The school year is about to start for my kids! This year my oldest is going to second grade, and my older daughter gets to go to kindergarten. The teacher in me loves this back-to-school season: the new school supplies, the excitement, the amazing back-to-school books.
Despite the school year looking a bit different for most of us this year, I’ve still pulled out all of my fun books to get my own kids excited to start school again. Take a look to find one for your own little learners! These sweet picture books are for a variety of young kids – recommended for preschool through second grade (you’ll see some are better for the littles and some better for older kids).
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We love the Lola series books, and this one will get young students excited and reassured about the first day. Lola gets ready with her family, takes pictures, and heads to school to play and read. Before she knows it, it’s time to go home!
Henry isn’t so sure he’s ready for school, but when he gets there he realizes how much fun school is! This story will walk new kindergarteners through the school day, getting them excited for all the new activities.
While not particularly about school, this English and Spanish book is a great choice if you’d like to get kids singing. A new spin on “The Wheels on the Bus,” it starts out with two kids getting on a school bus, and ends at a field trip to a carnival.
This amazing book is about Sofía and her first day at a bilingual school. We follow along with her as she figures out how she’ll communicate with her teacher and peers in a new language. Love this for dual language classrooms!
This book celebrates that all students in the class are unique. A great choice to highlight student’s differences (especially in a dual language class with native English and native Spanish speakers) and start the year off as a classroom family that respects everyone.
Another classic book, Crisantemo is a passionate mouse who stops liking her name when her classmates make fun of it. However, with the help of a new music teacher, she decides her name is perfect for her!
An excellent book to help kids be proud of who they are, even (and especially) if it’s different than everyone else! Marisol McDonald is a biracial little girl who does things her very own, mixed up, unique way.
Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has six names – and she thinks that’s too many! But when she learns about the special person and story behind each name, she becomes proud of her name and heritage.
This inspiring story teaches kids the importance of building others up with our words and actions. When we use kind words, help someone, or give a hug, we fill someone’s bucket. But we can also be bucket dippers, too.
by René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Fabiola Graullera Ramirez
Young René Colato Laínez is from El Salvador and has two last names. When his teacher leaves off his second last name, he feels like he lost half his family. Then he gets to present his family tree to the class, and he shows them the importance of both his family names.
On Abby’s first day of school, she and her classmates have fun learning all about their new rules. This simple and clear series also includes rules for the school, library, playground, and school bus – all in English or Spanish.
La escuela de buenas maneras de Doña Carmela
by James Maclaine, illustrated by Rosie Reeve
Follow along with little raccoon Alberto as he goes through his school day. His teacher, Doña Carmela, helps him change his bad manners to good ones by teaching him the rules in each area of the school.
Enjoy the first weeks of a new school year! I hope these books will calm your kids’ fears and get them excited to have fun learning.