School days are fast approaching, and these books about going to school will help children and parents get ready for the first day back at school.

“Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School” by Barbara Park, 2013, Random House, ages 6-9.

Junie B. Jones fans will enjoy the interactive journal format of this back-to-school book. Junie, in her zany style, shares advice on school topics, such as what to put in your backpack, the best ways to get to school, getting in trouble, and how to do well on a test. Pages are included at the end of each chapter for the reader to add personal details to the journal. The use of color, handwritten font, and simple, quirky illustrations makes the journal format appealing.

“How Will I Get to School This Year?” by Jerry Pallotta, Illustrated by David Biedrzycki, 2011, Scholastic, ages 4-7.

A young girl uses her imagination to dream of creative ways to get to school besides “taking the smelly school bus”. Her school-trip adventures include riding a giant mosquito, swinging on a gorilla, and walking with a pride of lionesses. She soon realizes that traveling with her human friends just might be the most fun of all. Full-page, soft-color illustrations bring a child’s imagination to life.

“You’re Wearing That to School?!” by Lynn Plourde, Illustrated by Sue Cornelison, 2013, Hyperion Books, ages 4-7.

Penelope the hippo receives first-day-of school advice from her friend Tiny the mouse, but Penelope and Tiny have very different tastes. Penelope wants to wear her sparkle rainbow outfit, but Tiny says everyone will stare. Penelope wants to bring a giant chocolate cake for lunch, but Tiny says no. In the end, Penelope must find a way to be true to herself and maintain her friendship with Tiny, a challenge many children face each day. A four-page spread opens to reveal the many animal characters in Penelope’s class at school and the uniqueness of each one.

“Bailey” by Harry Bliss, 2011, Scholastic, ages 4-7.

A dog going to school? Bailey is not just any student! He brings a bone for the teacher’s birthday, chews up his homework, and paints with his tail. Bailey’s antics liven up the school day for students and teachers. Author and illustrator Harry Bliss is also an award winning cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine.

Books about school can help to ease the transition back into the school routine.

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