The Best New Back-to-School Books According to a Librarian

These back-to-school books for kids from preschool to sixth grade can help with the transition.


Get these back-to-school books on your radar! Though we’re rarely ready to say goodbye to summer, going back to school can be an exciting time for both parents and keiki.


Here are some educational and helpful back-to-school books that can help with the transition, recommended by Helena Ying, a junior/young adult librarian within the Hawai‘i State Public Library System. You can find these titles at your local library (which also means they’re free to borrow!).


SEE ALSO: 30 Hawai‘i Keiki Books to Add To Your Library


Lola Goes To School

Photo: Courtesy of Charlesbridge


For Preschoolers: Lola Goes to School

By Anna McQuinn

Lola meets new friends and tries many new things on her fun but exhausting first day of school.



For Kindergarteners and First Graders: Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time For School!

By by Carrie Finison

Little Tortoise hurries to school on her first day to be on time, but despite her best efforts, she gets passed by all her friends.



For Second to Fourth Graders: Audrey L and Audrey W: Best Friends-ish

By Carter Higgins

So far, second grade is not living up to Audrey Locke’s hopes. Starting Monday, she will not even be the only Audrey in second grade. But is the new Audrey all bad? Might the two Audreys have more in common than just their names?



For Fifth and Sixth Graders: How To Manage Your Social Power in Middle School

by Bonnie Zucker

Zucker offers appropriate and easy-to-apply advice you can use to thrive in your friendships and figure out who you are along with how to become the best version of yourself.


SEE ALSO: 6 Hawai‘i-Inspired Children’s Books to Read With Your Keiki


Check out the books at your neighborhood library, and enjoy other events and offerings such as baby and keiki story times. Learn more in this post: What You Need to Check Out at Hawai‘i State Libraries.