Back to School {books to help prepare}

I can hardly believe that it’s time for school again! The new school year can be both exciting and a little nerve wracking for little ones. I know that my six year old was EXTREMELY nervous to start first grade last week. She even froze as the bell rang and everyone ran into class. There are a lot of new and fun back to school books for your kids to help prepare. They can read through these to see that it’s ok to be a little nervous, and see how the characters in the book handled the same situation. Check out these new books through HarperCollins and help your kids get excited about school this year!

Amelia Bedelias First Library CardAmelia Bedelia’s First Library Card

In the sixth title in the New York Times best-selling picture book series, young Amelia Bedelia gets her very first library card! My daughter was so excited after reading this book that we took a special trip to the local library and she got her own very first library card. She was extremely excited to check out her very own choice of books!

Written by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynne Avril –  $17.99 – Ages 4-8

123-versus-ABC123 Versus ABC

Numbers think they’re the star of this book, but Letters disagree! My older daughter had a lot of fun reading this to her one year old baby sister. Numbers and letters, the colorful characters in this story, compete to be the stars of this book. Their debate escalates when funny animals and props arrive—starting with 1 alligator, 2 bears, and 3 cars. Who is this book really about? You’ll have to read it to find out!!

Written and illustrated by Mike Boldt –$17.99  – Ages 4-8

Charlie Goes To SchoolCharlie Goes to School

Charlie the Ranch Dog may be top dog, but he’s ready to share his skills—and his responsibilities. Charlie wants to start his own school for the ranch animals. If Suzie, Kitty, and Walter can learn how to lend a paw, he can focus on other important things, like napping! 

Written by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane deGroat –$17.99 –  Ages 4-8

Clark the SharkClark the Shark

Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life-but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down.

Written by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Guy Francis –$17.99 – Ages 4-8

Diary of a WormDiary of a Worm: Teacher’s Pet

Worm likes school… almost as much as he likes weekends. The best part of school for Worm is his teacher, Mrs. Mulch. When Mrs. Mulch misses a day of class, Worm and his friends discover that it’s her birthday. Who knew that teachers could take the day off? Who knew teachers had birthdays? Worm does know one thing- he has to figure out the perfect present.

Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss – $16.99 – Ages 4-8

First Day of SchoolFirst Day of School

Kids will understand the excitement and nervousness of the children in Mrs. Madoff’s class as they get ready for the first day of school after summer vacation. They’ve all changed a little. Nicholas has a grown-up new haircut. Jessica has learned how to make her own lunch. And Ethan has his very own house key! This is a definite MUST READ!

Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell – $6.99 – Ages 4-8

Mia Dances Back To SchoolMia Dances Back to School!

It’s a new school year, and Mia can’t wait to be in class with her best friends, Anna and Ruby. On the first day of school, Mia puts on her new tutu and heads out the door. But when she arrives, Mia is upset to discover that she has a different teacher than Anna and Ruby. Will Mia still twirl into the classroom, or is the curtain closing on this school year? On with the show!

Written by Robin Farley and illustrated by Olga Ivanov –$4.99 – Ages 4-8

My New Teacher and Me!My New Teacher and me

The irrepressible Billy, star of the New York Times bestselling When I Grow Up, returns in an uproarious back-to-school tale from the uniquely inspired “Weird Al” Yankovic. Dazzling wordplay and sparkling rhyme combine in this appreciation of the rewards of unabashed originality and the special joy of viewing the world gently askew.

Written by Al Yankovic and illustrated by Wes Hargis – $17.99 – Ages 4-8

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the BusPete the Cat

Join Pete as he rides on the bus to school with his friends and hears all the different sounds a bus makes as it drives. Fans of Pete the Cat will sing along with Pete in this rendition of a classic favorite children’s song.The kitties on the bus say, “Come on, Pete! Come on, Pete!”

Written and illustrated by James Dean –  $9.99 – Ages 4-8

Splat and the Cool School TripSplatthecatcoolbustrip

Splat the Cat is so excited when Mrs. Wimpydimple announces that the class will be going to the zoo. While everyone calls out his or her favorite animal—Elephant! Giraffe! Monkey!—Splat only wants to see the penguins. After all, penguins are perfect; they are black and white, just like Splat!

Written and illustrated by Rob Scotton –  $17.99 – Ages 4-8

special thanks to HarperCollins for providing copies to conduct this review

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