70 Back to School Books for Every Age

It’s back to school time again! You’ve spent countless hours debating which schooling format is best for your family and now comes the part we all dread–preparing your kids to start school again. Adjusting their schedules to help them get back on a better sleep routine. Dwindling seven million snack times down to four million. Buying new notebooks and pencils at the store.

The excitement and anxiety that comes with starting a new school year is a familiar feeling for kids from preschool through their senior year. Reading about what to expect when they step back into a school mindset is a wonderful strategy to help kids cope with these feelings before the first day. Whether you’ve decided to send your kids in person, have them attend virtually, or homeschool, here are the best back to school books to read with your kids to set them up for a banner year of school!


All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Butterflies on the First Day of School by Annie Silvestro

Brown Bear Starts School by Sue Tarsky

Clifford’s First School Day by Norman Bridwell

David Goes to School by David Shannon

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Collins

Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson

My Preschool by Anne Rockwell

Sorry, Grownups, You Can’t Go to School by Christina Geist

The Circles All Around Us by Brad Montague

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow


A Letter From Your Teacher on the First Day of School by Shannon Olsen

Hello World! by Kelly Corrigan

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by James Dean

Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten by Lisa Robinson

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School by Mo Willems

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Elementary School

Back-to-School Rules by Laurie B. Friedman

Back to School with Bigfoot by Samantha Berger and Martha Brockenbrough

Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School by Emily Jenkins

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Exceptionally Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

First Grade, Here I Come! by Tony Johnston

How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? by Jane Yolen

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison

If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

It’s Back to School We Go! First Day Stories From Around the World by Ellen Jackson

Jake Starts School by Michael Wright

Keisha Ann Can! by Daniel Kirk

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School by Jamie Harper

Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins

My Wild First Day of School by Dennis Mathew

Principal Tate Is Running Late! by Henry Cole

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters

Middle School

Amelia’s 7th-Grade Notebook by Marissa Moss

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Drama by Reina Telgemeier

Eighth-Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

Rules by Cynthia Lord

The Sixth Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman

Sixth Grade Really Can Kill You by Barthe DeClements

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Space Station Seventh Grade by Jerry Spinelli

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Charlie Goes to School by Ree Drummond

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

Greetings From Somewhere (series) by Harper Paris

I Am Learning All the Time by Rain Perry Fordyce

Ippie Unschooled by Nicole Olson

This is My Home, This is My School by Johnathan Bean

We hope your kids love these back to school books! Mama, are you looking for something to enjoy as well? Check out Katie’s top back porch reads!


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