The start of a new school year often brings up a mix of emotions—excitement to see friends, worry about new teachers or a new school, or even sadness that summer has ended. These feelings can be a lot to process, and reading a book may help. These great picture books will help make this school year the best one yet!
School spirit takes on multiple meanings in this exuberant and upbeat read. The protagonist from Schofiled-Morrison’s I Got the Rhythm (2014), demonstrates how the school spirit stays with her as she greets her friends, listens to stories, and all of her other activities throughout the school day. This upbeat book is bound to put pep in your step!
In this fun book, all of the animal friends are nervous about going back to school for various reasons. Sloth does not want to be late, mouse is nervous because all of their classmates are bigger than them, kangaroo is not ready to spend time outside its mother’s pouch, and more. However, when they get to their classroom, they learn their teacher Mr. Sherwood is also nervous! This is a funny book with a reaffirming message that we can work together to help ease each other’s fears.
The first day at a new school can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. At his new school, David hopes to make new friends who might want to play his favorite elastic skip game at recess, but who would want to join in? This tender and quiet book perfectly illustrates the emotions of trying to fit into already established friend groups, and will empower and reassure children who might be going through a similar experience as David.
School anxieties are not exclusive to the first day of school, and I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do Anything! offers an empowering mantra for any kid. Ayaan wakes up a bit worried before going to school. He says that sometimes at school he worries he might not know the answer to a question. His mom reminds him of the affirmation they always say together, but he is still unsure. As they walk to school, his mom points out all of the people who care for him, and the many things he is able to do. By the time he reaches school, Ayaan is confident and ready to face the school day. This sweet story is great for the beginning of the school year or anytime a confidence boost might be needed.
These are only a handful of the many wonderful books in our collection about returning to school. Regardless of what emotions the new school year might bring, there is a perfect book for every situation.
Elizabeth Weislak is the Youth Services Coordinator for Alamance County Public Libraries. She can be reached at email@example.com.