Books to help elementary children get back into the school spirit

Picture books and easy reader going-back-to school titles for beginning readers:

Pinky Dinky Doo: Back to School Is Cool by Jim Jinkins

Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth by Alison McGhee, Harry Bliss, and Paul Colin

Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat Go to School by Tomie dePaola

A Very Full Morning by Eva Montanari

Dancing Dinos Go to School by Sally Lucas and Margeaux Lucas

My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits and Gabi Swiatkowska

It's My School by Sally Grindley

Tomorrow is the First Day of School by Maureen Macdowell and Max Hergenrother

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School By Jamie Harper

Arthur's Back to School Day by Lillian Hoban

The New Kid at School by Kate McMullan and Bill Basso

Back to School for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

Little Witch Goes to School by Deborah Hautzig

Moses Goes to School by Isaac Millman

Max & Mo's First Day at School by Patricia Lakin and Brian Floca

Arthur's Back to School Surprise by Marc Brown

Amanda Pig, School Girl (Easy-to-Read, Puffin) by Jean Van Leeuwen and Ann Schweninger

Morris Goes to School by B. Wiseman

Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes

Pippi Goes to School by Astrid Lindgren and Michael Chesworth

Cam Jansen & First Day of School Mystery by David Adler and Susanna Natti

School Days Around the World by Catherine E. Chambers

Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley

I've Got the Back-To-School Blues by Gail Herman and Stacy Peterson

The Class from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee

Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus


Back to school for independent readers (list gets progressively older themed):

Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. by Megan McDonald

*** Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards by Serge Bloch

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Back to School, Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman

Stuart Goes To School by Sara Pennypacker

First Year Letters by Julie Danneberg

*** Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar

Littel House: School Days by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Back to School with Betsy by Carolyn Haywood

Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary

My Weird School Daze #3: Mr. Granite Is from Another Planet! by Dan Gutman

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford

Main Street: September Surprises by Ann M. Martin

Raymond and Graham Rule the School by Mike Knudson

The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson by Barbara Robinson

Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli

Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue by Jack Gantos

Top Ten Ways To Ruin The First Day Of School by Kenneth Derby

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by by Jeff Kinney

Tripping Over the Lunch Lady by Angela Johnson, David Lubar, James Proimos, and David Talbot Rice

Schooled by Gordon Korman

The Trouble with Rules by Leslie Bulion

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Over! Can't think anymore! Please expand this list by adding any back-to-school stories in the comments!

For PreK - 2nd grade first-experiences-with-school books: An exhaustive list about getting ready for school.
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