I know what you are thinking – WHY am I writing a post about back to school when school just ended. Sadly, back to school shopping will be here before you know it (about a month from now). It’s never to soon to think about school supplies and things to get kids ready for the new school year.
HarperCollins Children’s Books has many wonderful books that are either available now, or will be soon, to help your child/grandchild prepare for the new school year.
Lola Knows a Lot written by Jenna McCarthy and illustrated by Sara Palacios
9780062250179– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8
Meet Lola! Lola knows a lot. She can cartwheel. She can tie her shoes. She can make her sister crazy. The only thing Lola DOESN’T know… Is if she’s really ready to go to school.
Otter Goes to School written and illustrated by Sam Garton
9780062352255– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8
Hi! I am Otter. This is about the time I started my own school for Teddy, Giraffe, and the rest of my friends. We had a great teacher and did lots of fun things together . . . until Teddy said he didn’t like school anymore. Luckily, Otter Keeper came to the rescue and taught us the best lesson of all!
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
9780062373458– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8
On a rainy day, Frank’s parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That’s how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on they’re inseparable. Not only do they have a lot to teach each other—as they explore the world around them they discover they both have a lot to learn.
Winnie & Waldorf: Disobedience School written and illustrated by Kati Hites
9780062311627– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8
Waldorf has been misbehaving! Winnie decides it is time he enrolls in Winnie’s school for disobedient dogs. Waldorf learns his lessons quickly-his favorite subject is nap time; naturally he excels at it. But when it is time for gym class, something terrible happens. The neighbor’s dog is in trouble! Will Waldorf know just what to do to save the day?
On The First Day of Kindergarten written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Laura Hughes
9780062348340– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8
From making lots of friends to jumping rope in gym, this fun, build-on story counts twelve exciting firsts of big kid school. A sturdy paper-over-board cover makes it a perfect book for even the youngest students-to-be!
Pete the Cat’s Got Class written and illustrated by James Dean
9780062304100– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8
Pete the Cat loves math. But when he sees that his friend Tom is having trouble adding and subtracting, Pete has an idea to make math fun! Will Pete’s teacher believe it when Tom suddenly knows all the answers?
Rappy Goes to School written by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Tim Bowers
9780062291813– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8
It’s Rappy the Raptor’s first day of school and he’s excited! But when Rappy spots a classmate being made fun of, he speaks up-in rhyme, of course! Parents and kids will snap, tap, and dance first day jitters away with this funny school story with a dino-sized heart.
I Am a Story written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
9780062411068 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/6/2016
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press, and to our digital age, discover how a story has changed and evolved from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared, and bringing people together. With simple text and delightful illustrations, Dan Yaccarino reminds us of the power of the story.
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Eric Comstock
9780062370563– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 10/4/2016
Charlie Piechart and Watson are back in their second colorful picture-book mystery for young mathematicians. Instead of a missing slice of pizza, it’s a cone-shaped princess hat for the school play! ”It’s an emergency, Charlie!” Instead of fractions, the focus is geometry–and Marilyn Sadler and Eric Comstock are better than ever.
For more back-to-school picture book reads, check out—
- Pinkalicious ABC (On Sale 5/24/2016)
- Pinkalicious 123 (On Sale 5/24/2016)
- How To Eat an Airplane (On Sale 5/24/2016)
- Little Wing Learns to Fly (On Sale 6/14/2016)
- Funny School Stories: Learning to Read Box Set (On Sale 6/21/2016)
- Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes (On Sale 6/21/2016)
- Clark the Shark: Lost and Found (On Sale 7/5/2016)
- Dirt + Water = Mud (On Sale 7/12/2016)
- Hello, My Name is Tiger (On Sale 7/12/2016)
- The Cranky Ballerina (On Sale 8/9/2016)
Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome pb by Robby Novak
9780062438713 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12
In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends (he has interviewed Beyoncé!), and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer.
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune written by Jane O’Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss
9780062269690– $9.99 – Ages 6 to 10
How great would it be to be wealthy—that’s elegant for rich. Nancy Clancy sure thinks so, and with the help of her best friend Bree, she sets out to make a fortune one way or another. But when things don’t go as planned, Nancy learns something even more valuable-some of the best things in life are free.
My Weird School Fast Facts: Geography by Dan Gutman
9780062306203 – $5.99 – Ages 6 to 10
New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman has compiled hundreds of weird-but-true geography facts in this highly illustrated and funny fact book, featuring his beloved characters from the My Weird School series.
My Weird School Fast Facts: Sports written by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot
9780062306173 —$5.99—Ages 6 to 10
My Weird School author Dan Gutman has created the weirdest series of fact books ever! Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about sports or simply someone who wants to know why Major league baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear, this sports facts edition is the book for you.
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
9780062338174 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12
When Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, three students come up with a risky plan to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.
The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook by Soman Chainani
9780062423054– $17.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 7/12/2015
Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that I inform you of your admission to the School for Good and Evil. For thousands of years, the greatest of heroes and villains have come through our classrooms before they ventured into the Endless Woods to find their stories-and now you join their ranks. Please use this Handbook as a resource as you navigate your way through your first year at school.
Moo by Sharon Creech
9780062415240 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 8/30/2016
When twelve-year-old Reena, her little brother Luke, and their parents move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches and blueberries and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer ” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna–and one very ornery cow named Zora. What begins as farm chores turns to fun as she and Luke learn that even the most stubborn and short-tempered of beings can become true friends.
Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell
9780062377548 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 10/4/2016
After eating a package of DINOBLAST POWERPACKERTM protein powder, a regular hamster transforms into a fiercely adorable, super-hungry, sharp-toothed, spiky-tailed mutant… and promptly goes missing. Sam Gibbs, sixth-grader, social outcast, and amateur cartoonist, is determined to find and protect the weird little guy.
For more back-to-school reads, check out—
- Big Nate Flips Out (On Sale 5/17/2016) – now in paperback!
- Big Nate Doodlepalooza (On Sale 5/17/2016) – now in paperback!
- Big Nate Puzzlemania (On Sale 5/17/2016)
- Confidentially Yours #4: The Secret Talent (On Sale 9/13/2016)
If you would like to learn more about these other other books by HarperCollins Children’s Books, visit www.HarperCollins.com/Childrens. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter too (links found on the top right of their website).
*I received a few books in exchange for my participation, and to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.