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Books to Beat the Back to School Nerves for All Ages

The first days of school can be stressful for some kids. And sometimes, they would have hard time explaining themselves and talking about their feelings. As parents, we need to let them feel they are supported and not alone. Here are the top 5 books to help your children understand, handle, and cope with the back-to-school jitters. 

This Is a School

By John Schu

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A school isn’t just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for discovery and asking questions. A place for sharing, for helping, and for community. It is a place of hope and healing, even when that community can’t be together in the same room. John Schu, a librarian and former ambassador of school libraries for Scholastic, crafts a loving letter to schools and the people that make up the communities within in a picture book debut beautifully illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison.

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Puppy Bus

By Drew Brockington

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When a boy and his family move, he has to start all over at a new school—and gets plenty of first day jitters. The teachers will be different, he'll have to make new friends, and he won't even know where the bathroom is! On the first day, he nervously gets on the bus, only to end up at Puppy School. Everything is strange and different—but at the end of the day, new friends prove that maybe starting at someplace new isn't so bad after all.

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Isabel and her Colores Go to School

By Alexandra Alessandri

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English, with its blustery blues and whites, just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers the warm oranges and pinks of Spanish. As she prepares for class at a new school, she knows she's going to have to learn--and she would rather not! Her first day is uncomfortable, until she discovers there's more than one way to communicate with friends. This is a universal story about feeling new and making new friends.

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Rulers of the Playground

By Joseph Kuefler

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A funny, relatable story about how becoming "rulers" of the playground in the end is less fun than playing together and sharing. "A great choice for the beginning of the school year."

One morning, Jonah decided to become ruler of the playground. Everyone agreed to obey his rules to play in King Jonah’s kingdom. Everyone except for Lennox . . . because she wanted to rule the playground, too.

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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

By Mo Willems

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Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

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