Favorite Back-to-School Books!

Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshops, shares her back to school favorites. For more of her picks, visit www.BlueWillowBookshops.com 


Being Edie is Hard Today 
by Ben Brashares and Elizabeth Bergeland
(Little Brown Books for Young Readers) 
No one understands how hard it is to be Edie. Her imagination may be the perfect escape, but Edie can’t run from her feelings if she’s going to be comfortable in her own skin. 


The Pigeon HAS to Go to School 
by Mo Willems
(Disney Publishing) 
Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? What if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! 


Butterflies on the First Day of School 
by Annie Silvestro
(Sterling Publishing) 
The night before the big day, Rosie’s tummy hurts. Her mom says it’s just butterflies in her belly. And then a butterfly flies out of her mouth! 


The King Of Kindergarten
by Derrick Barnes
(Nancy Paulsen Books)
Starting kindergarten is a big milestone–and the hero of this story is ready. His first day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge. 


Even Monsters Go to School
by Lisa Wheeler
(Balzer & Bray)
What’s a school day like for you? Bigfoot rides a yellow bus.Frankenstein shows off his new shoes. Troll loves playing tag at recess. Just like you, even monsters go to school! 


The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley
by April Stevens
(Schwartz & Wade Books)
Eleven-year-old Frances spends most of her time up on the rocks behind her house where she doesn’t have to think about her older sister, Christinia, who is changing in ways that Frances can’t understand. 


Pirates in Class 3
by Alison Donald
(Maverick Books)
When their teacher is gone, Class 3 has an unexpected adventure when Captain Calamity shows up looking for treasure in their classroom!


Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(Puffin Books)
Ally has fooled a lot of people, hiding her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. Her new teacher sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. 


The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer Holm
(Yearling Books)
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. Then one day a strange boy shows up, looking weirdly like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who is obsessed with immortality. 

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