School is right around the corner (or has already started for lots of people). Time to start thinking of books about starting school. Or at least books about school.
books about starting school
- Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry G. Allard Jr. and James Marshall. My all-time favorite school story. Obviously.
- David Goes to School by David Shannon. I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t like the David books. Including my own children.
- Baloney by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. This duo always comes up with the most hilariously weird books. This one, about an alien telling his teacher why he’s late for school, is no exception.
- I Spy School Days: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick. Ella is super into I Spy books these days. And this one is my favorite – all the pages are so amazing.
- Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Shane Prigmore. Suit up for the newest adventure for five years old.
- Lost and Found by Andrew Clements and Mark Elliott. I really like Andrew Clements, and this story of twin boys who pretend to be a single person so they can take turns going to school really delighted me.
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Have you read this book? When August decides to go to public school in fifth grade, he knows it’s going to be tricky, thanks to his severe facial deformity. And he’s not wrong – it’s quite the year for everyone involved.
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar and Julie Brinckloe. I’ll admit that these books are a bit too weird for my taste, but my sisters both loved them and they are hugely popular even today.
- Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. Seven students tell the story of their fifth grade year and their teacher Mr. Terupt who makes the classroom a place they all want to be. And then the accident that happens on a snowy winter day.
A Few Crafts, Activities, and Recipes:
- Make candy apple pretzels
- Pretend your driveway is a giant chalkboard and go to town.
- Make Rolo pencils
- Teach your kids some classic school-yard games like hopscotch and four square.
P.S. Chronicle Books is giving away three back-to-school books, Planet Kindergarten, Seamonster’s First Day and Jumping Jack! (giveaway is closed)
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