Friday, March 13, 2009

Back to School Books Wanted

I know, I know.
It's closer to the 100 days of school books time than it is to back-to-school books time.

Every year we children's librarians revise some of the booklist handouts that we lay around our libraries to help adults find great books for children.

This year, I've signed myself up to revise our library's Back to School booklist and I was just wondering if there were some newish (or old favorites) out there that I might not be aware of. If you have a favorite book you use every year to get kids ready for school, or a great new one you've just discovered, please let me know (in the comments section of the blog) and I'll try to get it/ them onto this booklist.

I might even post the final list, if anyone is interested in seeing it.

Oh, and if you haven't heard already, Betsy Bird over on Fuse # 8 is making a list of the All-Time-Best Picture books. She'd like you to send her your list of what you think are the top 10 picture books ever published -- since they began publishing picture books in America. She's going to moosh them together into a massive "Top 100 Picture Books of All Time."

Okay, that's two projects for you. Back to School books to me -- anywhere in the comments section is fine. And your Top Ten Picture Books of All Time to Betsy. Thanks.
-wendie old


Terry Doherty said...

Are you specifically looking for books for a younger audience? or maybe kids starting middle school/high school, too?

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten and Let's Get Ready for First Grade by Linda Desimowich

Molly McSholly Conquers Kindergarten by Tracy Uttley (a personal fave)

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing

Mouse's First Day of School by Lauren Thompson

My Preschool by Anne Rockwell
DW's Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown

There's a Dragon at My School by Stephen Cartwright

Splat by Rob Scotton

My School/Mi Escuela by Ginger Fogelsong Guy
It's not quite back to school, but it covers everything about school: What a Day it Was at School by Jack Prelutsky

Wendie O said...

Yes, these are books for children either entering Kindergarten for the first time, or returning to the primary grades. Picture books.

Thanks for your suggestions. I work both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. They'll be added to my running list tomorrow. -wendieO

laurasalas said...

OK, this is just a shameless plug, but Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School, is all poems set at school, and it covers lots of emotions--all the joyous and funny ones, but also shyness, nervousness, loneliness, bad moods, etc. I think it will make a good back to school book.

I did a listmania list of back to school books on amazon, but now I can't even find it. How can that function be so clunky! I'll try to find it and send it to you later...

Wendie O said...

thanks, WendieO