Back to School

Little Ones

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!



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!

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!



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.



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.



Kindergarten Is Cool!
 

By Linda Elovitz Marshall, Illustrated by Chris Chatterton
Cartwheel

  • June 28, 2016
  • $8.99
  • Ages 4-6

Get ready for kindergarten in this fun, rhyming story that's sure to reassure little ones anxious about their first day. Celebrate all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every kid entering kindergarten in this charming second-person narrative. Whether it's early-morning jitters or becoming familiar with new classroom routines, this sweet and bouncy story will have expectant kindergarteners saying, "Kindergarten is cool!"



No Fair! No Fair!

By Calvin Trillin, Illustrated by Roz Chast
Orchard Books

  • September 27, 2016
  • $17.99
  • Ages 4-8

The first children's poetry collection by award-winning writer Calvin Trillin -- illustrated by acclaimed illustrator Roz Chast!

Get ready to laugh out loud with Calvin Trillin's first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups). Enjoy the whimsical cartoon illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Roz Chast as you find out if Justin is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat, and if you can send back a new baby brother.

Inspired by some of Calvin Trillin's real-life experiences, No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood celebrates the humor of familiar everyday topics



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?



 

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.



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

NEW! 

Kyle Finds Her Way

By Susie Salom 

Arthur A. Levine Books

  • October 2015
  • $16.99
  • Ages 10-14

In this delightful debut, Kyle Constantini discovers what it takes to navigate middle school: good friends, a crusading spirit, and her lucky blue fedora.

On the first day of sixth grade, Kyle Constantini lands in the principal's office after standing up against (that is, punching) Ino Nevarez, who was teasing a deaf girl at school. Her punishment? Join the NAVS program, which teaches constructive problem-solving (that is, not punching).



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.


 

A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4)

By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Scholastic Inc.

  • July 26, 2016
  • $12.99
  • Ages 8-12

Victor Starspeeder is psyched to be starting school at the Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina does not share an enthusiasm for Victor's newfound educational path. She's horrified that her annoying baby brother will be there to cramp her style.

While Victor means well, his excess energy leads him to spend a lot of time in detention with the little, green sage, Yoda. Yoda wants to channel Victor's talents, so he makes the young Padawan join the drama club. Victor is not pleased. "Learn to control your anger, you must! Successfully manage their emotions, a good Jedi can. Box step and jazz hands ... hee hee ... young Padawan will!"

Victor will have to make new friends, get on his sister's good side, learn to use the force, and hope the year's drama club performance ("Wookie Side Story"? "Annie Get Your Lightsaber"?) goes off without a hitch!

 



Save Me a Seat

By Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan
Scholastic Press

  • May 10, 2016
  • $16.99
  • Ages 8-12

From award-winning author of Pie Sarah Weeks and debut author Gita Varadarajan comes a story that shows us the beautiful ways our lives end up being much more similar than we ever imagine.

Two boys -- one white, one Indian American -- gain strength from each other from afar as they struggle to navigate middle school, family, and friendships.



Slacker

By Gordon Korman
Scholastic Press

  • April 26, 2016
  • Ages 8-12
  • $16.99

 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman raises slacking off to the level of high art in this all-new stand-alone.

A boy who tries to cruise through school doing as little work as possible gets his comeuppance when a community service project escalates into an all-out battle with an extracurricular-obsessed mean girl.