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With summer ending in a few short weeks and back to school shopping in full force, do your kiddos have the first day of school jitters already? We’ve put together a great list of books to help with that! These books are geared toward elementary age kids. If you have younger ones just starting out in school, we have list for that too! 12 Great Back To School Books for Preschool and Kindergarten
Most of the books can be found for a great price on Amazon or if you’d prefer to borrow them, be sure to search one of the Harford County Public Library branches.
This School Year Will Be the BEST! by Kay Winters
On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids? hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it?s looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone?s wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt?this school year will definitely be the best!
First Grade, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson
After the first day of first grade, Henry’s not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn’t like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he’ll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won’t be so bad after all.
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing and Deborah Zemke
It’’s the night before the Big Day—-first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore’s classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers —as well as the “heroine” of the story— and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.
Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) by Barbara Park
Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! Hurray, hurray for a brand-new school year! Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here’s the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard, she can’t seem to see what everyone else is seeing! Is it possible she might actually end up wearing glasses?
Best Seat in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah and Abby Carter
Sam is tired of waiting to be Hamster Helper. So when his class takes a trip to the science museum, Sam decides to bring along something extra . . .
Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
Amber Brown is excited to be starting second grade–and a little nervous, too. But Amber Brown decides she’s ready for whatever happens, and second grade had better be ready for Amber Brown!
How to Be Cool in the Third Grade by Betsy Duffey and Janey Wilson
It’s not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3)Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple!
Who’s Afraid of Fourth Grade? by Nancy E. Krulik and John and Wendy
At first, Katie and her friends can’t wait to enter the fourth grade! But with the pressure of new classes, teachers, and friends, Katie isn’t so sure she likes it after all. And to make matters worse, the magic wind appears twice-and turns her into her new friend Emma Weber, who has her hands full with three younger siblings to help take care of, and then into her former best friend Suzanne as she’s about to make her fashion runway debut! What’s a fourth-grader to do?
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher’s pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don’t want when you are keeping a secret.
President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston
When Brianna Justice’s hero, the famous celebrity chef Miss Delicious, speaks at her school and traces her own success back to being president of her fifth grade class, Brianna determines she must do the same. She just knows that becoming president of her class is the first step toward her own cupcake-baking empire!
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