There is so much excitement in elementary schools as a new year begins. Still, there is also a palpable amount of nervous energy. What will my teacher be like? Will I make new friends? If I put one more pencil in my backpack, will the whole thing explode?
Everyone deserves a fresh start. I’ve blogged these picture book favorites before, but I am listing them here with links to the original posts for your convenience.
Here’s hoping it’s a great year, with students discovering books that strengthen a love of reading, parents and teachers finding a little downtime to engage in their own reading pursuits and class pets discovering new ways to reuse newsprint.
I hear a bell ringing. Stay calm and enjoy the ride!
THIS SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE THE BEST!
Written by Kay Winters
Illustrated by Renée Andriani
(Dutton Children’s Books, 2010)
This is a great book to get a child or an entire class thinking about their hopes and dreams for the new school year. It’s one I return to every year. There is something so wonderful about renewal. (Click here for the original post.)
DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL
By David Shannon
(Blue Sky Press, 1999)
True, some children will wish they were home battling monsters and worse on the videogames, but most are truly happy to be back in the classroom. David is the kind of student I worry most about. He’s certainly eager, but all those school rules don’t make much sense to him. This year, let’s keep David’s spirit intact and find ways to channel all that exuberance! (Click here for the original post.)
Written by Nicola I. Campbell
Illustrated by Kim LaFave
(Groundwood Books, 2008)
Going back to school wasn’t always a happy time. Many aboriginal children faced separation from their families, language and culture, spending the year in residential schools. This beautifully illustrated book is a way to spark critical thinking early in the year. (Click here for the original post.)
SPLAT THE CAT
By Rob Scotton
Poor Splat. He’s a jittery mess. What will school be like? Can he put it off another day? Forever? This humorous book may serve as a springboard to talking about what children are nervous about with the start of school. (Click here for the original post.)
Written by Troy Wilson
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
(Orca Book Publishers, 2004)
There once was a superhero known as Perfect Man. Now he’s a teacher. He is still saving the world, one child at a time. This book honors the heroic deeds teachers do every day. (Click here for the original post.)
A FINE, FINE SCHOOL
Written by Sharon Creech
Illustrated by Harry Bliss
(Joanna Cotler Books, 2001)
If you can’t read this book and think it is about your school, you’ve got a problem. All year, I am reminded of Principal Keene’s genuine impression of where he works—a fine, fine school with fine, fine students and fine, fine teachers. And yet Mr. Keene still needs to learn a thing or two. No matter how wonderful school is, there still needs to be time to pursue other interests. (Click here for the original post.)
These are my back-to-school picks. What are yours? Leave a comment and mention a title or two. I’d love you to steer me in the direction of other reading treasures!