10 Books on Starting School

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It’s September and that means everyone has started back to school. For little ones, this can be a tricky time that leads to lots of worry and what-ifs. These picture books (and 1 chapter book) are all great ways to guide them through this transition.

 

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I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child – Charlie and Lola books are so much fun. Lola is sure that she is too small to start school, but her brother Charlie patiently convinces her with all sorts of funny reasons on why she needs to go.

 

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Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker – Izzy finds lots of things that “wow” her on her first day of school.

 

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Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton – Splat is nervous about his first day at cat school, but it goes better than expected.

 

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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – Chester Raccoon is nervous about his first day of school, until his mother tells him a story that reassures him.

 

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Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman – Chu, the sneezy panda is heading off to school for the first time. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice and wonders what will happen there.

 

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Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin – Of course we can’t forget Pete! Pete’s all ready for school: he’s got his red high-tops, his backpack, his lunch box, and his red guitar. There are a lot of new things during his day, but he doesn’t worry and just keeps singing his song.

 

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Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park – This is a beginner chapter book and not a picture book, but Junie B. is great for reading aloud! Junie B. describes her first day of kindergarten and what happens when she decides not to take the bus home like she’s supposed to.

 

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School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and even the school itself is a little nervous.

 

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Sumi’s First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak – After Sumi’s first day of school, she decides it is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.

 

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Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes – Wemberly is a little mouse and she is quite the worrier. Starting nursery school brings a whole list of new worries, but she faces her fears on her first day.

 

Miss Jessica

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Modern Mythology

Myths are full of action, adventure, and drama!  They are so vivid and compelling, it’s no wonder many modern works draw inspiration from these tales of old.

If you or a reader you know can’t get enough gods, monsters, and mortals, you may be interested in some of the following books and series.

Greek Myths 

Beasts of Olympus Series by Lucy Coats

Heroes in Training Series Series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls Series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Mythic Misadventures series by Carolyn Hennesy

The Olympians graphic novel series by George O’Connor

 

Norse Myths

Norse Myths Series by Carl Bowen

Norse myths : tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki in New Versions by Kevin Crossley-Holland and illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love

The Blackwell Pages Series by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Freya adapted by Christopher E. Long and illustrated by Mike Dubisch

 

Egyptian Mythology

The Children of the Lamp Series by P.B. Kerr

The Kane Chronicles graphic series and novel series by Rick Riordan

Many of Rick Riordan’s other works are inspired by mythology too.  The Trials of Apollo series and the Percy Jackson & the Olympians graphic and novels are two very popular series.

His new publishing imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, aims to feature authors and stories from underrepresented cultures.

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The first book published, Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, is a fantastic adventure involving Hindu mythology.  

There are also plans to release a book based on Navajo mythology and Cuban folklore, so stay tuned for those!

Miss Tess

The Next Step: Early Chapter Readers

 

Making the jump from early readers to chapter books can be daunting. Fortunately, authors and publishers are realizing the need for fun, simpler chapter books to help kids make that transition.

Below are a list of book series to start children off on their new reading challenge with some fun reading. Individual books in each series may be easier or harder. In the listing below you will find written the different reading system levels for the first book in each series to aid you in choosing a series you feel will encourage your child’s reading.

Please don’t’ hesitate to ask at the Children’s Desk for help to find these books and for additional suggestions.

 

 

 

Haggis and Tank Unleashed by Jessica Young     J Fic You

Reading Levels: Lexile 480 / Guided Reading  M / Accelerated Reader 3.1

A mix of chapters and comic book panels with full page color illustrations.

 

Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald     J Fic McD

Reading Levels: Lexile 480 / Guided Reading J / Accelerated Reader 2.5

Judy Moody stories just right for new readers. Lots of illustrations in color.

 

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo     J Fic Dic

Reading Levels: Lexile 450 / Guided Reading  K / Accelerated Reader 2.7

Kids will adore this lovable pig and her antics. Lots of color illustrations.

 

Monkey Me by Timothy Roland     J Fic Rol

Reading Levels: Lexile 510 / Guided Reading O / Accelerated Reader 2.4

Thanks to a wacky banana, energetic Clide turns into a monkey when he gets excited!

 

Nancy Clancy by Jane O’Connor     J Fic Oco

Reading Levels: Lexile 450 / Guided Reading O / Accelerated Reader 3.3

Fancy Nancy is growing up and now is interested in dectective work- but in a fancy way, of course! Illustration in black and white.

 

Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings      J Fic Cum

Reading Levels: Lexile 490 / Guided Reading M / Accelerated Reader 3.3

For those young, brave readers who like creepy things such as balloon monsters out to get you. Cartoon type illustrations in black and white.

 

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott     J Fic Ell

Reading Levels: Lexile 400 / Guided Reading M / Accelerated Reader 3.0

Fun books about friends written in diary form with some speech bubbles. Illustrations in color.

 

The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale      J Fic Hal

Reading Levels: Lexile 500 / Guided Reading N /Accelerated Reader 3.2

Funny and action packed—this is not your average princess. Illustrations in color.

 

Princess Posey by Stephanie Greene     J Fic Gre

Reading Levels: Lexile 380 / Guided Reading  K / Accelerated Reader 2.9

Simpler and calmer than Junie B Jones but just as lovable. Black and White Illustrations.

 

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey     J Fic Pil

Reading Levels: Lexile 520 / Guided Reading L / Accelerated Reader 2.9

Has comic book panels, superhero action, and Pilkey’s Flip-O-Rama. Illustrations in color.

 

Yo-Kai Watch by Kate Howard     J Fic Yok

Reading Levels: Lexile 430 / Guided Reading N / Accelerated Reader 3.4

Fun Yo-Kai characters in chapter book form for young readers. Illustrations in color.

Great Graphics for Kindergarten to Third grade

 

Graphic novels can be an area where us grown-ups feel like fish out of water!  Is the content appropriate?  How young is too young for a graphic?  How can you tell which ones are right for your kiddo?

 

Don’t let these questions stop you and your kiddo from checking out the awesome comic books (or graphic novels, as we call them)!  Just ask us!  We are happy to give suggestions for every age.  We have graphics offered in board book form for the very young all the way through adult graphic novels!

 

Check out these suggestions for kindergarten to third grade!

Hammy and Gerbee: Mummies at the Museum by Wong Herbert Yee

Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires

Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Owly by Andy Runton

Far Out Fairy Tales by Otis Frampton, Joey Comeau, Louise Simonson, Benjamin Harper, and Sean Tulien

Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley

Geronimo Stilton

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

Mr. Pants by Scott McCormick

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Pets on the Loose! by Victories Jamieson

Beep and Bah by James Burks

Miss Marta