Back to School Already?!

Ease into the new school year with these irresistibly fun picture books!

There is always a lot happening on the first day of school. These picture books are perfect for addressing first-day jitters and adjusting any misinformed expectations, as sometimes needs to happen when the school year starts. Whether you have Amanda Pandas or loud and boisterous students in your class, these books will help everyone get ready!

Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten

Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten By Candice Ransom; illustrated by Christine Grove

Amanda Panda has big plans for her first day of kindergarten, but not everything goes as intended. So she walks out of kindergarten and right into her brother’s second-grade classroom. It takes an unlikely partner to save Amanda’s terrible day and to teach her about friendship, tolerance, and how to cope with life’s ups and downs.

In this funny, thoughtful launch of a brand-new character—reminiscent of the strength and charm of Russell and Lillian Hoban’s Frances the Badger, Lilly of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, and Peggy Rathmann’s Ruby the Copycat—veteran children’s author Candice Ransom has perfectly captured the spirit, motivations, and voice of a headstrong five-year-old girl. Amanda Panda is ready to join this treasured group of self-assured, if slightly flawed, female picture-book characters.

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

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

This humorous new book in the beloved and bestselling How To . . . series takes readers through a fun and busy school year. Written in an instructional style, we see a class of adorable students give tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready for the first day of school and all the other events and milestones of the year. (Picture day! The holiday concert! The hundredth day of school! Field day!) Filled with charming role-reversal humor, this is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and students.

Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice

Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice By Julianne Moore; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Freckleface Strawberry’s very best friend, Windy Pants Patrick, has a big problem. His outside voice doesn’t seem to fit inside school. From the lunchroom to the classroom, he’s just TOO LOUD! Is there any place in school where his big voice can fit? From Academy Award–winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Julianne Moore comes this funny, endearing tale about friendship and what makes each of us unique!

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