The Best Back to School Books for Kids

Check out these fun and often funny back-to-school books for kids! Great books to get your little one ready for all the new things they will see and experience on the first day of school!

And check out my short form crafting series Curious Crafting on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Watch all the episodes here. And look out for season 2 coming in the new year!

Back to School Books for Kids

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  1. The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes (Author), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)
  1. The Queen of Kindergarten, by Derrick Barnes (Author), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)
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  1. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, by  Ryan T. Higgins (Author, Illustrator)
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  1. What Should Danny Do: School Day, by  Adir Levy (Author), Ganit Levy (Author), Mat Sadler (Illustrator)
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  1. I am Quiet:  A Story for the Introvert in All of Us, by Andie Powers  (Author), Betsy Petersen  (Illustrator)
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  1. Dont Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It), by Carrie Finison (Author), Daniel Wiseman (Illustrator)
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  1. The Boy With The Big Big Feeling, by Britney Winn Lee (Author), Jacob Souva (Author)
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  1. School’s First Day of School, by  Adam Rex  (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
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  1. Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson (Author), Tara Calahan King (Illustrator)
  1. Your Name Is a Song, by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Author), Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)
  1. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, by Deborah Diesen (Author), Dan Hanna (Illustrator)
  1. You’re Finally Here, by  Melanie Watt  (Author)
  1. Kindergarten, Here I Come, by  D.J. Steinberg (Author), Mark Chambers (Illustrator)
  1. Be Kind, by Pat Zietlow Miller (Author), Jen Hill (Illustrator)

More Back to School Books for Kids

  1. Unicorn Day, by  Diana Murray  (Author), Luke Flowers (Illustrator)
  1. Our Class is A Family, by Shannon Olsen and Sandie Sonke
  1. A Bike Like Sergio’s, by  Maribeth Boelts  (Author), Noah Z. Jones (Illustrator)
  1. The Squirrels Who Squabbled, by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
  1. The Pigeon Has to Go to School, by Mo Willems 
  1. The Sunday Blues, by Neal Layton
  1. Mae’s First Day of School, by Kate Berube
  1. A Letter From Your Teacher, by Shannon Olsen (Author), Sandie Sonke (Illustrator)
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  1. The Day You Begin, by  Jacqueline Woodson  (Author), Rafael López  (Illustrator)
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  1. All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold (Author), Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)
  1. On the First Day of Kindergarten, by  Tish Rabe  (Author), Laura Hughes  (Illustrator)
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  1. First Day Jitters, by Julie Danneberg  (Author), Judy Love (Illustrator)
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  1. David Goes to School, by David Shannon (Author, Illustrator)
  1. Twindergarten, by Nikki Ehrlich and Zoey Abbott Wagner 
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  1. What Dinosaurs Did At School, by Refe Tuma (Artist), Susan Tuma (Artist)
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  1. The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade, by Justin Roberts  (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
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Age Level

This activity is good for kids 4 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon.

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids – coming out September 27, 2022

Book: STEAM Crafts for Kids – coming out November 29, 2022

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

This show is all about fun and easy crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

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Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

Shop our ready made play kits here.


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