Top 5 Back to School Books

School may look a little different in your house this year....

  • If you chose to send your kids back to school, that is the right choice.
  • If you chose to participate in e-learning, that is the right choice.
  • If you chose to home school your kiddos, that is the right choice.

No matter what school looks like for you, your kids are still "going back" and so I’ve rounded up a list of my family's Top 5 books about Back to School. All of the books are a great read for the first day...or any day! They talk about first day jitters, making friends, how you want to be treated, dealing with meanies, plus they are just plain fun!


First Day Critter Jitters by Jory John

It's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous. Sloth worries about getting there on time, snake can't seem to get his backpack fastened onto his body, and bunny is afraid she'll want to hop around instead of sitting still. When they all arrive at their classroom, though, they're in for a surprise: Somebody else is nervous too. It's their teacher, the armadillo! He has rolled in as a ball, and it takes him a while to relax and unfurl. But by the next day, the animals have all figured out how to help one another through their jitters. School isn't so scary after all.

Click, Clack, Quack to School by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Farmer Brown has been invited to be a guest at the elementary school’s Farm Day! The animals excitedly practice their best classroom behavior: standing quietly in line, using their inside voices, and learning how to share. But then they find out that farm animals aren’t actually allowed in school (who knew they were considered a health code violation?!). Rules are rules, so Farmer Brown goes to school solo—or so he thinks…for while our favorite barnyard bunch don’t get high marks in rules, they do excel in disguise.

We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

Pigeon Has to Go To School by Mo Willems

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

Milk Goes To School by Terry Border

First days of school are tough, and making new friends is even tougher. Milk's dad gave her a sparkly new backpack and told her that she was the creme de la creme, but most of the other kids don't seem to agree. In fact, some of her new classmates think Milk is just little a bit spoiled. . . .


Looking for a way to incorporate understanding and reading comprehension? Before your kiddo can give a book the thumbs up or thumbs down, have them complete this "handy" book review created by Amy Mascott of

One hand book review for kids

Click HERE or on the picture to download.

And don't forget there are still officially 41 days left of summer...plenty of time to have fun with Summer Reading BINGO!

Happy Reading!

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Top 5 back to school books

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