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School is just around the corner! One of our favorite ways to celebrate the start of a new school year is by reading books. We read a couple of books each night leading up to the start of school.
The list of 25 First Day of School Books are perfect for read-alouds. Some books are great for budding readers who are just beginning to practice reading on their own or with someone. While others are for more seasoned readers. The books are about returning to school and easing the fears of the first day.
25 First Day of School Books
First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwells Classroom Adventures) by Julie Danneberg – Sarah Jane doesn’t want to go to school but she reluctantly ends up going. The ending is a fun surprise. (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)
My First Day of School by Michelle Medlock Adams – Follow a little boy as he explores his classroom, makes new friends, and enjoys all the creative and interesting activities school can offer. (Preschool – Kindergarten)
The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz – On his first day of school, John, spins a whooper of a yarn about his old school. (1st – 4th Grade)
Little Critter: First Day of School by Mercer Mayer – Follow Little critter as he gets ready for an exciting first day of school. (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
This School Year Will Be the BEST! by Kay Winters – New classmates share their hopes for the school year. (1st – 3rd Grade)
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – Everyone is nervous about the first day of school including the school. (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
It’s Back To School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around The World by Ellen Jackson – Children from 11 different countries head back to school. The story includes fact boxes sharing a bit about the culture too. (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)
Curious George’s First Day of School by H. A. Rey – George gets into all kinds of mischief when he is invited to be Mr. Apple’s special helper on the first day of school. (Preschool – 3rd Grade)
Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick – 1st grade was tougher than kindergarten but it was okay. But Tyler’s sisters have shared the horrors of second grade and these two friends don’t want to go! (1st – 3rd Grade)
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen – Mr. Fish is nervous about not knowing how to do so many things until he learns that school is just the place to learn those new things. (Preschool – Kindergarten)
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing – Penny is excited to start 1st grade with her best friend however there are a few jitters. (Kindergarten – 1st Grade)
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish – Amelia Bedelia loves school but her literal mindedness makes for a difficult first day. (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
How Not to Start Third Grade by Cathy Hapka and Ellen Titlebaum – Will’s very mischievous bother Steve is starting Kindergarten at Will’s school! (2nd – 4th Grade)
Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman – Chu the panda with the big sneeze is nervous about his first day of school and how others will react to his “talent.” (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
First Grade, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg – We’re in the big leagues now as we celebrate all the big and small moments of first grade. (Kindergarten – 1st Grade)
Schoolies: My First Day of School by Ellen Crimi-Trent – A reassuring story about one of the most important days in any child’s life, seen through the eyes of the Schoolies. (Preschool – 1st Grade)
Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger – Amber Brown is ready for second grade and second grade better be ready for Amber Brown! (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)
Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton – Homework on the first day of school? What will Splat decide to share. (Preschool – 3rd Grade)
Second Grade, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg – Fun and silly poems celebrate all the excitement of second grade. (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade)
Miss Mingo and the First Day of School by Jamie Harper – Animal facts and a cute first day of school story. (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
Cam Jansen: the First Day of School Mystery #22 by David A. Adler – Cam needs to solve the mystery of why their teacher was arrested on the first day of school. (2nd – 5th Grade)
Monsters Love School by Mike Austin – Join the Monsters as they head off on the biggest adventure yet… school. (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
On the First Day of First Grade by Tish Rabe – Find out all the exciting firsts in this first grade adaption to the 12 Days of Christmas. (Kindergarten – 1st Grade)
Clifford’s First School Day by Norman Birdwell – Clifford the puppy has a lot of fun trying to do everything on his first day of school. (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
My Weird School Special: Back to School, Weird Kids Rule! by Dan Gutman – Summer is almost over. Can A.J. and the gang make the last days of summer the most memorable? (1st – 5th Grade)
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Do you have any fun first day of school books to recommend to us for next time? Share them in the comments below!
Have a great day!
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