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Back-to-School Books The best reads to get your kids ready for class.

AugustBookmarkedSliderTransitioning from summer to school can be hard, especially for young children. These recommended reads from The Ivy Bookshop will help!

Board/Soft Books (newborn-toddler)

“The Night Before Preschool” by Natasha Wing and Amy Wummer
’Twas “The Night Before Preschool” (Grosset & Dunlap), and Billy was very nervous … but by the book’s end, he can’t wait to go back! This sweet take on the classic holiday poem will ease first-time students’ fears.

“Mouse’s First Day of School” by Lauren Thompson
When mischievous Mouse (Little Simon) stows away in a backpack and finds himself at school, he can’t believe his luck. His adorable adventures introduce students to everything they’ll find on their first day, from chalkboards to classmates.

Picture Books (ages 2-6)

“Sophie’s Squash Go to School” by Pat Zietlow Miller
For a girl whose best friends are a pair of baby squash, stubborn Sophie (Penguin Random House) is surprisingly lovable. When her classmate, Steven, tries to befriend her, Sophie isn’t so sure … but soon comes to find she needs some human company, too.

“Monstergarten” by Daniel J. Mahoney
Some kids may be scared to start kindergarten, but “Monstergarten” (Feiwel and Friends) students are worried they won’t be scary enough! Pink monster Patrick and his best friend, Kevin, practice their best snarls and sneaks, but will they make an impression on the first day?

Early Readers (ages 6-8)

“Dog-Gone School”
by Amy Schmidt
These studious pups are the cutest classmates. Fun poems accompany adorable photos in this great addition to any dog-lover’s back-to-school collection (Random House).

“The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes
This award-winning chapter book introduces Billy, an elementary schooler who has to learn to deal with increasingly difficult school work, a pesky little sister and all the new friend drama that comes with getting older (Greenwillow Books).

Middle Readers (ages 8-12)

“Hired Girl” by Laura Amy Schlitz
After Joan runs away from her home on a farm to live in the city, she finds herself taken in by a lovely family that helps her to explore life, art and education. Though not explicitly a back-to-school book, “The Hired Girl” (Candlewick) is definitely a relatable read for middle-grade readers.

“The Terrible Two” by John Jory and Mac Barnett
Miles thinks Yawnee Valley is going to be totally boring (see: large quantity of cows), but before he knows it, he’s locked in an intense prank battle with a surprising new foe. This hilarious book is a hit for kids of all ages (Harry N. Abrams).

Young Adults (ages 13-18)

“We All Looked Up” by Tommy Wallach
High school is hard enough without adding an asteroid into the mix. But the celestial body isn’t the only threat in the lives of these four seniors—the future, too, looms ominously (Simon & Schuster).

“I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson
Twins Noah and Jude are inseparable … until they’re not. This stunning novel by Jandy Nelson gives distinct voices to the two dynamic characters, whose story will alternately surprise, delight and devastate (Penguin)

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