Back to School 2020

Return to school with a stack of books in hand!

The 12 Days of First Grade

The 12 Days of First Grade By Jenna Lettice; illustrated by Colleen Madden

Count the first 12 days of first grade with this fun-filled picture book inspired by "The 12 Days of Christmas." Perfect for back to school--no matter what that looks like!

Count the first 12 days of first grade! On the first day of first grade, a teacher shares ONE favorite book. On the second day, she shares TWO guinea pigs. The third day? THREE cool crowns! The first 12 fun-filled days of first grade are illuminated and celebrated in this cumulative rhyming storybook based on "The 12 Days of Christmas."

Those about to start first grade and their parents and teachers will love spotting all the fun classroom activities and accessories. The fun-to-read text and bright, colorful illustrations will help calm first-day-of-school jitters by teaching children what to expect. And the book includes stickers--perfect treats for the first 12 days of school!

All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold; illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. Perfect for back to school—no matter what that looks like!

Discover a school where—no matter what—young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other's traditions. A school that shows the world as we will make it to be.

"Penfold and Kaufman have outdone themselves in delivering a vital message in today's political climate." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A lively, timely picture book." —Booklist

"A great read-aloud selection to start the year and revisit time and again." —School Library Journal
 
“This is a must-read for pre-school and elementary classrooms everywhere. An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way.” – Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

How to Get Your Teacher Ready By Jean Reagan; illustrated by Lee Wildish

How to Get Your Teacher Ready… all year long, from the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Catch Santa. A perfect read for the start of the school year--no matter what that looks like!
 
This humorous new book in the beloved HOW TO . . . series takes readers through a fun and busy school year. Written in tongue-in-cheek instructional style, a class of adorable students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready—for the first day of school, and all the events and milestones that will follow (picture day, holiday concert, the 100th day of school, field day!). And along the way, children will see that getting their teacher ready is really getting themselves ready. Filled with charming role-reversal humor, this is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and students, and the perfect gift for back-to-school readiness or graduation.
 
Praise for the HOW TO . . . books:
 
“A new hit this year is How to Catch Santa. . . . The picture book offers lighthearted tips on how kids can steal a glimpse of Mr. Elusive, aka Santa.” —USA Today (How to Catch Santa)
 
“Belongs on the shelf of every kid who loves a grandparent.” —The Salt Lake Tribune (How to Babysit a Grandpa)
 
“The charm of its premise and the clear bond between the generations will have kids and grandparents giggling together.” —School Library Journal (How to Babysit a Grandma)

Nana Akua Goes to School

Nana Akua Goes to School By Tricia Elam Walker; illustrated by April Harrison

In this moving story that celebrates cultural diversity, a shy girl brings her West African grandmother--whose face bears traditional tribal markings--to meet her classmates. This is a perfect read for back to school--no matter what that looks like!

It is Grandparents Day at Zura's elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special. Aleja's grandfather is a fisherman. Bisou's grandmother is a dentist. But Zura's Nana, who is her favorite person in the world, looks a little different from other grandmas. Nana Akua was raised in Ghana, and, following an old West African tradition, has tribal markings on her face. Worried that her classmates will be scared of Nana--or worse, make fun of her--Zura is hesitant to bring her to school. Nana Akua knows what to do, though. With a quilt of traditional African symbols and a bit of face paint, Nana Akua is able to explain what makes her special, and to make all of Zura's classmates feel special, too.

Uni Goes to School (Uni the Unicorn)

Uni Goes to School (Uni the Unicorn) By Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Uni the Unicorn for early readers! This Step 2 Step into Reading book about Uni and friends going to school is great for back-to-school time, or any day of the year!

It's the first day of school! Join Uni on this all-new adventure in the land of unicorns! Unicorns can fix things with their horns, and Uni wants to learn. But learning anything takes time, practice, and belief in yourself. And unicorn magic only works if you're helping others. At first, Uni doesn't have a very magical horn. Will Uni be able to fix a nest and help the birds?

Uni the unicorn is a charming and relatable character! Fans of the picture books, as well as new Uni fans, will be excited to join this bighearted unicorn on an amazing journey. Look for all the Uni stories, including Uni's First Sleepover and more!

Step 2 readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. They are perfect for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.

Rocket's 100th Day of School (Step Into Reading, Step 1)

Rocket's 100th Day of School (Step Into Reading, Step 1) By Tad Hills

Number one New York Times bestselling author Tad Hills returns with an all-new Level 1 Step into Reading story about Rocket’s 100th day of school. Perfect for back to school--no matter what that looks like!

Rocket, the beloved dog from the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, is busy collecting 100 things to take to school on his 100th day, and he has the perfect place to keep them safe. That is, until Bella, a squirrel who loves acrorns, gets involved.

With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, this new Rocket book will charm young readers—and they can read it all by themselves!
 
Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.