Picture books and beginning readers about returning to school in the fall.

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I Don't Want to Go To School!
Stephanie Blake

COPING E BLAKE

Simon the rabbit does not want to go to his first day of school, but by the time his mother comes to take him home, he is having such a good time that he does not want to leave.


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Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards
Serge Bloch

COPING E BLOCH

On the first day of school, a student is confused by many of the phrases that are used, such as when the librarian says not to open a can of worms, or when the teacher says he expects the class to be busy bees doing their homework.


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Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten
Toni Buzzeo

COPING E BUZZEO

Even though there are rules to follow, a little girl who loves adventure has an exciting first day of kindergarten.


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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!
Lucille Colandro

E COLANDRO

You won’t believe why this old lady swallowed some books, a pen, a pencil case, a ruler, a folder, some chalk, and a bag! Read this book to find out.


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Foxy
Emma Dodd

COPING E DODD

Emily is worried about starting school for the first time, but Foxy waves his magic tail to provide what she needs to be ready.


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Back to School Tortoise
Lucy M. George

COPING E GEORGE

Summer is over and Tortoise must summon the courage to go back to school.


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Kindergarten Countdown
Anna Jane Hays

COPING E HAYS

Rhyming text follows an excited little girl as she counts down the days before the start of kindergarten.


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The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School
Albert Lorenz

E LORENZ

On his first day at a new school, John answers the librarian’s questions about what his former school was like, concocting a wild story of attending classes in a castle, where the lunch menu includes worms and storybook characters come to life.


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Sea Monster's First Day
Kate Messner

COPING E MESSNER

A young sea monster experiences his first day of school and, after a rocky start, he makes friends and has fun.


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The Kissing Hand
Audrey Penn

E PENN

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.


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A Pirate's Guide to First Grade
James Preller

E PRELLER

A young pirate and his crew embark on a grand adventure when they board the bus for the first day of first grade.


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First Day of School
Anne Rockwell

COPING E ROCKWELL

Mrs. Madoff’s students compare notes about getting ready for their first day of school after vacation.


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Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat!
Rob Scotton

E SCOTTEN

How can there be homework when it’s only the first day of school? Splat must pick only one of all of his fun summer adventures to share with his classmates at show-and-tell. But in the end, Splat may find that the best part of his summer wasn’t an adventure at all…


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We Love Our School!: A Read-Together Rebus Story
Judy Sierra

COPING E SIERRA

Rhyming text with rebuses follows a group of animals through their first day of school.


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Polka-dot Fixes Kindergarten
Catherine Urdahl

E URDAHL

On the first day of kindergarten, Polka-dot uses the fix-it kit her grandpa has prepared for her to help her make a friend.


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This School Year Will Be the BEST!
Kay Winters

E WINTERS

When a teacher asks her students on the first day of school what they wish for in the coming year, the answers range from having a good school picture to receiving a perfect report card.


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Lucky School Bus (Stone Arch Readers)
Mindy Crow

ER CROW

School Bus is ready for his big job on the first day of school.


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Scholastic Reader Level 1: Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?
Lisa McCourt

ER MCCOURT

A mother reassures her son when he imagines increasingly silly things that might go wrong on his first day of kindergarten.


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Butterfly Garden
Margaret McNamara

ER MCNAMARA

Mrs. Connor’s first-graders watch as caterpillars slowly turn into butterflies in the butterfly garden at Robin Hill School.


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Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip
Herman Parish

ER PARISH

Amelia Bedelia goes with her class to visit a farm, where her literal-mindedness causes confusion along with some laughs.


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