From the Bookshelf

Back to School Books

From our bookshelves we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite children’s titles to help get your child excited to start attending school. We hope you enjoy sharing these books with your kids as much as we do!


The Pigeon HAS to Go to School by Mo Williams 

Pigeon claims he doesn’t need to go to school because he already knows everything. However, upon finding out he HAS to go, his anxieties regarding the unknowns are revealed. This short picture book comically eases the stress of the unknown and highlights all the fun school can be.


How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen (Cómo van a la escuela los dinosaurios?)

The dinosaurs are back in another installment of Jane Yolen’s “How Do Dinosaurs” series. School is starting and this brightly illustrated book follows the dinosaurs through a typical school day.  The tale highlights good school behaviour, while evoking a few giggles along the way. 


If You Take a Mouse to School  by Laura Numeroff ( Si llevas un ratón a la escuela )

The infamous mouse winds up in a classroom with his trusty boy sidekic. This “If You Take a Mouse to” installment is silly story about a familiar character that will help curb any child’s back to school apprehensions.


First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg (Que Nervios! El Primer Dia de Escuela)

First Day Jitters recognizes the butterflies that begin fluttering when the first day of school is just around the corner. This story is about Sarah Jane Hartwell’s reluctance to go to a new school where she doesn’t know anybody. A series of worst case scenarios are presented, but the surprise ending will certainly help put jitters to rest. 


Spot Goes to School by Eric Hill (Spot va a la escuela)

This classic story narrates Spot’s fun filled first day of school: meeting his teacher, reading stories, and arts and crafts. This simple story about a day in the classroom is enhanced by flip-up illustrations to help children interact with a timeless Spot story.


This is The Way We Go to School by Edith Baer (Así vamos a la escuela)

The poetic story celebrates diversity through displaying how children from different countries arrive at school. The simple story about transportation highlights diversity and the different types of students that exist around the globe. 


Clifford Goes to School by Norman Bridwell (Clifford va a la escuela)

The littlest puppy has grown into the big red dog, who is ready to tackle his first day of school with Emily Elizabeth. Clifford struggles to find his place in the classroom, but his attempts at school activities will bring a smile to readers faces. 


All About Street Signs (Volume 2: All About Stuff! Series) by David M. Nabors 

A book to explain what the signs your child sees on the street really mean. Bright graphics show the recognizable words and simple text can help with early word recognition.


Melissa Page