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20 Back-to-School Picture Books

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE QUEEN OF KINDERGARTEN

    MAY 24, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THE QUEEN OF KINDERGARTEN

by Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Just the thing to get uncertain youngsters jazzed for a first day—at school or anywhere. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    PUPPY BUS

    JULY 12, 2022

CHILDREN'S

PUPPY BUS

by Drew Brockington ; illustrated by Drew Brockington

A fabulous, funny take on the new-kid and first-day-of-school concepts, especially for animal lovers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    I AM RUBY BRIDGES

    SEPT. 6, 2022

CHILDREN'S

I AM RUBY BRIDGES

by Ruby Bridges ; illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

A unique angle on a watershed moment in the civil rights era. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    KINDERGARTEN

    JUNE 21, 2022

CHILDREN'S

KINDERGARTEN

by Vera Ahiyya ; illustrated by Joey Chou

Will help alleviate fears and start kids thinking about ways to create their own KINDergartens. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GIBBERISH

    MARCH 1, 2022

CHILDREN'S

GIBBERISH

by Young Vo ; illustrated by Young Vo

A visually and emotionally immersive immigration story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    LLAMA LLAMA BACK TO SCHOOL

    MAY 31, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    HATTIE HARMONY

    JUNE 28, 2022

CHILDREN'S

HATTIE HARMONY

by Elizabeth Olsen & Robbie Arnett ; illustrated by Marissa Valdez

An approachable, child-friendly guide to processing anxiety. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THAT'S NOT MY NAME!

    JULY 12, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THAT'S NOT MY NAME!

by Anoosha Syed ; illustrated by Anoosha Syed

Affirming and empowering; a story that will resonate with many children and a lot of adults, too. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SCHOOL IS WHEREVER I AM

    MAY 3, 2022

CHILDREN'S

SCHOOL IS WHEREVER I AM

by Ellie Peterson ; illustrated by Ellie Peterson

Readers will be making their own lists, perhaps before the last page is turned. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HURRY, LITTLE TORTOISE, TIME FOR SCHOOL!

    JULY 19, 2022

CHILDREN'S

HURRY, LITTLE TORTOISE, TIME FOR SCHOOL!

by Carrie Finison ; illustrated by Erin Kraan

Hurry to read this adorable, delightful twist on a very familiar tale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SO NOT GHOUL

    JULY 19, 2022

CHILDREN'S

SO NOT GHOUL

by Karen Yin ; illustrated by Bonnie Lui

A fun, ghostly spin on trading blending in for standing out. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MORE THAN PEACH

    JULY 26, 2022

CHILDREN'S

MORE THAN PEACH

by Bellen Woodard ; illustrated by Fanny Liem

An inspirational look at one girl’s quest to make sure that all skin tones are visible and available in the classroom. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BE A BRIDGE

    AUG. 2, 2022

CHILDREN'S

BE A BRIDGE

by Irene Latham & Charles Waters ; illustrated by Nabila Adani

A charming and welcome read bound to help cultivate a kinder next generation. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ONE THURSDAY AFTERNOON

    SEPT. 6, 2022

CHILDREN'S

ONE THURSDAY AFTERNOON

by Barbara DiLorenzo ; illustrated by Barbara DiLorenzo

A sweet, specific, and straightforward tale of dealing with good and bad in the world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THIS FIELD TRIP STINKS!

    AUG. 23, 2022

CHILDREN'S

THIS FIELD TRIP STINKS!

by Becky Scharnhorst ; illustrated by Julia Patton

A relatable tale that will bolster the spirits of readers dreading their own field trips. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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