Top Picks for Back to School

It's the end of August, which means you've either just started school or you'll soon be heading back. It doesn't matter if you're going to school for the very first time or have been in school for awhile—moving from summer vacation to school lessons and homework can be hard.

When my son started kindergarten, a friend recommended The Kissing Hand as a way for both of us to transition to school. Raccoon is worried kindergarten will be scary, but his mother gives him a special way to always know she is with him, even when they are apart.

Anxious first-graders will fall in love with Princess Posey as she twirls her way into Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade. Posey really wants to wear her favorite tutu on the first day of school, but everyone tells her "no," until she meets her new teacher and finds out about the first day parade.

Looking for some slapstick humor? School! will have you rolling down the aisle of the school bus with its wacky cast of characters—from athlete Ron Faster to janitor Mr. Iquit.

If you think you hate the first day of school, then you should meet Judy Moody, who hates the first day of school more than anyone else in the world—and isn't afraid to tell you about it. Judy is in a really bad mood on the first day of third grade, but when she gets the Me collage assignment, everything changes.

What's the biggest fear about starting school? Could it be that It's the First Day of School-- Forever! Groundhog Day meets middle school in this frightening but funny look at what could happen on the first day if it happened over and over again.

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