5 Back to School Book Recommendations

From the Children’s Department of the North Shelby Library
All of these books are available to checkout at the North Shelby Library! All you need is a Shelby County Library card.

A new school year can be exciting and scary for children, help ease some of those back to school jitters with some of these stories they can read on their own or with you!

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; illus. by Christian Robinson (Roaring Brook Press)

It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? K – 3. 40 pages.


Bailey written and illus. by Harry Bliss (Scholastic)
Bailey loves school. Then again, he’s the only dog at Champlain Elementary. This is a fun and funny back-to-school read. 2Grade level: K–3. 32 pages.

Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade) written by Mac Barnett; illus. by Dan Santat (Hyperion/Disney)

After missing a question on her history test, our heroine builds a time machine. While she is changing history by painting caves in Belgium, two cave dudes steal the machine and do a little history-changing of their own. Grade level: K–3. 40 pages.

Call Me Oklahoma! written and illus. by Miriam Glassman (Holiday)

Paige, determined to put a humiliating third-grade experience behind her for the new school year, decides that renaming herself Oklahoma — “a name with guts” — will help make her the bold person she wants to be. Grade level: 1–3. 123 pages.


The Year of Billy Miller written and illus. by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

Second grader Billy is having a tough year, getting off on the wrong foot with his new teacher and worrying he’s not smart enough for school. Grade level: 1–3. 229 pages.


The North Shelby Library is located at 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd., Birmingham AL 35242

Find them online at http://www.northshelbylibrary. org, and their event calendar can be found at http://northshelbylibrary.  – You will find it full of fun storytimes and events starting back up again in September.


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