8 Great Books to Ease Back Into School

8 Great Picture Books to Ease Back to School
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8 Great Books to Ease Back Into School

Many of my international school teacher friends are already back at work. And soon many others will be back at work preparing for the new school year. Starting school is a momentous time in a child’s life. Reassure them about what to expect in new situations with these great books. Use them to discuss school routines and that it is okay to feel uncertain in new surroundings. Some of the books are about starting at a new school. Others relate to some of the difficulties children face at school.
I have added a few helpful articles for parent and teachers about the start of the a new school year. 

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8 Great Books to Ease Back Into School

The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman

"Hassan feels out of place in a new cold, grey country. At school, he paints a picture showing his colourful Somalian home, covered with the harsh colours of war from which his family has fled. He tells his teacher about their voyage from Mogadishu to Mombasa, then to the refugee camp and on to England. But gradually things change. When Hassan's parents put up his next picture on the wall, Hassan notices the maroon prayer mat, a bright green cushion and his sister Naima's pink dress - the new colours of home." Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Daddy Long Legs by Nadine Brun-Cosme

"Daddy drives Matthew to kindergarten in his old green car. "See you this afternoon," says Daddy, as he kisses him goodbye. But Matthew stops him from leaving and asks, "What if, this afternoon, the old green car doesn't start?" Thus begins a series of what-ifs that Matthew poses in response to every one of Daddy's ideas about how he will manage to return and fetch him, each one more fantastic than the last: he'll come by tractor, by teddy bear, by the wings of birds, by a tiny boat, even by dragon! Finally, Daddy says he'll use his own two long legs, the ultimate reassurance that he'll come back for Matthew, no matter what!" Two Hoots

Going to School by Rose Blake

"Spend the day at school and join the little girl in everything she does in a day—from breakfast to bedtime. Meet her classmates and try to spot what each friend is up to in every lesson throughout the book. Can you guess what they want to be when they grow up? This reassuring introduction to the school day for little ones has bright, friendly artwork and is perfect for children about to go off to school for the first time." Frances Lincoln Children's Books

I Don’t Want to Go to School by Stephanie Blake

"According to his parents, he's starting school tomorrow. Simon says he's 'not going'. He can't sleep - he's scared. His mummy is sure he is brave enough to try it. His father thinks he will make friends and learn lots. Simon's first day of school is very busy - there is drumming and drawing, playing and crying, chocolate mousse and a little nap - and when it's time to go home, Simon is 'not going’! Book Trust

IslandBorn by Junot Díaz

"Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else.Hers was a school of faraway places. So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: “Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.” Dial Books

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

"Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine." Knopf Books for Young Readers

Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

"Trixie can't wait to bring her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to school and show him off to everyone. But when she gets there, she sees something awful: Sonja has the same bunny. Suddenly, Knuffle Bunny doesn't seem so one-of-a-kind anymore. Chaos ensues until the bunnies are taken away by Ms. Greengrove. After school, Trixie finally gets her beloved bunny back. But in the middle of the night, Trixie realizessomething. She has the wrong bunny! Daddy comes to the rescue again as a midnight swap is arranged with the other bunny, the other little girl, and the other daddy. Needless to say, the daddies are not very happy. By the end of the story Trixie has her beloved bunny back, but she has also gained something new: her very first best friend." Walker Books

Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey

"The new girl at school has a glamorous life. What more could she want? Sunday Chutney is not your ordinary every-day girl. Sunday has lived everywhere and been everywhere. The only problem is this means she is always the new girl at school and she never really has a place to call come. But Sunday doesn't mind, not really. After all, she doesn't care what people think, she loves her own company, she has heaps of imaginary friends, so many important interests that keep her very busy . . . and traveling is so glamorous. What more could Sunday Chutney want?" Boyds Mills Press

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