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Classic Children’s Back to School Themed Books

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A sweet reader emailed me and asked if I had recommendations for Back to School-themed books and I thought that was a post-worthy idea! (Just wish I had thought of it sooner!).

To be honest, I don’t know that many back-to-school themed books (see comments for some reader and teacher recommendations or add your own!) but I found a few that I thought would be wonderful to give as gifts this time of year as well as great to read to your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews as they start a new school year.

The one pictured above is called The Hundred Dresses. I actually saw my friend, Barrett, share a post on Facebook from another blogger (I think!) who said she reads this to her children at the start of every year. I thought that was a great idea! We’ve read this book several times and every time it brings my oldest daughter to tears.

Written in 1944, The Hundred Dresses is a timeless story about bullying and teasing without outright saying it’s a book about bullying and teasing (like a lot of modern books do.) The story of Wanda Petronksi is one you and your children will never forget, particularly with its moving illustrations by Louis Slobodkin. (Note: even though it is about girls, my friend who has boys told me this week she also reads this to them at the start of every year – and they both can read. She just thinks it’s a great thing to do as a family).

As I’ve said before, I am not a children’s book expert, but I think you could start reading this to children grades kindergarten and up (or younger if they have older siblings, they can listen in!). It can be read in a night or two.

Here are some more, with some for the younger ones as well! If you have Amazon Prime, you can get these in a day or two!

The Hundred Dresses
A tear jerker but such an important message for first grade and up.
Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book
Teachers appreciate good manners! Time to brush up!
What Mary Jo Shared
Darling picture book about show and tell.
Biscuit Goes to School
Love Biscuit books!

The Berenstain Bears Go to School
I loved The Berenstein Bears as a child. Cute picture book!
he Little Engine That Could: 60th Anniversary Edition
Empower your children with this classic picture book!
The Kissing Hand
A popular first day book!
Spot Goes to School

Happy reading!

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6 thoughts on “Classic Children’s Back to School Themed Books

  1. I am a preschool teacher and the book I always read on the first day of school is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, another good one is Do Unto Otters. Anything by Kevin Henkes has a lesson on how to treat others.

    1. Thank you! I just didn’t know that many! I will make an edit for people to look in comment section to read this!

  2. “The Night Before Kindergarten” is a cute little book for those new Kindergarteners! Makes a sweet little gift to a niece, nephew, grandchildren or special friend!

  3. I would also recommend the “Miss Nelson” books. There are three of them, I think, all school related. The authors are Marshall & Allard.

  4. I read 100 dresses to my kindergarten class and they got the message. That was probably 10 years ago, so I think the kinders now would really get it, with all the bullying talk in out society now.