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Back-to-School Books Put Students in the Spirit
for a New School Year

Aug. 8, 2014 (TAMPA, Fla.) – The pencils are sharpened, the notebooks are crisp — and students and parents alike are experiencing feelings of excitement, anticipation and nervousness.

It’s back-to-school time.

Books are a great way to inspire family discussions, help children process emotions or channel excitement. Corbett Prep Media Specialist Bettyann Pitti pulled together several lists of great back-to-school books to help students of all ages with this transition.

Now that students have completed their summer reading, here are some books they can explore about the upcoming school year.

Kindergarten-Grade 2

Chrysanthemum (Kevin Henkes): Chrysanthemum loves her unusual name, until students start teasing her about it. Her teacher knows just what to do.

Foxy (Emma Dodd): A little girl is worried about the first day of school, so Foxy comes to the rescue.

If You Take a Mouse to School (Laura Numeroff): The curious critter is now off to school, with all sorts of new territory to explore.

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Joseph Slate): The story of 26 students and their teacher preparing for the first day includes alphabet practice and introduces young children to kindergarten.

My Teacher (James Ransome): A celebration of the ways teachers inspire students.

Ramona the Pest (Beverly Cleary): Ramona takes on kindergarten in this book from the classic series. First graders may relate more to Ramona the Brave, which addresses that school year.

Grades 3-5

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit (Tommy Greenwald): Reluctant reader Charlie Joe Jackson needs straight A’s and will do anything for extra credit.

Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret (Wanda Coven): Heidi seems like any other 8-year-old but is a witch in disguise. What will happen when she starts at a new school?

Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Louis Sachar): Take a trip through the tallest elementary school you can imagine, chock full of unusual students and teachers.

Thank You, Mr. Falker (Patricia Polacco): Trisha loves learning but struggles to read. A new fifth grade teacher makes a big difference.

Middle School

It’s the First Day of School…Forever (R.L. Stine):  The first day of school keeps happening again and again and again in this funny and scary tale from the author of the popular Goosebumps series.

The View from Saturday (E.L. Konigsburg): Four smart but shy students meet every Saturday for an Academic Bowl team in an endearing story about friendship.

The Wednesday Wars (Gary D. Schmidt): Follow seventh grader Holling Hoodhood’s mishaps and adventures during the tumultuous 1960s.

Zebrafish (Peter H. Reynolds): Vita has trouble making friends at her new school until she forms a band with an unlikely group of musicians. When one band member becomes seriously ill, the group rallies to support her through their first concert.

Find more suggestions on the  ReadWriteThink, Scholastic, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Bank Street Library websites.



Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.