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Our Favorite Back to School Books for Kids

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As an adult, you want the kids in your life to have a great experience at school. Learning to read, to love books, is a fundamental aspect of many elementary school classrooms and we know that great books go a long way towards making learning to read fun experience rather than a traumatic one. So, at Sisters Know Best, we’ve put together a list of our favorite back to school books for kids to help the children in your life get excited about school and about reading.

You’re Finally Here

Melanie Watt’s adorable book stars a bunny who’s so excited to see everyone. This is ideal for teachers to read their young students on the first day to welcome them into the classroom and let them know how excited she is to have every one of them in her class.

First Day Jitters

All kids have jitters on the first day of school. Julie Danneberg’s book helps you ease those butterflies in her superbly illustrated story. Great for parents to read to their kids in the days leading up to the first day of school or for teachers to read on the first day to facilitate a conversation about how everyone is feeling on their first day.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books

You’ve heard of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly? Well, Lucille Colandro’s take on it is a real page turner! Complete with rhyming text and funny illustrations, the kids in your life will laugh themselves silly when you read this story with them.


Bailey may be the class clown, even though he’s really a dog, but it serves him well in adjusting to school. He starts off feeling nervous and then discovers school is a place to do all the fun things he loves. Author Harry Bliss does a great job capturing what the first day feels like for most students and helps calm their nerves.

Adri’s Big Dream

Although Adri doesn’t go to a formal school, she’s an ideal for helping student enter those classroom doors with confidence. Sarah Woodard presents a charming story that helps kids embrace their dreams and their uniqueness. Since confidence is the best antidote for nerves, we think this book is a must for any kids heading off to school.

What other books do you read to the kids in your life to help them be ready for school and excited about reading? What were some of your favorite books as a kid? We’d love to hear from you!

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