Friday, August 11, 2017

Ten Books for Beginning the School Year

I'm often the last to know. Sometimes, it's my own fault. Sometimes, I'm fortunate not to know. Other times, it's just the way life works out, but it's better late than never. Yesterday, #pb10for10 on Twitter featured top ten lists from authors, bloggers, and others in the children's literature world. So I'm going to be a day late and offer 10 books for beginning the school year.

The New Bear at School (2008)/written by Carrie Weston/illustrated by Tim Warnes

Boris the Bear is a new student in class and it takes a while for his classmates to warm up to him. Great for teaching acceptance and patience.

A New School Year (2017)/written by Sally Derby/illustrated by Mika Song

Six students, one from each grade in K-5, share their thoughts about the new school year. This is a terrific book for adults to read as we get ready for a new group of students.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou (2001)/written by Patty Lovell/illustrated by David Catrow

 Be proud of who you are and where you came from. Great lessons for the beginning of the year and for life.

Bernice Gets Carried Away (2015)/written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff. Plus having a cat with her hands on her hips is hilarious.

I'm New Here (2015)/written and illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Imagine being new and not understanding the language. This will help with understanding and building empathy.

One Smart Cookie (2010)/written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal/illustrated by Jane and Brooke Dyer

Life lessons for young and old from the lovely Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Do Unto Otters (2009)/written and illustrated by Laurie Keller

An otterly fun way to talk about manners in the classroom and beyond.

Jessica's Box (2015)/written and illustrated by Peter Carnavas

Being new is hard and making friends may not be easy, but it will get easier.

Big Bouffant (2011)/written by Kate Hosford/illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Keep being yourself and create your own path.

Lily the Unicorn (2014)/written and illustrated by Dallas Clayton

Be a positive force in your classroom. We need more Lilys in the world.


  1. I love Molly Lou Melon! There are some titles here I have to check out. Thanks for sharing books to begin the year.

  2. Almost half of these are new to me! Can't wait to check them out!


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