Books to Boost the Back-to-School Buzz


Back-to-school season is upon us once again! You’ve already filled their backpacks with new school supplies. Countless hours trying on jeans and shoes have left you exhausted, yet triumphant. You scoured Pinterest for fun lunch ideas even though you know full well this will only last the first week back. The only thing that’s left is to get them excited to be back in school and what better way than with a good book? Whether you have a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, back-to-school can be a time of nervousness as well as excitement. Take a look at these books to help your kids get pumped up to be back to school!

Back-to-School Books For Preschoolers

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All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Brown Bear Starts School by Sue Tarsky and Marina Aizen

David Goes to School by David Shannon

Hello, School! by Priscilla Burris

I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Laura Numeroff

Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olsen

Preschool, Here I Come! by David J Steinberg

Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz

Take Your Pet to School Day by Linda Ashman

The Night Before Preschool by Natascha Wing

The Twelve Days of Preschool by Jenna Lettice

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

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

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow 

You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt

For Kindergarteners 

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A Place Called Kindergarten by Jessica Harper

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg 

How to Be Kind in Kindergarten by D.J. Steinberg

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick 

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School by Jamie Harper

Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown

My WILD First Day of School by Dennis Matthew 

Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten! by Lisa Robinson and Eda Kaban

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go to School by Christina Geist

Sounds Like School Spirit by Meg Fleming

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

The Circles All Around Us by Brad and Kristi Montague

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton

If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

For Elementary Age

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

Back to School Rules by Laurie B. Friedman 

Butterflies on the First Day of School by Annie Silvestro

Dear Teacher by Amy Husband

Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School by Emily Jenkins

Hello World! by Kelly Corrigan

How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t by Elise Parsley

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

Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins

Principal Tate is Running Late by Henry Cole

The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School by Albert Lorenz 

The Magical Yet by Angela Angela DiTerlizzi 

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi 

This School Year Will Be the Best by Kay Winters

All of us at Detroit Mom are sending back-to-school well wishes and hope that all of our Detroit area kids have the best year yet! For some adult reading, check out our book club – we select new books each month and discuss in our Facebook Book Club Group. We’d love for you to join us!


  1. My husband and I had a super easy time with my son and his first day at preschool a few years back but now it’s my daughter’s turn and she is not happy about this new chapter, lol. This seems like the PERFECT place to recommend a book that really helped my family out called “The First 12 Days of Preschool” by Jeanette Crystal Bradley. This book is a wonderful family resource for small children starting to prep for pre k. Filled with beautiful illustrations it really helps connect to a young mind and put them at ease. The animal characters are adorable and really helped keep my daughter engaged. It also comes with an awesome video and sing a long songs as well! This was a huge help for us and I think it will help out a lot of other parents as well. I can’t recommend it enough. Good luck to all this school year – here is the website if you want to read more about the book –


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