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Back-to-School Books

Help your child start the new school year with one of these books.
on August 23, 2015

Back-to-school season is my favorite time of year. Every year on the first day of school, my kids find a new book waiting for them on the breakfast table. The book they receive correlates with the grade they are entering. They love finding their new book in the morning, and always think it's so fun that it's about a child or situation they can relate to. 

As a former kindergarten teacher and parent of a soon-to-be kindergartner (my third!), I've noticed that it seems to be easier to find books about kindergarten. However, there are SO many fantastic books about the other grades! Read through this list of my personal favorites, and pick out a few for your favorite elementary school student. Happy reading and have a great school year!

1st Grade Books:

The Night Before First Grade
by Natasha Wing

First Grade, Here I Come!
by Nancy Carlson

First Grade Jitters
by Robert Quackenbush

A Pirate's Guide to First Grade
by James Preller

First Grade Dropout
by Audrey Vernick

2nd Grade Books:

Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown
by Paula Danziger

The One and Only Stuey Lewis: Stories From the Second Grade
by Jane Schoenberg

Owen Foote, Second Grade Strongman
by Stephanie Greene

Herbie Jones Sails Into Second Grade
by Suzy Kline

Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up
by Melissa Thomson

3rd Grade Books:

Third Grade Angels
by Jerry Spinelli

Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian
by Michael Rex

Starring Jules (Third Grade Debut)
by Ain

The Hero of Third Grade
by Alice DeLaCroix

Rent a Third Grader
by B.B. Hiller

4th Grade Books

Fourth Grade Rats
by Jerry Spinelli

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume

Who's Afraid of Fourth Grade
by Nancy E. Krulik

Mason Dixon: Fourth Grade Disasters
by Claudia Mills

Fourth Grade Fairy
by Eileen Cook 

5th Grade Books

Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade
by Barthe DeClements

Amelia's Fifth Grade Notebook
by Marissa Moss

Radio Fifth Grade
by Gordon Korman

President of the Whole Fifth Grade
by Sherri Winston

Sing a Song of Tuna-Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories From the Fifth Grade
by Esme Raji

Do you have a favorite book that centers around a specific grade? Make sure to join the conversation on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page

(And for those of you looking for those kindergarten books, check out my post: 25 Books About Kindergarten.)

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