Easing Back-to-School Jitters

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The last days of summer are winding down. It’s time for one final day trip, a return to the early morning routine, back-to-school shopping and picking up some fantastic school-themed books for your young scholars.

If your child is nervous about the first day of school, reading School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex may ease their fears. Written from a jittery school’s perspective as it wonders if the students will like it and be nice to it, this book presents a cute and universal perspective on a very common situation.School's First Day of School by Adam Rex

Before touring the school with your child, consider Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist. Children will be reassured by the fun way it explores a typical day at school, including recess, library time and art class.

If your child learns at home, This is My Home, This is My School” by Jonathan Bean is a positive affirmation of home schooling.This is my home, t his is my school by Jonathan Bean

Learning how children live in other countries can be an eye-opening experience; children are often curious as to how children from different lands play, learn and live, so finding books with a worldwide focus can be an intriguing way to get into the back-to-school mindset. Rain School” by James Rumford is a back-to-school story like no other; based on the author’s experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, children start the first day of school by building their school from scratch (using mud).

Whether you have a brave young kindergarten student, or an old pro third grader, here are some captivating titles for young listeners and readers:

Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Rain School by James Rumford

School Bus by Donald Crews

School Days Around the World by Catherine Chambers

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

A School Like Mine: A Celebration of Schools Around the World by Penny Smith

The Way to School by Rosemary A. McCarney

This is My Home, This is My School by Jonathan Bean

Here’s to a successful and positive new school year, filled with new discoveries and possibilities.

By Jennifer Schultz, Collection Services Development Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

[This article also appeared in the August 8, 2018 edition of The Fauquier Times.]

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