creatures big and small to share something special about themselves.
First Day Jitters | Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it…
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School | Amelia Bedelia is sure that she will absolutely love school—after all, what’s not to love? But after hopping on the bus “just like a bunny” (hurry up, sweetie!), confusing her name tag with a game (we are not playing tag), and gluing herself to her seat (oh, dear), Amelia Bedelia discovers that what she takes for granted is not always the way the world works.
Curious George’s First Day of School | It’s the first day of school, and Curious George has been invited to Mr. Apple’s class to be a special helper! George is just the right monkey for the job—until he starts to wreak his usual havoc, that is.
What is your favorite book to read on the first day of school? Did it make my list?
Glenda Cates says
Wonderful list of books that I have shared with my children and most of them we reread each year so I would like to thank you for putting the list together as my son will be going into 4th grade so I wanted to find a new book for him this week and you gave me the incentive to look.