Back to School Books

Most students have a mixed feeling of excitement and sadness going back to school, and not only kids. Even dogs, cats, aliens, and other endearing characters are going back to school as well and their experience and adventures are sure to help fill the coming school days with a bit of laughter. Below you will find a list of books about school from Trianglepublishing kids will enjoy reading. If you got interested in some of these wonderful books and would like to purchase them consider checking out such online stores as Amazon, Campus Book Rentals, Textbookrush,, Powells Books and Christian Book Distributors.

Oh My Baby, Little One

Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Author: Kathi Appelt Illustrator: Jane Dyer
Harcourt Brace & Company, $16.00 (Hard Cover)
These days a lot of mothers are returning to work, so small children are entering daycare at a very young age. Reading this rhymed story accompanied by beautiful warm-hearted watercolor illustrations will comfort both adult readers and youngest listeners. A mother bird is leaving her kid at nursery school, but she tells him that "…even when I'm far away / this love I have will stay / and wrap itself around you / every minute of the day."

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
By: Mark Teague
Random House Children's Books/ Yearling, $6.99 (Paperback)
Read about the endearing romp with a charming old-fashioned young hero to dispel the myth that going back to school can be a dreary exercise. Teague's compelling pictures invite us to join the main character on his train journey Westward to visit Aunt Fern in her house on the plains. This dwelling turns out to resemble Aunt Em's pad in The Wizard of Oz adding to the homey atmosphere of the story.

Baloney (Henry P.)

Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jon Scieszka, Illustrator: Lane Smith
Penguin Putnam Inc./Viking Children's Books, $15.99 (Hard Cover)
The main hero of the story is a young green-faced alien, Henry P. Baloney who has a habit of arriving at school late. His teacher, Miss Bugscuffle, wants to find out why and asks him to explain. Henry imagines a creative cover-up story and tells it to the class using "alien" words (see Decoder at the back of the book). Greatly impressed by his remarkable tall tale, the teacher asks Henry to put down his story.

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Colin McNaughton, Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.00 (Hard Cover)
The story begins one ordinary day with an ordinary breakfast, an ordinary walk to school and ordinary thoughts. But when the boy arrives at school and takes a seat at his desk, his day begins to change - a new teacher, Mr. Gee, storms into the classroom to offer students an extraordinary idea that challenges all the children to use their imagination. Suddenly an ordinary day turns into real adventure inspiring the main character in a way that is going to change him forever.

Cool Zone with the Pain & the Great One

Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Author: Judy Blume, Illustrator: James Stevenson
Random House Children's Books/Delacorte Press, $15.99 (Hard Cover)
Third-grader Abigail who has called herself "The Great One" and her brother Jake, who's in the first grade, "The Pain", don't get along very well at the beginning of the story but then they learn that when it counts, each can rely on the other. They experience funny misadventures that take place in the "Cool Zone" (the "s" and the "h" on the school sign have been painted out).

Smartypants (Pete in School)

Ages: 5 & Up
Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Penguin Putnam/G.P. Putnam's Sons, $15.99 (Hard Cover)
Bringing a dog in the class is a sign that it's going to be a day full of adventures. The dog is the insatiable canine gourmand Pete that gets his fill of knowledge and also serves as an impetus for discovering rules are bound to be broken and there is no end to learning.

Rotten Ralph Helps Out

Ages: 6 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jack Gantos, Illustrator: Nicole Rubel
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $14.00 (Hard Cover)
Sarah who is learning ancient Egypt at school involves her shameful cat, Ralph, in her schemes for her project. Ralph is always willing to help but every time he fails to succeed in what he is asked to do. Despite his failures, including one with the local librarian, Rotten Ralph manages to win the war.

Thank You, Mr. Falker

Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Patricia Polacco
Penguin Putnam Inc./ Philomel, $16.99 (Hard Cover)
Tricia, who desperately wants to learn to read because all of her family are passionate of learning, finds out that letters in books seem to be all wiggling shapes. At school she is considered to be dumb. She believes in it as well . . . until Fifth Grade when a wonderful teacher, Mr. Falker, comes to teach.

Gooney Bird Greene

Ages: 6 & Up
Author: Lois Lowry, Illustrator: Middy Thomas
Houghton Mifflin Co., $15.00 (Hard Cover)
Gooney Bird loves to wear colorful, creative costumes every day and quickly becomes the brightest, in every sense of the word, student of second grade. Declaring, "I tell only absolutely true stories," Gooney Bird goes into the history of the school as a funny young protagonist. This book is excellent for transitional readers.

Danitra Brown, Class Clown

Ages: 7 - 9 yrs.
Author: Nikki Grimes, Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
HarperCollins Children's Books / Amistad, $16.99 (Hard Cover)
Danitra Brown and Zuri attend the same class. They could be best friends, but they have very little in common. Zuri is apprehensive because she is scared of math while Danitra is lively and always looks on the bright side. At the beginning of the new school year Zuri passes a foolish note which is read by a class bully, and Danitra saves her friend by playing the role of clown.

The Report Card

Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Andrew Clements
Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $15.95 (Hard Cover)
When Nora was a baby she discovers that she is a genius. But as she hates attention, she right up through fifth-grade, pretends to have average abilities. Her best friend Steven is a bit thick when it comes to schoolwork, and Nora decides to make him feel better by getting a lousy report card. But this only makes the situation worse and unintended consequences begin to ricochet.

The School Story

Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Andrew Clements, Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $16.00 (Hard Cover)
Best friends since kindergarten, Natalie and Zoe study in the sixth grade at a private school in New York City. Natalie, whose mother is a children's book editor, is good at writing; Zoe, whose father is a respectable lawyer, is the talker and the planner of this spunky duo. When Natalie writes an exceptional story, Zoe decides to help her friend publish it. She uses a pen name to send the manuscript to Natalie's mother. You will find out what happened next by reading this amazing story.

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Louis Sachar
HarperCollins Childrens Books, $15.95 (Hard Cover)
While reading this humorous book children will be both laughing and learning. Everything about Wayside School is strange. The building with thirty stories is sideways, with the rooms piled one on top of another, except for the nineteenth floor with the class of Miss Zarves. There is no nineteenth floor, and there is no Miss Zarves, but there is a thirteenth floor where nice Mrs. Jewls teaches her eccentric pupils. Mrs. Jewls takes a maternity leave. Before she returns, Wayside School gets a little stranger.

Reluctantly Alice

Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.00 (Hard Cover) $4.99 (Paperback)
Alice starts attending junior high school and finds herself demoted (together with all the other seventh graders) to the bottom of the junior high pecking order. She does her best to like school and be liked by other students, so she finds herself the favorite target of an older student, Denise "Mack-Truck" Whitlock. Vividly describing all the horrors of junior high school and written with generous humor, the book tells the reader about the career of the intelligent thoroughly likable Alice.

Wayside School Is Falling Down

Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Louis Sachar, Illustrator: Adam McCauley
Harper Collins , $11.19 (Hard Cover)
There are many things that make Wacky Wayside School unique. First of all it is built sideways, featuring thirty rooms piled atop each other, and there is no nineteenth story because the builder just forgot it. This school is a perfect setting for a series of nutty disasters. It is the place where Sharri falls asleep and rolls out the window, Joe counts all wrong and gets the right answers and Calvin is sent to deliver a note to the missing nineteenth floor. Kids are sure to get hooked by the broad humor of the stories. They will get acquainted with the teacher who throws the computer out of the window to demonstrate gravity and will discover that Wayside School's fire drill is announced by a cowbell because when it sounds, the school immediately fills with cows.