Picture Books for Back to School

Starting school is a big milestone for a child, and this life change can evoke a lot of thoughts and feelings. While some kids might feel excitement and pleasure, others may have anxiety and fear. No matter what they may be feeling, it's important that kids know they are not alone. Here at the library, we believe stories are a simple, and enjoyable, way to get that message across. We know books are valuable tools that can inspire important conversations, and this is true for picture books too! So, consider checking out one of these back to school picture books from your local library. We hope these stories empower you and the kids in your life to begin a brand new school year in a positive way! 

Lena's Shoes Are Nervous

Lena is excited about starting kindergarten but her favorite shoes are not until, with the help of her father and a very special headband, she convinces the shoes--and herself--to be brave.

Big Boys Cry

As they walk to his new school, a frightened Levi and his father learn that it is okay for big boys to cry.

All Are Welcome

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared.

Butterflies on the First Day of School

Rosie can't wait to start kindergarten--she's had her pencils sharpened and her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, on the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie's mom reassures her that it's just butterflies in her belly, and she'll feel better soon. Much to Rosie's surprise, when she says hello to a new friend on the bus, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! As the day goes on, Rosie frees all her butterflies, and even helps another shy student let go of hers, too.

The Day You Begin

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Want more? Check out this list of even more back to school picture books, and happy reading!