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Back to school reads for kids

Back to school reads for kids

It seems impossible it is already August, but before we know it, it will be back to school time. Community Engagement Librarian Sarah Voels created this list of books for people looking for good reads for children as they get ready for a new semester.

Picture Books

Time for School, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurray

Little Blue Truck meets a school bus and is so excited. Look at all of the animals in the windows on their way to school! Little Blue Truck wants to be a school bus too, but it just might be too much work for such a little truck.

Vampenguin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Baby Dracula visits the zoo with his family. Baby Penguin lives at the zoo with her family. The two switch places for a full day of adventure.

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

Milo is on a long subway ride surrounded by strangers. What are their lives like? He passes the time imagining who they are when they’re not here beneath the city.

Isabel and Her Colores Go to School by Alexandra Alessandri

Isabel is going to a new school but English still feels uncomfortable. Spanish feels right, but her classmates don’t understand it. Together, they realize they can still speak to each other through art.


Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney

Rowley Jefferson comes back for yet another adventure as his imagination runs wild creating a hilarious world of zombies and ghosts along the way. These spooky stories have comical endings and make for a fun independent read.

The Bad Guys in Cut to the Chase by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys are here to do good deeds and be heroes, whether you like it or not, gosh darn it, and they are probably going to mess it up. That is certainly not going to stop them from encountering a mysterious doorway and discovering what is behind it.

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

Marisol loves adventures, or rather, the idea of adventures. She’s not very brave, which makes her different. Her mother was born in the Philippines, and her father works in Mexico, which also makes her different in her small Louisiana town. Maybe this is the summer where she isn’t teased for being different, and maybe this is the summer where she is just a little bit brave.


Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen

Yared lives in Addis Prime, an Afrofuturist, Ethiopian-inspired empire, with his uncle and bionic lioness, with no one else to see outside of a popular augmented reality game. As a star player of the game, Yared lives out his dream life as a daring adventurer until suddenly the myths come alive, and his uncle is kidnapped.

The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim

A debuting series in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, Riley is excited to support her sister Hattie being initiated into a clan of Korean healing witches. Despite her own efforts to learn the spells, Riley does not have the same magic until the sisters decide to cast a spell to share Hattie’s magic. It’s a great idea until chaos takes hold, and everything falls on Riley to fix.

Amina’s Song by Hena Khan

A follow-up to the award-winning Amina’s Voice, Amina has just had a wonderful trip to Pakistan, enjoying the food, people, and culture. Now that she is back in America, she wants to share her adventures with her classmates. She wants to share with them the joys and beauty of Pakistan, but everyone fixates on the negatives that they have heard.


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho

In an adapted follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, Acho looks at his experiences with race and racism as a younger man and compiles some of those stories for younger readers. This title works to encourage an open dialogue on systemic racism as it faces the young people of our communities.

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