If you are like me you are super excited to be a part of another school year. My brain is filled with so many ideas and possibilities. I tried to write down everything I wanted to do this year, but I became overwhelmed with the list. I decided to write a list of a few goals I would love to achieve this year. As teachers the joy of the school year grants us two New Years; September and January!
Regardless of how you are approaching the school year, the Library is here to support you every step of the way. We hope you will reach out to us when considering new curriculum ideas or adding new units. We are prepared to gather resources, offer our expertise and our time. We are always looking for ways to collaborate.
To start you off we have compiled a list of great read-alouds for the first few days of the school year. Books have been categorized by grade level for your convenience. Theses titles along with other great books will be on display in the Library. We invite you to come down and browse the collection, chat with us and share ideas or adventures you are excited to explore this school year!
Birdie is both excited and nervous about starting school, but once she sees the classroom and meets her teacher, she knows that everything will be fine.
Carmen Learns English by Judy Cox; Angela N. Dominguez (Illustrator)
Call Number: E COX
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Newly-arrived in the United States from Mexico, Carmen is apprehensive about going to school and learning English.
Chu's First Day of School by NEil Gaiman; Adam Rex (Illustrator)
Call Number: E GAI
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his animal classmates can do.
Dad's First Day by Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
Call Number: E WOH
Publication Date: 2015-07-07
Oliver and Dad have spent a fun summer together but when it comes time for the first day of school, Dad discovers that he is not ready and does everything he can to postpone the big day.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
Call Number: E COR
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
abari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons. He's passed his swim test. It's just... maybe he should do some stretches first. 'Looks easy,' says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back
Love by Matt de la Peña; Loren Long (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DE
Publication Date: 2018-01-09
llustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us al
Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown
Call Number: E BRO
Publication Date: 2015-06-23
Kindergarten is just a week away and Monkey is not ready, but with help and encouragement from family and friends, he begins to get excited.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg; Judy Love (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DAN
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.
(Title also available in our Spanish Collection)
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Call Number: E HEN
Publication Date: 2000-07-25
A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Parsley (Illustrator)
Call Number: E PAR
Publication Date: 2015-07-07
A child provides insights, based on personal experience, into everything that can go wrong if one brings an alligator to school for show-and-tell.
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold; Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)
Call Number: E PEN
Publication Date: 2018-07-10
This is a must-read for pre-school and elementary classrooms everywhere. An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way
A Pirate's Guide to First Grade by James Preller; Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
Call Number: E PRE
Publication Date: 2010-07-20
A young pirate and his crew embark on a grand adventure when they board the bus for the first day of first grade.
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
Call Number: E REX
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself
4th and 5th Grade
It's Back to School We Go! by Ellen B. Jackson; Jan Davey Ellis (Illustrator)
Call Number: 371 JAC
Publication Date: 2003-08-01
n easy-to-read text, describes what the first day of school might be like for a child in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.
We're All Wonders by R. J. Palacio
Call Number: E PAL
Publication Date: 2017-03-28
Augie enjoys the company of his dog, Daisy, and using his imagination, but painfully endures the taunts of his peers because of his facial deformity
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Call Number: E POL
Publication Date: 1998-05-04
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Call Number: E WOO
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.