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Picture (Easy) Books

Back to School Tortoise
by Lucy George
Summer is over and Tortoise must summon the courage to go back to school. 
Follow the Line to School
by Laura Ljungkvist
Follow the line from the science corner to the library, from recess to show-and-tell. Go on a colorful, comforting, and altogether fun romp through the school day. 
Kindergators: Hands Off, Harry!
by Rosemary Wells
Harry has trouble keeping his hands off his classmates until Tina thinks of the perfect piece of gym equipment to teach him about personal space. 
Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty Pants
by Elise Primavera
Louise the Big Cheese is determined to make the grade in school this year and that means straight A's. But she's stuck with the toughest teacher ever. Will Louise make the grade? 
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
by Eric Litwin
Pete the cat wears his school shoes when visiting the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and more while singing his special song. 
Preschool Day Hooray!
by Linda Leopold Strauss
Rhyming text and illustrations describe a young child's activities during a day at nursery school. 
Sea Monster's First Day
by Kate Messner
A young sea monster experiences his first day of school and, after a rocky start, he makes friends and has fun. 
Skippyjon Jones Class Action
by Judy Schachner
Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat who would rather be his Chihuahua alter ego, is determined to attend dog obedience school. 
Substitute Creacher
by Chris Gall
Mr. Creacher, a multi-tentacled substitute teacher, warns his prankish students not to misbehave, recounting rhyming cautionary tales of the weird, spooky, and unexpected. 
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus
by John Grandits
Before Kyle rides a school bus for the first time, his older brother gives him a list of rules he must follow but after breaking every single one the first day, Kyle discovers the rule his brother left out. 
We Love Our School: a Read-Together Rebus Story
by Judy Sierra
Rhyming text with rebuses follows a group of animals through their first day of school. 

Young Readers

Bones and the Math Test Mystery
by David A. Adler
Detective Jeffrey Bones hates taking math tests, especially one he has forgotten to study for, so when his test paper goes missing he must make a choice--retake the test and try to do better, or find the missing paper. 
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: School Days
by Erica Silverman
Cocoa the horse does not want Cowgirl Kate to go to school without him. 
A Fabumouse School Adventure
by Geronimo Stilton
When his nephew invites him to Career Day at school, Geronimo causes havoc. How's he going to get himself out of this mess? 
Iris and Walter and the Substitute Teacher
by Elissa Haden Guest
When Iris's grandfather comes to her school as a substitute teacher, she has a hard time sharing him with the other students. 
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-up
by Melissa Thomson
Keena and her second-grade class go on a field trip to the United States Capitol where they meet a congressman and Keena makes a big impression, which she documents in her new journal. 
Miss Daisy Is Crazy!
by Dan Gutman
Miss Daisy's unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J. 
No More Teasing
by Fran Manushkin
The class bully loves to tease Katie Woo until she decides to ignore him. 
The One and Only Stuey Lewis
by Jane Schoenberg
Stuey Lewis makes his way through second grade facing reading problems, pulling off a great Halloween caper, joining a soccer team, and more with the help of family, friends, and a special teacher. 
School Kidders: a Book of School Jokes
by Mark Ziegler
These school jokes really pass the test! 
Whose Birthday Is It?
by Sherryl Clark
Luke is worried that no one from his new school will come to his birthday party, but when he and his parents inadvertently create a party mystery, everyone is intrigued. 

Middle Readers

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
by Lenore Look
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. 
Big Nate: in a Class by Himself
by Lincoln Pierce
Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement. 
Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School
by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Ellie writes and doodles in a journal of her family's move to a new home and her struggle to make friends, which gets a lot easier as she leads a nonviolent protest about long lunch lines at school. 
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken
by Sally Warner
Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge. 
Fractions = Trouble!
by Claudia Mills
While trying to decide on a science fair project, third-grader Wilson struggles with fractions and, much to his embarrassment, his parents sign him up to work with a math tutor. 
Lunch Lady
by Jarrett Krosoczka
Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn't dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn't just serve sloppy joes-she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it's no match for LUNCH LADY! 
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel
by Nikki Grimes
Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home. 
The New Girl
by Meg Cabot
Guided by her rules, nine-year-old Allie works to get past being just the new girl at school, eagerly awaits the arrival of her kitten, and faces turmoil when her grandmother visits while the family is still settling into their new home. 
School Days According to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
Humphrey the hamster is puzzled when unfamiliar students fill Mrs. Brisbane's classroom at summer's end, but he soon learns that his friends from last year are fine and that the new class needs his special help. 
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
by Louis Sachar
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. 
Sophie Simon Solves Them All
by Lisa Graff
Sophie Simon, a third-grade genius, wants a graphing calculator so she can continue to study calculus while she rides the bus to school, but her parents are more concerned that she does not have any friends. 
by Jennifer L. Holm
Squish, a meek amoeba who loves the comic book exploits of his favorite hero, "Super Amoeba," and tries to emulate him when his best friend is threatened by a bully. 
Sylvia & Aki
by Winifred Conkling
At the start of World War II, Japanese-American third-grader Aki and her family are sent to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona, while Mexican-American third-grader Sylvia's family leases their Orange County, California, farm and begins a fight to stop school segregation. 

Older Readers

The Fourth Stall
by Chris Rylander
Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results. 
How to Survive Middle School
by Donna Gephart
When thirteen-year-old David Greenberg's best friend makes the start of middle school even worse than he feared it could be, David becomes friends with Penny, who shares his love of television shows and posts one of their skits on YouTube, making them wildly popular--online, at least. 
It's the First Day of School...Forever!
by R.L. Stine
Everything goes wrong for eleven-year-old Artie on his first day at Ardmore Middle School, from the moment his alarm goes off until the next morning, when everything is repeated exactly the same way. 
by Tyler Whitesides
A sixth grader stumbles upon a secret that threatens to turn schoolchildren everywhere into mindless automatons. 
President of the Whole Fifth Grade
by Sherri Winston
To gain leadership skills needed to run a cupcake-baking empire when she grows up, Brianna runs for president of the fifth grade--expecting little competition--until a new girl enters the race. 
The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter
by Kristen Tracy
Eleven-year-old Bessica's plans to begin North Teton Middle School as a new person begin to fall apart even before school begins. 
Steel Trapp: The Academy
by Ridley Pearson
Steven "Steel" Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. To his surprise, his friend Kaleigh arrives at the school, and it isn't long before the two realize that this is not your normal prep school. Foreign agents may have penetrated the school's secrecy and have sleepers in place: kids spying on future kid spies. 
by Andrew Clements
When his older brother gets in serious trouble, sixth-grader Clay decides to change his own mischief-making ways, but he cannot seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker. 
The Truth About Truman School
by Dori Hillestad Butler
Tired of being told what to write by the school newspaper's advisor, Zibby and her friend Amr start an underground newspaper online where everyone is free to post anything, but things spiral out of control when a cyberbully starts using the site to harass one popular girl. 
This is just a sample of some of the great books in our collection. Ask a librarian for more suggestions!
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