A sweet reader emailed me and asked if I had an 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!
Don’t forget to see all our favorite book recommendations (mostly classic books) here. I’ve got them divided by classic board and toddler books, picture books, girl and boy favorites, and read aloud favorites – all on my Wonderful Children’s Books page (everything linked to Amazon or take to your library to help you find some good books!).