It’s back to school time! (For Dekalb County Public School students, anyway.) I hope you took advantage of the Tax Free holiday last weekend to stock up on school supplies. Don’t forget that the Library can help with the back to school preparations, too. We have many (many, many) books on starting Kindergarten, starting grade school, first day jitters, how to deal with new teachers, starting a new school, schools in other countries, separation anxiety and more. We have picture books, chapter books, beginning reader books and teen books. We also have books for parents on how to prepare your child for school and what you can expect him or her to learn and experience with each new grade level. There are too many titles to list them all, so I’ve included just a few to get you started.
I Don’t Want to Go Back to School by Marisabina Russo: Despite his older sister’s dire warnings of all the terrible things that could go wrong on his first day in the second grade, Ben has a wonderful time.
Mama, Don’t Go by Rosemary Wells: Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn’t want her mother to leave–until her new friend helps her realize that “mothers always come back.”
Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis: Dexter knows everything there is to know about kindergarten and is not at all scared about his first day there, but his stuffed dog, Rufus, is very nervous.
Back to School, Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman: After moving, eight-year-old Mallory struggles with being new at school, especially because her mother is now the music teacher and director of the third grade play.
How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler: Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to “supreme dorkdom.”
What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a good first grade education Edited by E.d. Hirsch, Jr.: For parents, these books describe what your child will be learning in each grade level, up to sixth grade.
There are many more titles available, too. If you want more recommendations, please ask a librarian. We’d love to help you find one that’s just right for you.