Books for Kids: First Day of School

Take a look at some of our Picture Books & Early Readers all about the first day of school!

Updated August 4, 2023
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And then comes school
Brenner, Tom
Joyful anticipation is in the air as a child observes cues that the first day of school is coming soon. Cooler mornings, cicadas buzzing, apples ripening . . . Can shopping for school supplies be far behind? The evening before the first day means laying out your outfit, loading...
The crayons go back to school
Daywalt, Drew
The hilarious crayons from the #1 New York Times bestselling The Day The Crayons Quit are ready to go back to school! The crayons are getting ready to go back to school, and each crayon has a subject they're looking forward to the most. They're also ready to meet...
Never, not ever!
Alemagna, Be?atrice
A perfect back-to-school book...with a twist! For little kids everywhere who feel anxious leaving home to go back to school. A Kids' Indie Next Pick! Never, Not Ever! is the instant classic from Beatrice Alemagna--a laugh-out-loud tribute to little kids everywhere who would...
Isabel and her colores go to school
Alessandri, Alexandra
English, with its blustery blues and whites, just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers the warm oranges and pinks of Spanish. As she prepares for class at a new school, she knows she's going to have to learn--and she would rather not! Her first day is uncomfortable, until she discovers there's more...
Mr. S
Arnaldo, Monica
Prepare for plenty of giggles as a kindergarten class arrives for their first day of school, but can't find their teacher--only a delicious-looking sandwich and the words "Mr. S" scribbled on the chalkboard. Chaos ensues as the kids argue whether or not the sandwich must be their...
The Queen of Kindergarten
Barnes, Derrick
A confident little Black girl has a fantastic first day of school in this companion to the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten. MJ is more than ready for her first day of kindergarten! With her hair freshly braided and her mom's special tiara on her...
A thousand white butterflies
Betancourt-Perez, Jessica
As if being new to the United States wasn't hard enough, Isabella's first day of school is canceled due to snow! Isabella has recently arrived from Colombia with her mother and abuela. She misses Papa, who is still in South America. It's her first day of school, her make-new...
Becoming Vanessa
Brantley-Newton, Vanessa
Get ready to go back to school with this inclusive, empathetic story that will help kids new to the classroom transform from timid caterpillars into beautiful butterflies who love exactly who they are! On Vanessa's first day of school, her parents tell her it will be easy to make...
School day!
Ransom, Candice F.
It's time for school in this Step 1 reader featuring the family from Pumpkin Day!, Apple Picking Day!, Garden Day, Snow Day, and Beach Day! The start of the new school year means new friends and new experiences! It's big sister's first day of...
El Cucuy is scared, too!
Higuera, Donna Barba
In El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!, a boy and his monster confront their mutual fears in this unlikely friendship story that's rooted in Mexican folklore from Newbery Medal and Pura Belpré Award-winning author Donna Barba Higuera and illustrator Juliana Perdomo.
Puppy bus
Brockington, Drew
Puppy Bus is a hilarious back-to-school picture book from the creator of CatStronauts, Drew Brockington. When a boy and his family move, he has to start all over at a new school--and gets plenty of first day jitters. The teachers will be different, he...
Beach toys vs. school supplies
Ciccotello, Mike
A fun-filled tale of summertime, teamwork, and the balance between having fun and buckling down, from Twins creator Mike Ciccotello! Summer is winding down and school is just around the corner when two old rivals meet at the beach. Shovel thinks Ruler is a number...
Llama Llama back to school
Duncan, Reed
A Netflix Original series With over 30 million copies in print, Anna Dewdney's New York Times bestselling Llama Llama books have provided hours of comfort and fun-to-read-aloud rhyme. Summer days are getting shorter and it's almost time for the first day of...
Hurry, Little Tortoise, time for school!
Finison, Carrie
It's the first day of school and Little Tortoise is worried. Can she get there on time? It's the first day of school and Little Tortoise is ready with a backpack filled with new school supplies. Little Tortoise can't wait to get to school and tries very hard not to be the last...
Ready for kindergarten
Freitas, Bethany V.
A reassuring and empowering book for all incoming kindergarteners, especially those who wonder: Am I ready You are! The unknown can be scary and the first day of school intimidating, for kids and the grownups who love them. Perfect for easing nerves and increasing excitement,...
Wemberly worried
Henkes, Kevin
Wemberly worried about everything.Big things. Little things. And things in between. Then it was time for school to start.And Wemberly worried even more.If you ever worry (or know someone who does), this is the book for you
Danbi leads the school parade
Kim, Anna
An Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book Meet Danbi, the new girl at school! Danbi is thrilled to start her new school in America. But a bit nervous too, for when she walks into the classroom, everything goes quiet. Everyone stares. Danbi wants to...
The best seat in first grade
Kenah, Katharine
This heartfelt story is just right for all children getting ready for first grade and other big early steps! On the first day of first grade, Sam is excited to share his news with the class. While some kids report losing a tooth or going to soccer camp, Sam tells the...
The shape of home
Kheiriyeh, Rashin
"A joyful, wildly imaginative book" --The New York Times It's Rashin's first day of school in America! Everything is a different shape than what she's used to: from the foods on her breakfast plate to the letters in the books! And the kids' families are from...
Shy Robin
Kim, Jaime
A little hippo finds that looking out for a new friend can turn shyness into bravery in Jaime Kim's sweetly illustrated story about the first day of school. Mom always calls Robin a big, brave hippo, but on the first day of school she just wants to hide. Even though Mom gives her...
Little bat in night school
Lies, Brian
Little Bat is excited about his first night in school! Readers will love to see him spread his wings in this sweet, inspiring picture book from New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor-winning Brian Lies. Perfect for fans of We Don't Eat Our Classmates and The King of Kindergarten. ...
Tomatoes in my lunchbox
Manoli, Costantia
A moving picture book from a debut author about the first day of school, layered with themes about the immigrant experience and the universal experience of feeling out of place. A child, newly arrived in another country, feels displaced, lonely, and a little scared on her first...
Hattie Harmony : worry detective
Olsen, Elizabeth
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Award-winning actress Elizabeth Olsen and esteemed musician Robbie Arnett have created a fresh approach to wellness in a new series that shows children ways to manage anxiety. A perfect back-to-school read! Meet Hattie...
Kalamata's kitchen
Thomas, Sarah (Sommelier)
Dora the Explorer meets No Reservations in this delicious picture book debut! Follow Kalamata and her alligator sidekick on the first of many exciting food adventures in a charming story about facing fears and overcoming back-to-school jitters. Grown-ups never...
Welcome back!
Penfold, Alexandra
A back-to-school celebration featuring the beloved characters from the New York Times-bestselling All Are Welcome! This Step 2 early reader is perfect for emerging readers who are excited to learn more at school. The sun is up.      ...
Giant-sized butterflies on my first day of school
Roberts, Justin
Find out how butterflies in your tummy are a good thing in this fresh take on being nervous for the first day of school. When a little girl wakes up on the first day of school, the butterflies in her stomach feel positively giant-sized! She really wants her mom to stay with her,...
Choo-choo school
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
No racing in the haul-ways! From the late, beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a look at seven adorable train cars on their first day of school. All aboard the train-car pool! A new lineup of students is off and rolling to Choo-Choo School. After reciting their classroom rules -...
How to get your octopus to school
Scharnhorst, Becky
"A charming back-to-school book for the nervous octopus in all of us." --Kirkus reviews Learn how to get your octopus to school in this hilarious and endearing back-to-school story! Getting your octopus to school won't be easy. He would much rather stay home...
Time for school, little blue truck
Schertle, Alice
Ride along to school with the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Blue Truck and meet Blue's new friend: a bright yellow school bus. Beep-beep! Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the road. They see all the little...
I got the school spirit
Schofield-Morrison, Connie
This exuberant celebration of the first day of school illustrated by award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison will have every kid cheering for school to begin! Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit! She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the...
This is a school
Schu, John
A moving celebration of school and all it may signify: work and play, creativity and trust, and a supportive community that extends beyond walls A school isn't just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for discovery and asking questions. A...
That's not my name!
Syed, Anoosha
A debut picture book about loving your name, finding your voice, and standing up for yourself from the critically acclaimed illustrator of Bilal Cooks Daal and I Am Perfectly Designed. Mirha is so excited for her first day of school! She can't wait to learn, play,...
Long goes to dragon school
Wu, Helen H.
Wrapped in Eastern and Western dragon lore, this fantasy tale celebrates perseverance, cultural inclusion, and self-discovery. It's the first day of Dragon School, where all the young dragons must learn how to harness their fire-breathing skills. Today's lesson? Using it to cook...
The truth about dragons
Zollars, Jaime
A mesmerizing picture book about the excitement (and often times anxiety) of a new experience, represented by a castle full of dragons that aren't quite what they appear.   As a young girl cautiously approaches a castle full of soaring, roaring dragons, she worries about...
Vo, Young
It's Dat's first day of school in a new country! Dat and his Mah made a long journey to get here, and Dat doesn't know the language. To Dat, everything everybody says -- from the school bus driver to his new classmates -- sounds like gibberish. How is Dat going to make new friends if they can't...

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