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Hi, Friends! It’s back to school time and you’re ready for new schools, new teachers, new friends and new adventures. Check out these picture books you’re sure to enjoy! 

*CCPL Staff picks are chosen by CCPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We’d love to hear your ideas too, so write to us and tell us what you’d recommend!*

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The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

The King of Kindergarten goes to school, meets his teachers and makes new friends. 

Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube

Mae is nervous about her first day of school. She discovers she has something in common with her new teacher, Ms. Pearl. 

We Don’t Eat Our Classmatesby Ryan T. Higgins

Penelope is excited and prepares for her big day. She learns a valuable lesson about friendship. 

Butterflies on the First Day of School by Annie Silvestro

Rosie’s excited about her first day of school. She becomes nervous as her first day approaches and has “butterflies” in her stomach. Does Rosie’s “butterflies” disappear by the end of her first day?  

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

When her new teacher struggles to remember her name, her mom teaches her an innovative way to remember them. 

Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson

It’s mouse’s first day of school. Join him on his adventure in an empty classroom. 

The Pigeon has to Go to School by Mo Willems

The Pigeon is scared about going to school and thinks about all of the things that could possibly go wrong. 

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing

This rhyming picture book follows children on their first day of kindergarten. 

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Angelina is scared to meet her new classmates. She learns her story is uniquely her own. 

Mom, It’s My First Day of School by Hyewon Yum 

It’s his first day of school. He’s excited for his first day as he meets his teachers and makes new friends.