Friday Book Round-Up Goes #BacktoSchool! #kidlit #books #FridayReads

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. It’s back-to-school time and it brings back (good and bad) memories from my childhood. The smell of pencils, the school supplies shopping, the anxiety of a new teacher and classmates, the smell of new books… it’s all part of this time of year. So, here is my list of terrific books dealing with back-to-school. Many of them are aimed at young children but we all can enjoy them. So, without further ado, here they are:

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy  (Author), Kathy Hiatt (Editor), Kim Shaw (Illustrator)

How can Ralph be so mean? Lucy is one of a kind and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make a good choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves, even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.


Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton

How can there be homework when it’s only the first day of school? Splat must pick only one of all of his fun summer adventures to share with his classmates at show-and-tell. But in the end, Splat may find that the best part of his summer wasn’t an adventure at all. . . .


This School Year Will Be the BEST! by Kay Winters  (Author), Renee Andriani (Illustrator)

On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids? hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it?s looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone?s wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt?this school year will definitely be the best!


Being a Girl by Hayley Long  (Author), Gemma Correll (Illustrator)

Other books give you the facts — BEING A GIRL tells you the truth!


Being a girl is awesome. It can also be really, really hard. And no one knows that better than girls who are going through it right now. From BFFs to Mean Girls, selfies to self-esteem, pimples and periods and peer pressure, Being a Girl tells it like it is. Friendly, funny, reassuring, and totally honest, this is the book mothers will wish they had had when they were younger, and the one girls will turn to again and again.


Back-to-School Rules by Laurie B. Friedman  (Author), Teresa Murfin (Illustrator)

School’s in session! When it comes to surviving school, Percy’s at the head of the class. If you can follow his ten simple rules, making the grade will be a piece of cake (and school will be a lot of fun). But there’s more to school than showing up on time and staying awake in class. If you have any doubts, Percy also shows exactly what not to do.


  • No spitballs!

  • No running in the halls!

  • No bouncing off the ceiling!

  • No crazy scheming!


See what other trouble–and tips–Percy has in mind!


The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing  (Author), Julie Durrell (Illustrator)

‘Twas the night before kindergarten,

and as they prepared,

kids were excited,

and a little bit scared.


It’s the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all–saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won’t be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! Colorful illustrations illuminate this uplifting takeoff on the classic Christmas poem.


Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Kevin O’Malley  (Author, Illustrator), Judy Finchler  (Author)

Principal Wiggins has promised to dye his hair purple and sleep on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books this year, and Miss Malarkey is determined to find the right book for every student, including this story’s reluctant-reader narrator. Winning her students over book by book, Miss Malarkey will have students loving to read in no time. As the best selling series continues in paperback, no teacher, librarian, or parent should leave this book behind!


STEM Through the Months – Back to School Edition: for Budding Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians, Makers and Poets by Joyce Koff  (Author), Gary Carnow  (Author), Beverly Ellman  (Author)

New Edition, now with Journals! Now that many schools around the country have moved their start date to before Labor Day, this edition concentrates on August days. Designed for teachers and students, these activities will help you make and create wonderful classroom experiences. Using monthly themed events as a springboard and the maker movement for inspiration, students will build cross-curricular connections as they explore STEM – Science, Technology, Math and Engineering. Primarily aimed for students in grades three through grade eight, these engaging and innovative lessons and projects are easily adopted and adapted for learners of all ages. The projects and poetry lessons have been classroom tested and will provide enjoyable learning experiences in a variety of learning environments: home schooling; after-school programs; scouting; gifted and talented programs; extra-curricular clubs; adult ESL classes; and senior citizen activities. Inside this book you will find a jam-packed month of STEM lessons, projects and poetry to be used for Back to School and all through the year. Drawing on the inner poet in every child and the “let me do-it-myself” nature inherent in all learners, the activities and lessons will help your students earn an A for the Arts and will bring STEAM to your STEM initiatives. Your budding scientists, mathematicians and engineers will practice creative and inventive thinking skills as they develop throughout the year. These materials focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. You and your students will especially love the core poetry lessons. Students love poetry and learning about famous poets and their poems integrate easily with your STEM and common core focus. From our teaching experience, we have learned that some teachers are uncomfortable introducing how to write poetry. You will be amazed how easily these classroom-tested activities will assist young poets discover the joy of writing their own poetry. We hope that you have access to some classroom or school technology. As technology using educators, we know that technology enriches the classroom experience. For over thirty years, students and teachers have used technology tools to add exciting dimensions and high interest to classroom work. We have specifically designed these activities and projects to be enriched through the use of technology, however it is not a pre-requisite. Paper, pencils and other common classroom supplies will suffice. If you have access to a few computers and a printer, great, we believe strongly in using what you have. There is no need to go out and buy the latest and greatest.


My Weird School Special: Back to School, Weird Kids Rule! by Dan Gutman  (Author), Jim Paillot (Illustrator)

With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!


A.J. and the gang from My Weird School star in this special series of after-school, holiday-themed chapter books featuring all-new hilarious stories and thirty-two pages of games, puzzles, and more.


Summer is almost over, and you know what that means—time to head back to school! But when a tropical storm ends A.J.’s vacation earlier than expected, he and his family have to stay at Andrea’s house. Ugh, disgusting! When everyone in the house starts getting cabin fever, and even back-to-school shopping won’t calm the kids down, Andrea and A.J. are sent to Camp Ockatollyquay. The catch? It’s a camp to get kids ready for school! But not to worry—Andrea and A.J. rally the Ella Mentry School gang to end their summer on a note they’ll never forget.


Bestselling author Dan Gutman brings his kid-friendly sense of humor to this all-new series of holiday adventures. With My Weird School checklists and trivia plus tons of fun facts and puzzles, this is one weird back-to-school special you don’t want to miss!


Back to School, Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman  (Author), Tamara Schmitz  (Illustrator)

Summer’s over and that can only mean one thing for eight-and-3/4-year-old Mallory–she has to go back to school. But not just any school, an new school with all new kids in it. To make matters worse, her mom is going too! She’s the new music teacher, and Mallory can’t think of anything that could possibly be worse–until her first day. She has to sit with Pamela, who always says the right thing and steals her ideas. Her new neighbor, Joey is so busy with his old friends that he has no time for her, and to top it off, she’s picked to be an eggplant in the Fall Festival her mom is putting on. What can Mallory do?


Have any back-to-school book(s) you’d like to recommend? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict


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