Books to Add to Your Kid’s Back-to-School Bookshelf

Add these titles to your bookshelf to help kids conquer their nerves, navigate the classroom and gain confidence for making new friends.

Back-to-school time is filled with both excitement and uncertainty for kids (and, let’s face it, for parents, too). Sometimes the best way to work through all of the emotions is by reading a story kids can relate to. Our book picks will help give kids the confidence they need to make this school year the best one yet.

Kindergarten, Here I Come!, by D.J. Steinberg

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  • Best for ages: 3-5

This is a perfect story for the rising kindergarteners in your family. The book is made up of poems about new routines and scenarios kids may encounter during the first year of elementary school — from recess to lunchtime and everything in between.

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

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  • Best for ages: 4-8

Think that you’re nervous about the new school year? Imagine how the school feels. Frederick Douglass Elementary is worried how the kids will like him, but soon realizes he’s not the only one with jitters.

Ferocious Fluffity, by Erica S. Perl and Henry Cole

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  • Best for ages: 5-7

Mr. Drake got a cute fluffy hamster for his second grade classroom. But when the kids open her cage, she gets cranky– and chases the class to the library! Can they calm the critter and return peace their school?

This School Year Will Be The BEST!, by Kay Winters

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  • Best for ages: 6-8

Classmates share their hopes for the new year in this sweet and funny first day story. Some of their wishes are silly (a day to skateboard at school), while others are pretty universal (wanting to take a good photo on picture day). This book is a great launching pad for discussion with your own child about their expectations for the upcoming year.

My Weird School Fast Facts: Sports, by Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot

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  • Best for ages: 6-10

This page-turner lets you in on some fun, interesting and strange factoids about all sorts of sports, including which sport was played on the moon, why MLB umps wear black underwear and more.

Surviving Middle School, by Luke Reynolds

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  • Best for ages: 10-14

Middle school is a difficult time, but this hilarious book, which is full of the real-life stories of teacher Luke Reynolds, can help kids navigate through and, dare we say, enjoy, these awkward years.

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, by Susan Cain, Gregory Mone, Erica Moroz and Grant Snider

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  • Best for ages: 10+

Introverts can struggle with school, making friends and getting involved outside the classroom. In this teen/tween-geared book by the bestselling author of Quiet, kids share their stories about making their way in a very extroverted world. It’ll help parents and teachers, too.


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