Books to Get You in the Back-to-School Mood
by Beth Mendelsohn
Summer is winding down and soon it will be time to go back to school. This can be an exciting time for many, but other kids may feel a bit nervous. I will miss my mom. Will I make a friend? What will my teacher be like? It’s not just kindergarteners who are scared to start school. Here are some stories across several genres and age levels to help with those first day jitters!
The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
This “new” classic is a great story for a child who needs a little reassurance in new situations — like the first day of school. Chester Raccoon is scared to go to school even though his mother tells him about all the new and fun things he’ll get to do. Mrs. Raccoon shares a secret way for Chester to carry her love with him all day.
Third Grade Mix-Up: Sidney & Sydney
by Michele Jakubowski
Ugh! Sydney Greene starts the first day of third grade by mistakenly sitting in new student Sidney Fletcher’s seat! But they soon discover that they share many things other than their shared name, including art and video games. Do they become friends despite the fact that Sidney is a boy and Sydney is a girl?
School’s First Day of School
by Adam Rex
Kids aren’t the only ones nervous on the first day of school. The brand new Frederick Douglass Elementary School also has first day jitters in this heart-warming picture book. When the School hears the children say that they hate school, the School feels badly. But things pick up as the day progresses and the School shares the details with the Janitor at the day’s end.
by Svetlana Chmakova
It’s Pepi’s first day at her new middle school and it’s already off to a rough start. When Pepi accidentally bumps into Jaime, and kids start calling her “nerder girlfriend,” Pepi pushes Jaime to the floor and runs off. Pepi learns to find her place in this middle grade graphic novel. It is also a Nutmeg Book Award Nominee for 2019.
Friends Stick Together
by Hannah E. Harrison
Rupert the Rhino likes things just so. New student Levi the Tickbird is loud and annoying, and has decided that poor Rupert is his new best friend. Will their budding friendship last?
The Night Before First Grade
by Natasha Wing
This reworking of the popular Christmas poem relates how Penny gets ready for her first day of first grade. The story continues into the actual first day and the changes Penny has to face.
Quinny & Hopper
by Adriana Brad Schanen
Wild child Quinny has moved with her family from bustling New York City to the quiet suburbs. There she meets her next door neighbor Hopper, a quiet, shy boy. They are nothing alike yet they become best friends. This funny chapter book will appeal to boys and girls alike.
Mae’s First Day of School
by Kate Berube
Mae does NOT want to go to her first day of school. She tries everything to avoid it. But her parents insist and walk her to school. Mae disappears up a tree (still not going to school) and is soon joined by another girl, Rosie, and Ms. Pearl who also
do not want to go to school. They discover that their fears about school are the same, and overcome them by climbing down and entering the school.
August Events at Lucy Robbins Welles Library
There are weekly and monthly programs this month, including Chess and Checkers Club, Building with LEGO® Bricks and storytimes. Here are some of our special programs:
Ready for Kindergarten, Mondays, August 6, 13, and 20, 6:30 p.m. Children who will be starting kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year, and a caregiver, will listen to stories and participate in hands-on activities that will help develop skills needed for a successful start in school.
Kids Craft Show, Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Crafters, ages 6-13, can reserve a table to sell non-food, kid-made crafts. Buyers of all ages are welcome to come and shop. Come view the creative talents of Newington’s youth.
More information about programs at Lucy Robbins Welles Library can be found on the library’s website www.newingtonct.gov/library, or by calling 860-665-8720. The library is located at 95 Cedar Street.
Beth Mendelsohn is a Children’s Librarian at Lucy Robbins Welles Library.