(Today in Oz, we have something for your munchkins to read.)
New backpack? Check. A new size in uniforms? Check. While your child might be leaving their summer reading until the last minute (it still FEELS like summer), here’s a list to help your kids, and yourself, get in the back-to-school spirit.
Here’s the rundown:
Pre-school to Kindergarten:
Oliver and his Alligator by Paul Schmid
Oliver has a case of the first-day-of-school jitters, and stops by the swamp to pick up an alligator who helps swallow all of his worries. Great for conquering shyness. Schmid’s ne
west book, Oliver and his Egg, features an Oliver in school whose imagination runs wild when he finds a dragon egg.
Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
GREAT book for boys (and even girls) entering Kindergarten. The budding astronaut found in these pages will have soon-to-be kindergarteners excited about starting school. My favorite line in the book? “Then…I remember what they say at NASA: FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.” Illustrations by Shane Prigmore are also colorful and exciting.
Pinkalicious and the New Teacher by Victoria Kann
Our favorite pink-loving heroine is back just in time for school! I’ll admit, my favorite part of this book is the fold out poster that says “Reading is Pinkatastic!” I have to agree with Pinkalicious, as she discovers the joys of a new classroom. Bookmarks with that slogan are also included.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Duncan’s crayons have a bone to pick with him. Yellow thinks he should be the color of the sun…but then again, so does orange. All he wants to do is color! If you do not own this book, or you have not read this book, the biggest favor you can do for yourself and your child is to purchase this hilarious read for anyone who loves to color with crayons. I’ve placed it on this back-to-school list because who doesn’t love to color??
Rufus Goes to School by Kim T. Griswell, Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev.
With a name like Rufus Leroy Williams III, Rufus is not your average pig. While his friends are busy playing basketball, he wants to learn how to read. The catch? The principal doesn’t allow pigs to enroll in his school. Kids will love Rufus, and will most likely be one to read again and again.
My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not.) by Peter Brown
You loved Creepy Carrots and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. This book wins the prize for BEST BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK of 2014! Bobby loves to fly paper airplanes, especially in class. Ms. Kirby is Bobby’s “big problem” at school because she makes him sit out at recess for throwing paper airplanes in class. But then…Bobby runs into Ms. Kirby at the park outside of school. What happens next will make you smile. You can get a signed copy here at the store!
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
The little librarian works all night with her three assistant owls to make sure things run smoothly in the Midnight Library. However, squirrels start to play music, and a wolf begins to cry. The library stays open until the sun rises, and the illustrations and story are charming.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
While we are on the topic of libraries…this incredible book is about loving stories and books, and the journey they can take you on. Great for any age, and a must have for a personal library.
Written by Clara