September 05, 2014

Back-to-School Favorites

Picture Books
All Picture Books are shelved by the FIRST THREE LETTERS of the Author’s Last Name.

View full imageArthur’s Off to School   Marc Tolon Brown            
Arthur and his friends face a number of dilemmas trying to get ready for school in the morning, and Arthur is both hindered and helped by his little sister.

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I Can Do It!  Jana Hunter                                    
Little Guinea pig learns all the things he can do when he starts school.      

View full imageFirst Grade, Here I Come!   Nancy L. Carlson        
Henry tells his mother that he did not like his first day of first grade, but as he describes what he did and learned, he begins to realize that he might enjoy it after all.

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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!   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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Annie Claire, excited but nervous about her first day of school, is reassured by her mother, whose love always goes with her.
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Will I have a Friend?    Miriam Cohan                      
Jim’s anxieties on his first day of school are happily forgotten when he makes a new friend.

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First Day Jitters   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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Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Book   Diane DeGroat          
Gilbert is excited about first grade, but wonders if his new teacher will be nice.

Bossy Moffie and her quiet twin brother Morgie both enjoy starting school, especially getting gold stars and making new friends.

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Dinosaur Starts School    Pamela Duncan Edwards         
Dinosaur worries about the first day of school, but with the help of a reassuring classmate he finds that school can be fun.

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Hunter’s Best Friend at School   Laura Elliot   
Hunter the raccoon is not sure what he should do when his best friend Stripe starts acting up at preschool.

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Amber Waiting    Nan Gregory   
As Amber waits for her father to pick her up from kindergarten, she dreams up a world in which she makes her father wait for her.

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The Hutchinson Book of School Stories    Various Authors 
A collection of back to school stories from various authors.

Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves.

A Place Called Kindergarten   Jessica Harper 
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Wondering why their friend Tommy has not come to the barn at his usual time, the animals become alarmed when the dog tells them that he has gone to a place called "Kindergarten."

View full imageLilly’s Purple Plastic Purse   Kevin Henkes 
Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

View full imageChrysanthemum   Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.  A wise teacher helps her realize the beauty of her name.

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Wemberly Worried   Kevin Henkes
A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.
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Jessica   Kevin Henkes           
Ruthie does everything with her imaginary friend Jessica; then, on her first day at kindergarten, she meets a real new friend with the same name.

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Off to School, Baby Duck   Amy Hest       
Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grandpa, everything turns out okay in the end.

View full imageLittle Rabbit Goes to School   Harry Horse 
Little Rabbit takes his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, along for his first day of school and when there is trouble, he blames it all on Charlie.

A class's new teacher, who leads the children in a number of very popular activities, turns out to be a gorilla.

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Amelia Bedelia, a literal-minded first-grader, finds her first day of school filled with confusing adventures--much to her delight.

View full imageDavid Goes to School     David Shannon 
David's activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!"

View full imageFollow the Line to School    Laura Ljungkvist 
Follow the line from the science corner to the library, from recess to show-and-tell. The line style illustrations take children on a colorful, comforting, and altogether fun romp through the school day.

View full imageFroggy Goes to School   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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Details in the pictures reveal surprises for readers who enjoy the “I Spy” format.

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Moses Goes to School   Isaac Millman 
Moses and his friends enjoy the first day of school at their special school for the deaf and hard of hearing, where they use sign language to communicate.
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Thomas’ Snowsuit  Robert Munsch 
His mother, teacher, and principal have a hard time trying to convince Thomas to wear his snowsuit.

View full imageThe Kissing Hand   Audrey Penn 
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
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The Monster in the Backpack   Lisa Moser 
Annie's new backpack comes with pink and blue flower decorations, a zipper, and a mischievous monster who manages to get her into all sorts of trouble at school.

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Junkyard Wonders   Patricia Polacco   
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students’ invention convinces the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."

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A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade   James Preller           
A young pirate and his crew embark on a grand adventure when they board the bus for the first day of first grade.
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Vera’s New School   Vera Rosenberry 
Everything seems to go wrong for Vera on her first day at a new school until a classmate shares one of her mishaps.
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Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.
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Go Home, Mrs. Beekman   Ann Redisch Stampler 
Emily, excited but nervous about her first day of school, is reassured by her mother, whose love always goes with her.

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Kindergarten Count to 100   Jacqueline Rogers 
A young boy counts his way through his day at kindergarten.

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Elizabeti’s School   Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen 
Although she enjoys her first day at school, Elizabeti misses her family and wonders if it wouldn't be better to stay home.
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Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways.
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Timothy Goes to School  Rosemary Wells 
Timothy learns about being accepted and making friends during the first week of his first year at school.

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Presents six stories in which students adjust to their first year of school, where they acquire skills, build self-confidence, and learn how to get along.

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The New Bear at School   Carrie Weston 
When a new bear comes to school, all the other animals are afraid of him until he saves them from the Rat Pack bullies.

View full imageOdd Velvet   Mary E. Whitcomb 
Although she dresses differently from the other girls and does things which are unusual, Velvet eventually teaches her classmates that even an outsider has something to offer.

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Jake Starts School    Michael Wright    
No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.
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How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?   Jane Yolen           
Ten dinosaurs show that while they have the potential to create mischief at school, they know how to control themselves.

View full imageDon’t Go!   Jane Breskin Zalben 
On the first day of preschool, Daniel gradually overcomes his nervousness as he plays in the sandbox, collects leaves, and bakes cookies. Includes tips for parents on getting ready for preschool and a recipe for pumpkin cookies.

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Buzzy Had a Little Lamb   Harriet Ziefert 
When Buzzy is not allowed to take his toy lamb with him on the first day of school, he finds new friends who will pretend and play with him.

 Junior Readers
           Junior Readers (JR) are shelved alphabetically by the Author’s Last Name.
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Biscuit Goes to School   Alyssa Capucilli          
A dog follows the bus to school, where he meets the teacher and takes part in the activities of the class.

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Fancy Nancy, the 100th Day of School   Jane O’Connor        
Nancy, who likes to use fancy words, decides to make an homage to her little sister's pet goldfish as her project for the 100th Day of School.

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Dixie and the School Trip   Grace Gilman 
After eight weeks at Papp's Dog School, Henry's dog Mudge earns a certificate and lots of liver treats.

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Amanda Pig, School Girl   Jean VanLeeuwen 
Amanda Pig's first day of school is every bit as wonderful as she always hoped it would be.

Juvenile Fiction
           Juvenile Fiction (JF) books are shelved alphabetically by the Author’s Last Name.
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Clementine: Friend of the Week   Sara Pennypacker  
With her kitten, Moisturizer, missing and having fought with her best friend, Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine finds it hard to concentrate on doing her best as her classmate's Friend of the Week.

View full imageI Was a Third Grade Spy   Mary Jane Auch         
When Brian's dog Arful suddenly begins talking, Brian and his two friends
send the dog to find out what their classmates are planning for the school talent show.

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Ramona the Pest   Beverly Cleary 
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in kindergarten class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.

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Gooney Bird Greene   Lois Lowry 
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.

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