Reading for the First Day of School

It’s time. My friends in Arizona have been back for weeks now, while our neighbors here in North Carolina won’t go back for another fortnight. It’s the first day of school at our house and I’m remembering this episode of The Cosby Show (like I do every first day of school). It’s especially appropriate this year because I have a new Kindergartener sitting at the table waiting to start and a fourth grader trying to sneak in one more hour of summer vacation before breakfast. Whenever the first day of school is for you, starting the year off with books is a great choice. Here are 5 book lists full of ideas for back-to-school reads worth reading again and again:

7 Picture Books for Back to School is a list I shared here on this very blog a year ago. Turns out I still love the choices. Miss Nelson is Missing! is sitting in our library stack right now just waiting to be read.

14 Perfect Picture Books for the First Weeks of School from We Are Teachers is full of favorite read aloud recommended from actual teachers, grouped by type. They have everything from books just for kindergarteners to books for the new kid(s) in school.

Read, Write, Think is one of my favorite resources when planning reading and language arts lessons. Their Back to School Booklist is grouped by grade, which is perfect when you need a back-to-school book for an older child. My fourth grader laughs through My Teacher Is a Monster! (No I Am Not.) as much as his little sister does, but he also enjoys books about kids his age. I’ve got my eye on Amelia’s Notebook for him this year.

7 Back-to-School Books to Encourage Kids and Calm Nerves from Lu and Bean is full of ideas for any students a little nervous about heading off to school. Dad’s First Day is a favorite around our house. You can listen to Lu and Bean interview the author on episode 10 of their adorable podcast.

Read Brightly’s Back to School 2017 is full of suggestions for parents and teachers, including a link to 14 Books to Help Kids Get Ready for the New School Year, activities and printables for parents, and new middle-grade fiction elementary school teachers should know.

Happy first day back whenever it falls in your neck of the woods. Did I forget your favorite back-to-school book? Let me know! I’m always looking for more.


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