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Back to School

The beginning of school is both an exciting and stressful time. Grades, classrooms, friends, subjects, and teachers change as the new school year begins. Use the following books to help children familiarize themselves with classroom routines and rules, cope with test taking and bullies, understand their teacher is human, and more!

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Kindergarten Rocks!

By: Katie Davis
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Level: 0-5

Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. But Dexter–er, Rufus–has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks!

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The Name Jar

By: Yangsook Choi
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Level: 6-7

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

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for …

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Funny Things I Heard at the Bus Stop: Volume 1, A Collection of Short Stories for Young Readers

By: Angela Giroux
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Level: 8-9

The Funny Things I Heard at the Bus Stop series of short stories for kids is the perfect book for bedtime reading, a quick after-school adventure, or any time that you want to get taken to a magical, funtabulous, amazing world of …

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When You Go to Kindergarten

When You Go to Kindergarten

By: James Howe, Betsy Imershein
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Level: 0-5

Texts and photographs explain what it is like to go to kindergarten.

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Biscuit Goes to School

Biscuit Goes to School

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Just like his young fans, Biscuit can’t wait to go to school! Even though no dogs are allowed, he is determined to see and do everything that takes place at school. But what will happen when the teacher discovers a puppy in his classroom?

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Middle School: Get Me out of Here!

Middle School: Get Me out of Here!

By: James Patterson
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Level: 10-11

After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He’s been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone.Wrong! It’s more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he’s never done before, he’s going to do it, from learning to play poker to …

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The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman

By: Ben H. Winters
Publisher: Harper Collins
Level: 12-13

Ms. Finkleman is just our boring old music teacher. Or is she?

It all starts with a Special Project in Mr. Melville’s Social Studies class: Solve a mystery in your own life. For seventh grader Bethesda Fielding, one mystery is too tempting to ignore: Ms. Finkleman.

Bethesda is convinced that her mousy Music Fundamentals teacher is hiding a secret life, and she’s determined to find out what it is. But no one is prepared for what she learns. Ms. Finkleman used to be . . . a rock star? Soon the whole school goes rock crazy, and a giant concert is in the works with none other than timid Ms. Finkleman at the helm!

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Mrs. Spitzer's Garden

Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden

By: Edith Pattou
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Level: 6-7

Mrs. Spitzer is a wise teacher who knows many things. She knows about gardens. She knows about children. She knows how similar they are. And how they will flourish if tended lovingly.

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Miss Bindergarten’s Has A Wild Day in Kindergarten

Miss Bindergarten’s Has A Wild Day in Kindergarten

By: Joseph Slate
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 6-7

Things are always a little rowdy with twenty-six kindergartners, but there are some days when chaos reigns. Watch what happens to Miss Bindergarten’s rambunctious class when water overflows, ants are on the loose, and oozy paint smudges. But with help from school staff members, Miss Bindergarten and the class survive, even finding time to plant seeds and witness the wonder of butterflies emerging from their chrysalises. With the jaunty rhymes and sweetly hilarious illustrations that have been the trademark of all of Miss Bindergarten’s adventures in kindergarten, this lively book …

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Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School

Smart Girl’s Guide to Starting Middle School

By: Julie Williams
Publisher: American Girl Publishing
Level: 12-13

Everything You Need to Know about Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends!

Knowing what to expect when you go to middle school makes the whole experience seem a little less scary. From teachers to friends, schoolwork to homework, lockers to classrooms, here’s the information you need to take your first steps through the halls of middle school — with confidence. Plus, you’ll read letters from other girls who were worried about going to middle school and advice from girls who have been there.

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