Work Hard, Play Nice, Stay Kind, and Read Books!

As the seasons turn and learning settings change from outdoor campgrounds to indoor classrooms, reading tastes tend to lean toward back-to-school fare. Here are some outstanding titles to make the summer-to-fall transition smooth for all ages. These choices keep students turning the pages of wonderful books that celebrate a special autumn occasion like returning to school.

"I'm Smart" by Kate McMullan

"School's First Day of School" by Adam Rex

"Frindle" by Andrew Clements

"A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices" by Sally Derby

"Third Grade Angels" by Jerry Spinelli

"How to Get Your Teacher Ready" by Jean Reagan

"I'm New Here" by Anne Sibley O'Brien

"The Teacher's Pet" by Anica Mrose Rissi

"Sideways Stories from Wayside School" by Louis Sachar

"Second Grade Holdout" by Audrey Vernick

"David Goes to School" by David Shannon

"The World According to Humphrey" by Betty Birney

"First Grade, Here I Come" by Tony Johnston

"Amber Brown Goes Fourth" by Paula Danziger



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This recommended collection of books is representative of the excellent anti-bias and multicultural literature available for educators and parents of young children through age twelve. All the titles in Books Matter have been reviewed by ADL staff and are frequently updated with new and noteworthy books.