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Back-to-School with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

 

It’s back to school time. Some kids in the United States have already returned to school. Most are doing a hybrid form of schooling which includes both online and in person classes.

My school district goes back to school on September 8, 2020. They are doing split classes (AM and PM), as well as hybrid online/in person classes.

I work in the school district for an after school program. I am curious to see how it’s all going to work out. I’m also a bit scared seeing as how I am considered “high risk” and I’m a bit worried about my health.

If you have a child who is starting school for the first time, or a child/teen returning to school, you might be interested in some of these great back to school books from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

A School-Bus Shaped Crayola Board Book 

I’M FEELING SCHOOL BUS YELLOW!

By Tina Gallo, Illustrated by Clair Rossiter

8/18/20 | ISBN 9781534464339 | Ages 2-5

Celebrate the back-to-school season with fantastic Crayola colors in this adorable board book that’s shaped like a school bus with foil on the cover.

Picture Books celebrating Learning, Teachers, and the First Day of School

OUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR

By A.E. Alli, Illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell

6/30/20 | ISBN 9781481485630 | Ages 4-8

A heartwarming picture book following a group of boys from different backgrounds throughout the school year as they become the best of friends.

RESCUING MRS. BIRDLEY

By Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Emma Reynolds

6/30/20 | ISBN 9781534427044 | Ages 4-8

In this wildly charming and fantastically imaginative story by the New York Times bestselling author of Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear, a young animal expert knows just what to do when she spots her teacher in the wild.

HARLEM GROWN

By Tony Hillery, Illustrated by Jessie Hartland

8/18/20 | ISBN 9781534402317 | Ages 4-8

Harlem Grown tells the inspiring true story of how Tony Hillery invited students from an underfunded school in Harlem to turn a vacant lot into a farm. These kids turned an abandoned space into something beautiful and useful while learning about healthy, sustainable eating and collaboration. 

Favorite Characters Heading to School

DANIEL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

By Alexandra Cassel Schwartz, Illustrated by Jason Fruchter

6/30/20 | ISBN 9781534463066 | Ages 3-7

It’s Daniel Tiger’s first day of school in this adorable 8×8 storybook based on an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! This storybook includes a sheet of unbelievably cute stickers.

SNOOPY GOES TO SCHOOL

By Charles M. Schulz, Illustrated by Robert Pope

6/30/20 | ISBN 9781534464568 | Ages 3-7

Celebrate the back-to-school season with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this 8×8 storybook.

Learn to Read with these Schooltime Stories

ROCKING THE TIDE

By Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Mike Moran

6/30/20 | ISBN 9781534453074 | Ages 4-6

From acclaimed, prolific author Jane Yolen comes a colorful Level 1 Ready-to-Read story all about a school music concert.

MAX & MO’S SCIENCE FAIR SURPRISE

By Patricia Lakin, Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

5/5/20 | ISBN 9781534463226 | Ages 4-6

Award-winning author Patricia Lakin is back with a Level 1 Ready-to-Read about the adorable hamsters, Max and Mo. Join Max and Mo as they participate in an exciting science fair.

OPERATION LIBRARY

By Tina Gallo

5/5/20 | ISBN 9781534464209 | Ages 4-6

Boss Baby fights for babies’ right to story time in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read based on The Boss Baby: Back in Business, the hit series currently streaming on Netflix.

Chapter Books about Extracurricular Activities 

MINDY KIM, CLASS PRESIDENT

By Lyla Lee, Illustrated by Dung Ho

9/15/20 | ISBN 9781534440173 | Ages 6-9

Fresh Off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in the adorable chapter book series following Mindy Kim, a young Asian American Girl—in this fourth novel, Mindy runs for class president.

HEIDI HECKELBECK FOR CLASS PRESIDENT

By Wanda Coven, Illustrated by Patricia Burris

8/25/20 | ISBN 9781534461307 | Ages 5-9

When Heidi’s class needs a new president, Heidi throws her witch’s hat into the ring! Now there are so many Heidi needs to do to prepare for the election. She has to make posters. She has to give a speech. And hopefully along the way she will figure out what being class president really means. Does Heidi have the magic it takes to win the vote?

BEWARE OF THE GIANT BRAIN!

By Mark Young, Illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum

7/21/20 | ISBN 9781481491396 | Ages 8-12

Newton Warp’s classmate, Odifin Pinkwad, exists as a brain in a jar, and cooks up a dangerous plan to win a school Trivia Night, in the fourth book in Franken-Sci High, the wacky series created with The Jim Henson Company.

MIA MAYHEM STEALS THE SHOW!

By Kara West, Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

7/14/20 | ISBN 9781534467231 | Ages 5-9

Mia plays a superhero in a school play in this eighth adventure of the Mia Mayhem chapter book series.

Middle Grade Navigating Complicated Social Situations

IT’S GIRLS LIKE YOU, MICKEY

By Patti Kim

6/30/20 | ISBN 9781534443457 | Ages 10 and up

Mickey navigates the pitfalls, heartbreaks, and triumphs of seventh grade in this uplifting companion to I’m Ok, which award-winning author Gene Luen Yang praised as “funny and heartfelt.”

POPULARITY CODE

By Stephanie Faris

4/28/20 | ISBN 9781534445192 | Ages 9-13

Mean Girls meets The Clique in this relatable M!X novel that tackles the effects of online bullying.

Teen Reads with School Settings

DON’T ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM

By Jennifer De Leon, Illustrated by Elena Garnu

8/18/20 | ISBN 9781534438248 | Ages 14 and up

First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW

By Rachel Lynn Solomon

7/28/20 | ISBN 9781534440241 | Ages 12 and up

The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

See more of our Fall 2020 titles here.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of site readers. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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