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SOME of our books
Below are SOME of our titles for back to school/first day of school reading. Mouse over the to get more information about the book. Click on the author link to access the library record and to check availability. Have fun!
Titles A -- H
Adelita and the Veggie Cousins / Adelita y las primas Verduritas by It was Adelita's first day at a new school, and she didn't know anyone! As Miss Cantu started a lesson on vegetables, cries of "I hate vegetables" filled the classroom. She watched the kids as they gathered around the teacher's desk to select a vegetable of their own from the basket. Two boys tossed a brown vegetable like a football!
But it's the friendly girl in the red T-shirt who introduces herself as Jasmine that interests Adelita most. She offers Adelita her choice of the green or yellow vegetable, observing "these two veggies must be cousins" because they look alike. When Jasmine wonders what they're called, Adelita says her grandmother calls them calabacitas. Ms. Cantu overhears the girls and confirms that the squash are related. And to Adelita's surprise, her teacher also calls squash calabacitas!
Children--and some parents too--will look at vegetables in a whole new way after reading this charming story about making new friends. Award-winning author Diane Gonzales Bertrand once again pairs with illustrator Christina Rodriguez to create a book that will resonate with children ages 4-8 as they build skills and confidence in school and social situations.
Call Number: Juv PZ73 .B4425 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-31
Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by From the author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, ONE COOL FRIEND! Annie Grace wears her ?Adventure Annie? cape to her first day of kindergarten, and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment. Her interpretation of the class's Gold Star Rules isn't exactly what her teacher, Mr. Todd, had in mind. But somehow Annie does manage to save the day when two of her classmates get lost on their way to retrieve the afternoon snack. Spirited and funny, this is an introduction to kindergarten that will please kids and teachers alike.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.B9832 Ad 2010
Publication Date: 2010-05-13
Ally-Saurus and the First Day of School by You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she'll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she's the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be "princesses" snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise ending, this fun picture book celebrates children's boundless imagination.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.T64573 All 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
Back to School by These books are published in partnership with Shakti for Children which is dedicated to teaching children to value diversity and to grow into productive, caring citizens of the world. Shakti for Children is a program of The Global Fund for Children.Children from Canada to Mali and from Peru to China share the joys, struggles, and triumphs of student life.
Call Number: Juv LB1556 .A56 2001
Publication Date: 2001-07-01
Back to School Tortoise by It's time to go back to school. But Tortoise is worried. What if he falls down? What if he doesn't like lunch? What if the kids are mean to him? What if he falls down, doesn't like lunch, and the kids are mean to him? The perfect back-to-school book about being brave, with a surprise at the end!
Call Number: Juv PZ7.G293344 Bac 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
The Best Thing about Kindergarten by It's graduation day and Ms. Appleby asks her students, "What is the best thing about Kindergarten?" They all have an answer--and every answer is different. But Ms. Appleby has a secret answer that will surprise them all!
Call Number: Juv PZ7.L7773 Be 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-10
Busing Brewster by A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book Brewster is excited about starting first grade . . . until Mama announces that he'll be attending Central--a school in the white part of town. Mama says they have art and music and a library bursting with books, but Brewster isn't so sure he'll fit in. Being black at a white school isn't easy, and Brewster winds up spending his first day in detention at the library. But there he meets a very special person: Miss O'Grady. The librarian sees into Brewster's heart and gives him not only the gift of books but also the ability to believe in himself. This powerful and tender story of desegregation in the 1970s introduces readers to the brave young heroes who helped to build a new world.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.M581915 Bu 2010
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
Captain Freddy Counts down to School by It's Freddy's first day of school, and he needs to get ready. But school is big, it's far away, and it's full of strangers. Luckily, Freddy remembers he has work to do--in space! When his mom reminds him to put on his shoes, he pulls on his moon boots instead and blasts off. Captain Freddy's adventures in space may just make him ready for his big day back on Earth.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.S559148 Cap 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-12
Chu's First Day of School by A picture book school story featuring the New York Times bestselling panda named Chu from Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman and acclaimed illustrator Adam Rex! Chu, the adorable panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off for his first day of school, and he's nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school? And will Chu do what he does best? Chu's First Day of School is a perfect read-aloud story about the universal experience of starting school.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.G1273 Ch 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
The Class by Count along with twenty young students from nineteen different homes as they get ready for their first day of kindergarten. Alarm clocks go off and students all over town wake up and get ready for their big day. Some feel eager, others are nervous, and a few are even grumpy! But they all get dressed, eat breakfast, pack backpacks, and make their way to school, where they will meet their new teacher and become a wonderful new class. Boni Ashburn's snappy rhyming text and Kimberly Gee's adorable and diverse group of children make this a great pick for little ones getting ready for their first day of school.
Call Number: Juv Folio PZ8.3.A737 Cl 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
Dustin's Big School Day by Dustin, the popular hero of Big Brother Dustin, is in second grade now. Today, Dave and Skippy are coming to his school for a big assembly! Lucky Dustin has the scoop on Dave and Skippy because his dad went to school with Dave.The excitement builds as Dustin, who happens to have Down syndrome, and his classmates follow their regular school day. Teachers wisely use Dave and Skippy as examples in math problems and language arts activities. Just who are Dave and Skippy? Readers will find out when Dustin finally gets called out of class to help greet the special visitors!
Call Number: Juv PZ7 .C2426 Du 1999
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
First Grade Dropout by The first grade narrator of this book has been lots of things: Hungry. Four years old. Crazy bored. Soaking wet. Pretty regular kid . . . until he makes a mistake so big that he's sure he will never be able to go back to Lakeview Elementary School. All readers, even those not in first grade, will find the narrator's feelings familiar, and discover that even though embarrassing things happen, they're usually not as bad as they seem. And sometimes they're even funny!
Call Number: Juv PZ7.V5973 Fi 2015
Publication Date: 2015-07-07
Goldfish by I am Lou Brown: Social outcast, precocious failure, 5'10" andstill growing. I was on the fast track to the Olympic superstardom. Now, I'm training boys too cool to talk to me. In a sport I just made up. In a fish tank. My life has quickly become very weird. Nat Luurtsema's YA debut is side-splittingly funny and painfully true to anyone who's just trying to figure out how they fit into the world.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.L9795542 Go 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-07
Goodbye Brings Hello by Like Bernie Waber's COURAGE and Davis' KINDERGARTEN ROCKS!, this inspiring, vibrantly illustrated gift book is perfect for celebrating life's milestones, both great and small--especially that first day of kindergarten. There are many ways of letting go. With each goodbye, a new hello. From being pushed on a swing to learning how to pump your legs yourself, from riding a beloved trike to mastering your first bike ride, from leaving the comforts of home behind to venturing forth on that first day of school, milestones are exciting but hard. They mean having to say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next. Honest and uplifting, this cheerfully illustrated ode to change gently empowers readers to brave life's milestones, both large and small.
Call Number: Juv PZ8.3.W58735 Go 2018
Publication Date: 2018-06-26
Greetings, Leroy by The first day at a new school is nerve-wracking enough, never mind when it's in a new country! In this lively picture book from award-winning storyteller Itah Sadu, Roy realizes he may come to love his new home in Canada as much as he loves his old home in Jamaica. Written as an email to a friend back home, this picture book tells the story of Roy, whose family has just moved to Canada from Jamaica. His new home is different from his old home - in Canada, even the sun feels cold! His nerves ease, though, as welcome reminders of home follow him through his day. His neighbor gives him a button as a gift for his first day of school. The principal tells him about the soccer team and his new class makes him feel welcome. Everything is looking up until Roy goes to show his classmates his new button and he can't find it! He rushes back to the principal's office where they look up and down and all around for the button. Thanks to his powers of observation, Roy finds it in an unexpected place and is able to show it to his new friends. The friendly people he meets, and their shared love of Bob Marley, make for a good start at his new school. By the end of the day, Roy is happy to find a piece of his old home in his new home. Sadu captures the voice of a young boy in a new country in this story about finding a new home while still staying proud of where you're from. Harlem-based artist Alix Delinois shows the joy of making new friends with his vibrant, layered paintings.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.S1272 Gr 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-16
Hands Off, Harry! by "Wells' details of the kindergarten classroom are spot-on, and, as always, her illustrations, rendered here in textured mixed-material collages, perfectly capture young children's body language and emotions." --Booklist Beloved picture book author-illustrator Rosemary Wells brings her signature humor and trademark knack for understanding young readers to issues of personal space in the first book in the Kindergator series. Perfect for classroom use or for reading and sharing at home. "Guess what happened at school today!" Kindergators work and play happily in Miss Harmony's class. But Harry isn't being a good classmate! He's disrupting Friendly Circle, causing accidents, and upsetting the class. Can the Kindergators find a way to help Harry learn to respect personal space?
Call Number: Juv PZ7.W46843 Han 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-21
Henry in Love Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker.Then there's Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel. This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.M47841327 He 2010
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
Titles K -- Te
Kindergarten Is Cool! by Get ready for kindergarten in this fun rhyming story that gets rid of first day of school anxiety! When you wake up for school you'll get dressed, really cool with your sneakers and socks and your lunch in a box . . . Kindergarten's begun. Big kids say that it's fun. But is that really true? Will it be fun . . . for you? Celebrate all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every kid entering kindergarten in this charming second-person narrative. Whether it's early-morning jitters or becoming familiar with new classroom routines, this sweet and bouncy story will have expectant kindergarteners saying, "Kindergarten is cool!"
Call Number: Juv PZ8.3.M39555 Ki 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
Lena's Shoes Are Nervous by In the tradition of School's First Day of School, debut author Keith Calabrese and Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Medina share a sweet, universal story about a clever little girl whose shoes are nervous about the first day of school. Today is a big day! Today, Lena starts kindergarten. She is very excited. But there's just one problem... Lena's shoes are nervous. Lena doesn't want to miss out on her first day of school, but she can't go without her favorite shoes! How can she convince them to be brave?
Call Number: Juv PZ7.1.C276 Len 2018
Publication Date: 2018-07-03
The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up. When you're an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant--and from their first moments in the world together, they've never left each other's side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were together. When fifth grade arrives, however, it's decided that Iris and Lark should be split into different classrooms, and something breaks in them both. Iris is no longer so confident; Lark retreats into herself as she deals with challenges at school. And at the same time, something strange is happening in the city around them, things both great and small going missing without a trace. As Iris begins to understand that anything can be lost in the blink of an eye, she decides it's up to her to find a way to keep her sister safe.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.U692 Los 2019
Publication Date: 2019-02-12
Marco Goes to School by The irrepressibly inquisitive Marco is off to school in this picture book fromNew Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Marco is the busiest bird, and it's time he goes to school! There is so much to do at school, from lessons to lunch to building a block tower to the moon! But Marco soon learns that his plans for the day may be just a bit too ambitious. Luckily, school has one extra surprise for him--and that's a new friend! In Marco's latest wacky adventure, acclaimed cartoonist Roz Chast proves that it's not getting to the moon that counts--it's the friends we make along the way.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.C3877 Mar 2012
Publication Date: 2012-07-10
Monkey by Kindergarten is only a week away...but Monkey is NOT ready. What if he gets on the wrong bus? What if they don't have any red crayons? What if he doesn't like the snacks? What if he doesn't make new friends? There are so many thoughts running through Monkey's head! But step by step, his family eases his worries- they get him a new backpack, help him read books about school, prepare his lunch, and make sure Monkey is excited-and ready-for the Big Day.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.B81618 Mk 2015
Publication Date: 2015-06-23
Mr. Wolf's Class by Mr. Wolf has just started teaching fourth grade at Hazelwood Elementary. He wants the first day of school to go well, but he's got his hands full with his new class. Some of his students include: Margot, a new student who is trying to make friends. She might have something in common with Sampson, who brought something special to school for show-and-tell. Aziza just wants everyone to be quiet and do their work. Meanwhile, Penny, who is VERY sleepy because she has a new baby brother at home, goes missing! This delightful new series captures the everyday -- and unexpected -- ups and downs of a fourth-grade classroom.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.7.S742 Mr 2018
Publication Date: 2018-06-26
A New School Year by In a unique narrative, readers meet a diverse group of six children ranging in age from Kindergarten through ﬁfth grade. With nerves and excitement each child gears up for a new school year by hustling in the morning, meeting new teachers and new classmates during the day, and heading home with homework and relief by day's end. Simple, bright illustrations focus on each child and his/her worries, hopes, and successes on the ﬁrst day of school.
Call Number: Juv PS3554.E6666 B88 2017
Publication Date: 2017-06-27
The Pirate of Kindergarten by Doubles are good for lots of things--double scoops of ice cream, double features at the movies. But double vision is NOT a good kind of double. In fact, it can make kindergarten kind of hard. Ginny sees double chairs at reading circle and double words in her books. She knows that only half of what she sees is real, but which half? The solution to her problem is wondrously simple: an eye patch! Ginny becomes the pirate of kindergarten.With the help of her pirate patch, Ginny can read, run, and even snip her scissors with double the speed! Vibrant illustrations from Lynne Avril capture the realities of what Ginny sees both before and after.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.L9954 Pi 2010
Publication Date: 2010-06-22
The Poet X by Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award! Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers--especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent. "Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice." --Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation "An incredibly potent debut." --Jason Reynolds, author of the National Book Award Finalist Ghost "Acevedo has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero." --Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street
Call Number: Juv PZ7.5.A35 Po 2018
Publication Date: 2018-03-06
Polka-Dot Fixes Kindergarten by It's Polka-dot's first day of kindergarten and armed with her trusty fix-it kit, she can handle anything--just like her Grandpa. When she gets to school, though, everything goes wrong. Her name-tag has her baby name on it and she makes a mess when she tries to paint! Duct tape, runny soap, and dotted bandages just aren't enough to fix her kindergarten catastrophes. And, when it comes to dealing with that meanie Liz, Polka-dot finds herself in a fix. Can Polka-dot finds a way to make peace with Liz? This sweetly illustrated story of first-day blues is perfect for anxious youngsters preparing for school.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.U638 Po 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Turn little pouts into big smiles! Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math--until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.
Call Number: Juv PZ8.3.D565 Pp 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by To celebrate a timeless classic, we're releasing a special paper-over-board edition of Newbery Honor Book Ramona Quimby, Age 8, featuring a foreword written by actress, producer, and author Amy Poehler, as well as an exclusive interview with Beverly Cleary herself. Ramona likes that she's old enough to be counted on, but must everything depend on her? Mrs. Quimby has gone back to work so that Mr. Quimby can return to school, and Ramona is expected to be good for Mrs. Kemp while her parents are away, to be brave enough to ride the school bus by herself, and to put up with being teased by Danny the Yard Ape. In Ramona's world, being eight isn't easy, but it's never dull!
Call Number: Juv PZ7.C5792 Rais 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-26
School's First Day of School by It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.
Call Number: Juv Folio PZ7.R32865 Sc 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
Sea Monster's First Day by Sea monster Ernest is starting his first day of school. But starting school is a big job! Fitting in when you're a sea monster is tough enough, and there's so much to learn and do--reading, singing, playing hide-and-seek with the fishermen, lunchtime in the algae patch....This funny, charming twist on the worries and joys of starting school will reassure and delight the smallest children and the largest sea monsters alike.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.M5615 Se 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-22
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus by Kyle is dreading his first trip aboard the school bus. Luckily, his big brother, James, is a school bus expert. James gives Kyle ten rules for riding the bus that he absolutely, positivelymustobey if he wants to avoid getting laughed at or yelled at, pushed around, or even pounded. During his fateful ride, Kyle grapples with each unbreakable rule. Along the way, he discovers that the school bus isn't so bad, and he may even have a thing or two to teach his brother.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.G76584 Ten 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-04
Ti -- Z
A Tiger Tail by From the creative mind of rising star Mike Boldt comes a hilarious and original tale about overcoming back-to-school jitters, making new friends, and taking things in stride. Anya wakes up to discover that she has grown a tiger tail. Yes, a striped tiger tail. It also happens to be the first day of school. What will the other kids think? Are girls with tiger tails even allowed to go to school?! Anya is about to find out.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.B635863 Tig 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
Time for (Earth) School, Dewey Dew by Click-Clack Waddle Dot Dewey Dew from Planet Eight Hundred Seventy-Two Point Nine does not want to go to school--not on his planet, and definitely not on Planet Earth at Mrs. Brightsun's School for Little Learners. Everything on Earth is different. His clothes don't fit right, his classmates don't look like him, and even Earth noises sound weird. In this first day of school story with a twist, nervous Dewey Dew learns that new experiences--like going to school on another planet--might be okay after all.
Call Number: Juv PZ7.S83 Tim 2016
Publication Date: 2016-06-21
Twig by Heidi the stick insect prepares for her first day of school in this "whimsical and warm" (Children's Book Daily) picture book in the tradition of Where's Waldo. Heidi is a stick insect, tall and long like the twig of a tree. It's her first day at a busy bug school, where she hopes to learn and make new friends. But finding friends isn't easy when no one can find you!
Call Number: Juv PZ7.1.P362 Twi 2018
Publication Date: 2018-07-03
We Don't Eat Our Classmates! by 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...
Call Number: Juv PZ7.H534962 W43 2018
Publication Date: 2018-06-19