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!