Back To School

The first readalouds can set the tone for the rest of the school year. What books will you read?

Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension Cover Image
ISBN: 9780325099705
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Published: Heinemann Educational Books - March 29th, 2018

Topics such as race, gender, politics, religion, and sexuality are part of our students' lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond.

Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See Cover Image
By Megan Dowd Lambert, Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Contributions by), Chris Raschka (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781580896627
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Published: Charlesbridge - November 3rd, 2015

A new, interactive approach to storytime, The Whole Book Approach was developed in conjunction with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and expert author Megan Dowd Lambert's graduate work in children's literature at Simmons College, offering a practical guide for reshaping storytime and getting kids to think with their eyes.

All Are Welcome Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

New York Times bestseller!

A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452150185
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 2nd, 2017

Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world--Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days--and this one world we all share--unites them.

School People Cover Image
By Lee Bennett Hopkins, Ellen Shi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781629797038
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Published: Wordsong - February 13th, 2018

Fifteen poems selected by acclaimed poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins celebrate all of the grown-ups that children encounter during the course of a school day.

School's First Day of School Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596439641
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 28th, 2016

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481494670
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Published: Beach Lane Books - July 3rd, 2018

It’s the first day of school! But is Busy Bus ready? Find out in this darling picture book that showcases the excitement and worries little ones experience as they prepare for their first day.

Today is the very first day of school! Busy Bus is excited, but he also has some first-day jitters. Will the children like him? Will he be homesick? What if he gets lost?!

We Don't Eat Our Classmates Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368003551
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 19th, 2018

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.

Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! Cover Image
By Hyewon Yum, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374350048
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 3rd, 2012

It's a child's first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he'll meet--the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she'll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten.

I'm New Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580896122
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 4th, 2015

Three students are immigrants from Guatemala, Korea, and Somalia and have trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English in their new American elementary school. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.

Someone New Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580898317
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Published: Charlesbridge - July 10th, 2018

In this companion story to I'm New Here, three elementary schoolers--who aren't new--begin to understand and embrace three immigrant students.

Each Kindness Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399246524
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 2nd, 2012

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature


Each kindness makes the world a little better

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726826
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 3rd, 2017

From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

The Name Jar Cover Image
By Yangsook Choi, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780440417996
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Published: Dragonfly Books - October 14th, 2003

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?

Alma and How She Got Her Name Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763693558
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be.

I Am Enough Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062667120
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 6th, 2018

I Am Enough is the picture book everyone needs, and it's now a New York Times bestseller!

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

Americans Cover Image
By Douglas Wood, Elizabeth Sayles (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416927563
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2018

Learn what makes Americans great, from sea to shining sea, in this patriotic and diverse picture book for New York Times bestselling author Douglas Wood.

What makes Americans great?

Americans are different from one another in many ways. And despite these differences, Americans share certain ways of doing and being that hold us all together.

Front Desk Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338157796
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 29th, 2018

Four starred reviews!

* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Book Cover Image
By Phil Bildner, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250079763
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Published: Square Fish - July 12th, 2016

Fifth grade is one crazy ride in this middle grade novel about two best friends.

Mixed: A Colorful Story Cover Image
By Arree Chung, Arree Chung (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250142733
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 3rd, 2018

The reds, the yellows, and the blues all think they're the best in this vibrant, thought-provoking picture book from Arree Chung, with a message of acceptance and unity.

In the beginning, there were three colors . . .



and Blues.