It’s time to go back to school. Our list below suggests some books to help you get back into the school swing. Visit your local library and check one out today.
For ages 3 & up
I am Absolutely Too Small for School. (Candlewick. ages 3 & up. $16.99) by Lauren Child.When Lola is worried about starting school, her older brother Charlie reassures her.
Llama Llama Misses Mama. (Viking Juvenile., ages 3 & up. $17.99) by Anna Dewdney.Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.
Chrysanthemum. (Mulberry Books. ages 4 & up. $6.99) by Kevin Henkes.Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School. (Greenwillow Books. ages 4 & up. $9.99) by Herman Parish.A literal-minded first-grader's first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight.
Welcome to Kindergarten. (Walker Children's. ages 3 & up. $6.99) by Anne Rockwell.A boy visits the classroom where he will attend kindergarten the following fall and finds out what is in store for him.
Frindle. (Antheneum Books for Young Readers. ages 8 & up. $5.99) by Andrew Clements.When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
The Lemonade War. (Sandpiper. ages 9 & up, $5.99) by Jacqueline Davies.Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars.
Back to School Mallory. (First Avenue Editions. ages 7 & up, $5.95) by Laurie B. Friedman.After moving, eight-year-old Mallory struggles with being new at school, especially because her mother is now the music teacher and director of the third grade play.
Schooled. (Hyperion Books for Children. ages 10 & up, $5.99) by Gordon Korman.Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie, but when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator. (Knopf. ages 12 & up. $16.99) by Josh Berk.Sixteen-year-old Guy Langman, his best friend Anoop, and other members of the school Forensics Club investigate a break-in and a possible murder, which could be connected to the mysterious past of Guy's recently-deceased father.
I’d Tell You I Love You but then I’d Have to Kill You. (Hyperion Books for Children, ages 12 & up. $8.99) by Ally Carter.As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.
Reel Life starring Us. (Amulet Books. ages 10 & up. $16.95) by Lisa Greenwald .Dina is used to being popular but starting a new school in eighth grade is difficult, especially where cliques rule, and although working with "queen bee" Chelsea on a video project should help, Chelsea is hiding huge family problems that could mean trouble for both girls.
Pop. (Balzar and Bray. ages 13 & up. $8.99) by Gordon Korman.Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.
Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip . (Scholastic,. ages 12 & up. $17.99) by Jordan Sonnenblick.After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he's becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.
Stargirl. (Laurel Leaf, $6.99, ages 12 & up) by Jerry Spinelli.In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.