17 Read-Alouds for Back to School

Are you looking for stories to read to your students during the first week of school? Perhaps you have a nervous little one at home, and you want to start getting ready for the transition back to school schedules. Here are 17 of the most popular picture books about the first day of school.

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

By Audrey Vernik

Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, he learns that one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine, in a heartwarming look at first-day-of-school jitters.

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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!

By Nancy L. Carlson

Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

By Joseph Slate

It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin!

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If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!

By Elise Parsley

If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who's determined to have the best show-and-tell of all--until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble.

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A New School Year

By Sally Derby

A collection of poems, written from the perspectives of six students of different ages and backgrounds, reflects the worries, hopes and successes they experience on their first day of school.

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Cool Dog, School Dog

By Deborah Heiligman

Join Tinka, a dandy, sandy Golden Retriever, as she unexpectedly visits her owner at school and helps his class learn to read.

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School Bus

By Donald Crews

School buses line up to take children to school then bring them home again. How many school buses are there on the last page?

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First Day Jitters

By Julie Danneberg

Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.

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If You Take a Mouse to School

By Laura Joffe Numeroff

Having been brought to school, Mouse gets in the spirit quickly and is soon participating in all the class activities by helping with a science project, doing a little math, and writing his very own book.

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This School Year Will Be the Best!

By Kay Winters

When a teacher asks her students on the first day of school what they wish for in the coming year, the answers range from having a good school picture to receiving a perfect report card.

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Llama Llama Misses Mama

By Anna Dewdney

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore.

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Froggy Goes to School

By Jonathan London

Froggy is nervous about his first day of school, but even though it's hard to sit still, he has a wonderful time.

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On the First Day of Kindergarten

By Tish Rabe

An enthusiastic youngster embarking on the first days of kindergarten rhythmically counts 12 cool first milestones, from a riding the bus and meeting new friends to jumping rope in gym and practicing numbers.

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On the First Day of First Grade

By Tish Rabe

On the first day of first grade, there will be lots of fun! This is the perfect book to share with a kindergartner getting ready for the step up to "big kid" school!

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How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

By Jane Yolen

Illustrations and rhyming text depict dinosaurs as they ride the bus to school, jump on top of their desks, read their favorite books, and have fun on the playground with all of their friends.

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David Goes to School

By David Shannon

David finds that school can be great fun after he takes control of his own activities, but the teachers don't think his kind of entertainment is amusing and so try to stay one step ahead of him in order to put a stop to his wild ways. 75,000 first printing.

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Charlie Goes to School

By Ree Drummond

When Mama and the kids are busy with their lessons, Charlie decides to start a class of his own with Suzie, Kitty, and Walter.

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 While we aren't able to carry all of our favorite books in our store, we are always willing to special order it for you. 

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