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Clifford Goes to Kindergarten

By Norman Bridwell
Scholastic Inc.

  • May 2015
  • Ages 3–5
  • $3.99

Emily Elizabeth is starting kindergarten and she's a little nervous. Good thing that the teacher sent a note home that says each child can bring something from home to make the transition a little easier. But the teacher didn't bet on a child bringing something—or someone—as big as Clifford!



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What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge

By Jerry Pallotta; Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
Cartwheel Books

  • July 2015
  • Ages 5–7
  • $6.99

What do teachers actually do every day in the teachers' lounge? When an imaginative child peeks inside, he embarks on a wild, funny adventure you'll never forget. Who knew that teachers surf, hike, eat frog-eyeball soup, and walk through the rain forest—all while in the teachers' lounge?



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First Grade, Here I Come!

By Tony Johnston; Illustrated by David Walker
Cartwheel Books

  • July 2015
  • Ages 3–5
  • $8.99

Kindergarten? Done! Watch out everyone, 'cause first grade, here I come! From award-winning author Tony Johnston and David Walker comes the perfect book for first-time First Graders.



ABC School's For Me!

NEW!

By Susan B. Katz; Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Scholastic Press

  • July 2015
  • $16.99
  • Ages 3–5

Cuddle up with your little bear and enjoy this rhyming read-aloud chock-full of the ABCs of school. There's so much alphabet to explore!



NEW!

Peppa's Chalk ABCs

By Scholastic
Scholastic Inc.

  • August 2015
  • Ages 3–5
  • $10.99

Learn to write with Peppa in this fun chalk book that features write-on, wipe-off pages. This adorable book includes sturdy board pages with a chalkboard coating for writing, a pack of colorful pink chalk, and a wipe-off eraser so kids can enjoy writing along with Peppa again and again.



Bailey
 

By Harry Bliss
Scholastic Press

  • August 2011
  • $16.99
  • Ages 3-5

Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics. Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey's homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all. In this funny new book from the best selling children's illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing—and making friends!



Where's My Homework?

By Michael Garland
Cartwheel Books

  • June 24, 2014
  • Ages 3-5
  • $6.99

A hilarious school story that explores all the possible places your homework might be hiding! When a young boy’s homework goes missing, who is to blame? Of course the aliens beamed it up, or perhaps the pirates plundered the pages, or maybe the wicked witch turned his homework into a frog! Or did a dog actually eat it? With a vivid imagination and hilarious art style, Michael Garland hits all the right notes in this wonderful back-to-school story.



Rawr!

By Todd H. Doodler
Scholastic Press

  • September 2013
  • $4.99
  • Ages 3-5

From Todd Doodler, the creator of BEAR IN UNDERWEAR, comes a silly story about a polite, well-behaved Tyrannosaurus rex who discovers that being a dinosaur is tough work. Rex is bigger than all the other kids in class. He's bigger than his teachers! His gym clothes don't fit. His desk is too small. And he is horrible at playing hide-and-seek. But worst of all, everyone thinks he's super scary! But that doesn't get Rex down! Instead he teaches everyone exactly why being different is great in this hilariously heartwarming story about making friends, getting along, and learning to say RAWR!



How Will I Get to School This Year

By Jerry Pallotta/Illustrated by David Biedrzycki
Cartwheel Books

  • July 2013
  • $6.99
  • Ages 3-5

A hilarious back-to-school story from bestselling duo Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki! Embarrassed by getting dropped off at school by mom or dad? School bus more trouble than it's worth? If you could choose, how would you get to school? In their latest effort, bestselling duo Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki playfully imagine all of the different ways a child could get to school—from jumping with frogs to riding on the back of your very own elephant. Kids will surely love the imagination in Pallotta's story and laugh along with every one of Biedrzycki's humorous illustrations.



Bugs in My Hair!

By David Shannon
The Blue Sky Press

  • September 2013
  • $17.99
  • Ages 4-8

Is something bugging you? Bestselling award-winner David Shannon shows the funny side of waging war against—foh no!—head lice. This book is guaranteed to make you laugh—and itch! From the opening picture of a happy, oversized louse appearing with his suitcases, you know these bugs are determined to stay, and Mom is about to go nuts! Nobody talks about them, but they are everywhere. (Some estimate 20 million children a year host them.) Oh the shame and humiliation of having bugs in your hair! But if you go to school, or have play dates, chances are good you might meet them someday. Maybe you already have! Lucky for you, the unwelcome bugs in this story are so funny you will be laughing aloud—even when Mom attacks them with battle-tested anti-lice weapons. Shannon peppers his hilarious scenes with fun, "nitpicking" facts about these "lousy" critters and pokes fun at common denial: "It's probably ash from that volcano in Pogo Pogo." Soon the party's over—Bye-bye, Little Nasties! Once again Shannon has created a fresh, highly entertaining read-aloud classic that begs to be read again and again.



Eddie Gets Ready For School

By David Milgrim
Cartwheel Books

  • July 2011
  • $8.99
  • Ages 4-8

Fall in love with Eddie as he gets ready for school! Now that Eddie can get ready all by himself, his morning routine is anything but ordinary!

• Wake up (with a megaphone)
• Get dressed (up in a costume)
• Pack a snack (a watermelon's perfect)
• Find something for show-and-tell (No, not the TV!)
• Run like mad to catch bus!

With understated humor and uproarious illustrations, David Milgrim's first checklist book gets you to school on time, and in a great mood.



Super Silly School Poems

By David Greenberg, Illustrated by Liza Woodruff
Orchard Books

  • June 24, 2014
  • Ages 6-8
  • $6.99

A collection of silly poems that’s perfect for back-to-school! This school-themed collection contains wacky, wonderful poems about a recess secret, a show-and-tell mystery, a handful of homework excuses, and a sneaky, slithering, escaped class pet. These poems are sure to tickle the funny bone of any kid who's ever endured a gross cafeteria lunch or a teacher with eyes in the back of her head. David Greenberg’s silly school poems will speak to kids, parents, and teachers alike. Liza Woodruff's fun illustrations are a perfect fit for these poems.



Lotus Lane #1: Kiki: My Stylish Life

By Kyla May
Branches

  • June 2013
  • $4.99
  • Ages 6-8

Kiki, Coco, and Lulu are the BEST of friends. They even have their very own club! But Mika, the new girl, is shaking things up on Lotus Lane. This first book is written as Kiki's diary—with illustrations and doodles throughout. Kiki LOVES creating cool outfits, hanging out with friends, and collecting fun facts like these:

Fact: I am a member of the Lotus Lane Girls Club.
Fact: I will one day be a VERY famous fashion designer.
Fact: My new neighbor Mika is trouble--triple trouble!
Fact: Even chickens must look their best.

Read Kiki's diary to find out all about life on Lotus Lane!



Eerie Elementary #1: The School is Alive!

By Jack Chabert, Illustrated by Sam Ricks
Branches

  • June 24, 2014
  • Ages 6-8
  • $4.99

Eerie Elementary is one scary school! In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor, and must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school. Is Sam up to the challenge? He’ll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late.



Middle Grade

Third Grade Angels

By Jerry Spinelli
Arthur A. Levine Books

  • July 29, 2014
  • Ages 7-10
  • $5.99

The long-awaited prequel to the bestseller Fourth Grade Rats.

George, aka “Suds,” has just entered third grade, and he’s heard the rhyme about “first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats.” But what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded “the halo”—which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he’s finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn’t actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count? Third Grade Angels is a warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.



Scholastic Children's Dictionary

By Scholastic
Scholastic Inc.

  • August 2013
  • $19.99
  • Ages 8-12

The bestselling Scholastic Children's Dictionary is newly updated for 2014. Some of the outstanding new features include: brand new cover, a focus on emerging technology terms, an updated and expanded Geography section, and an additional 64 pages of new content. New entries and definitions have been written by prominent lexicographers and reviewed by an advisory board of educators and librarians. The Scholastic Children's Dictionary is the only children’s dictionary to include a thesaurus, grammar guide, punctuation guide, idiom guide, and geography section.

• 64 pages of new content-for the same price as the previous edition!
• Updated and expanded geography section with flags of all 50 states and all the countries of the world
• Hundreds of new words
• New technology terms
• Dozens of brand-new images throughout the dictionary
• Exciting new cover
• Aligned with the Common Core State Standards
• Includes all Tier 2 High Frequency Academic Vocabulary words



Star Wars: Jedi Academy

By Jeffery Brown
Scholastic Inc.

  • September 2013
  • $12.99
  • Ages 8-12

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school—all told through one boy's comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away...Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot Academy, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy—a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now...

This inventive novel follows Roan's first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too—like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force.



The Great Greene Heist

By Varian Johnson
Arthur A. Levine Books

  • May 27, 2014
  • Ages 10-14
  • $16.00

Saving the school—one con at a time.

Jackson Greene has reformed. No, really he has. He became famous for the Shakedown at Shimmering Hills, and everyone still talks about the Blitz at the Fitz.... But after the disaster of the Mid-Day PDA, he swore off scheming and conning for good. Then Keith Sinclair—loser of the Blitz—announces he's running for school president, against Jackson’s former best friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby hasn’t talked to Jackson since the PDA, and he knows she won’t welcome his involvement. But he also knows Keith has “connections” to the principal, which could win him the election whatever the vote count.

So Jackson assembles a crack team to ensure the election is done right: Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess and cheerleader. Charlie de la Cruz, point man. Together they devise a plan that will bring Keith down once and for all. Yet as Jackson draws closer to Gaby again, he realizes the election isn't the only thing he wants to win.



Miss Pells Never Misspells

By Steve Martin/Illustrated by Martin Remphry
Scholastic Reference

  • January 2013
  • $9.99
  • Ages 10-14

More cool ways to remember stuff! From acronyms to rhyming lists, this book makes remembering facts a breeze. Full of spelling, punctuation, and grammar memory tips; ways to improve vocabulary; geography hints; and much more!