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Back to School



Are you looking for literature to use at Back to School time? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Back to School.





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By Jeff Kinney
Boys don't keep diaries -- or do they? It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. Since its launch in May 2004 on, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million readers.


by Margaret McNamara
It's almost the first day of first grade, and Michael can't wait. That is, until he discovers that his puppy, Cookie, can't join him. But when he learns that bringing Cookie means she wouldn't be just his anymore, he decides it's better if she stays home. (Ready-to-Read, Level 1)


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T is for Teachers: A School Alphabet By Steven L. Layne, Deborah Dover Layne, Doris Ettlinger (2005)
This school year promises "no more teachers' dirty looks." They'll be too busy smiling and reading from the pages of T is for Teachers. From the first verse, teachers and their kids will have great fun learning from the behind-the-scenes look at one of the most important buildings any of us enter. Quick rhymes engage the reader while fact-filled text expound of each letter's topic.


by Natasha Wing
It's the night before the Big Day -- first grade. Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore's classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers -- as well as the "heroine" of the story -- and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.



by Laurie B. Friedman
In this sequel to Mallory on the Move, Mallory McDonald starts third grade at a new school in a new town, away from her best friend and her old life. To make matters worse, her mother is the new music teacher. To top it all off, Mallory goes to school on the first day with nail polish stuck to her face; then she gets the part of an eggplant in her mother's Fall Festival. The eight-year-old cleverly pins blame for the nail polish on her cat; but when she pretends to break a leg onstage to avoid performing, she sets up a dramatic, emotional episode that will leave kids holding their breaths to see the repercussions of her actions. Despite Mallory's problems, there is a foundation of happiness within the novel. (School Library Journal)




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